Conflict Resolution comparison across Religions and Traditions

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  1. Cino

    Cino Big Love! (Atheist mystic)

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    How does your tradition deal with the inevitable complexities of human society?

    What protocols are in place to address violations of your ethical rules?

    How are "under the radar" conflicts resolved, which do not develop out of disregard for any of your precepts but which are clearly causing pain to those involved?

    Have you seen these protocols or mechanism play out in real life situations? How did it go?
     
  2. OrtaYol

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    2:190 - And fight in the way of God with those; who fight with you, but aggress not: God loves not the aggressors.

    4:135 - O ye who believe! stand out firmly for justice, as witnesses to Allah, even as against yourselves, or your parents, or your kin, and whether it be (against) rich or poor: for Allah can best protect both. Follow not the lusts (of your hearts), lest ye swerve, and if ye distort (justice) or decline to do justice, verily Allah is well-acquainted with all that ye do.

    5:8 - O ye who believe! stand out firmly for Allah, as witnesses to fair dealing, and let not the hatred of others to you make you swerve to wrong and depart from justice. Be just: that is next to piety: and fear Allah. For Allah is well-acquainted with all that ye do.

    41:34 - And not alike are the good and the evil. Repel (evil) with what is best, when lo! he between whom and you was enmity would be as if he were a warm friend.

    49:9 - And if two factions among the believers should fight, then make settlement between the two. But if one of them oppresses the other, then fight against the one that oppresses until it returns to the ordinance of Allah. And if it returns, then make settlement between them in justice and act justly. Indeed, Allah loves those who act justly.

    Not sure if this is what you are looking for but these are some of the verses from the Quran which address different conflict situations.
     
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  3. Cino

    Cino Big Love! (Atheist mystic)

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    Thanks! So how does this play out in practice?
     
  4. Arif Ghamiq

    Arif Ghamiq Active Member

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    I see this played out often in Muslim Communities. Disagreements, disputes in business are settled by the mediation of a small group of respected Brothers - not always the same people - the Imam will often get involved. This happens alot with family disputes too.
     
  5. Cino

    Cino Big Love! (Atheist mystic)

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    Mediation is a good thing. How do both sides agree to go to a mediator? Is there social pressure? Does the office of Imam bear greater weight, i.e will people listen more to an Imam's suggestion to do mediation, than to other people's suggestions?
     
  6. OrtaYol

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    Don't really know enough about that, to answer. :)
     
  7. Arif Ghamiq

    Arif Ghamiq Active Member

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    Social pressure ? I'd say there is some, we are expected to settle our disputes within the Community. Taking a Brother to court with a lawsuit, for example, would be viewed by many in the Community as a failure to properly implement Islam.

    Both sides do agree to mediation and to the chosen mediators, which - from my experience - are always at least three, never seen just one mediator unless it is the Imam. Sometimes people will just go to the Imam with a problem, seeking advice & resolution.

    The people chosen as mediators are usually well respected members of the Community, really haven't seen much disagreement over mediators.

    Yes - the office - position - of Imam certainly carries more weight. Every Imam I've known was an 'Alam (Scholar) and many are actually a Mufti, meaning they have the recognized educational credentials to issue a Fatwa (Islamic Legal Ruling). The Imam is usually always consulted in a mediation - decisions are usually discussed with the Imam to be sure it is in line with Islamic Law. People will definitely listen to the Imam more than others.
     
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    Assalamuwa'alaikum :)
    Yes, the Imams issue fatwas. Naturally, sectarian interests often affect the conclusions reached,
    but without respect for the Imam, there is no social cohesion.
    Sometimes, Imams are controlled by Mosque commitees, and it can be useful to seek advice from the main madrassas (centres of learning)
     

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