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Two law books, ‘Al-Ameen Law Report Volume V-2012′ edited by A.H.G. Ameen and ‘Muslim Law of Succession: A Guide’ which was authored by him, were launched last Sunday at Hotel Ranmuthu in Colombo.
The Chief Guest was Justice Saleem Marsoof.
The books were reviewed by Former Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) President Ikram Mohamed and the present BASL President Wijeyadasa Rajapaksha PC.
Justice Marsoof said the launch of Al-Ameen Law Report by A.H.G. Ameen in 2003 was a historic event not only for all Muslims of Sri Lanka irrespective of whether they are in any way connected with the administration of Justice or not, but also to all Sri Lankan judges, judicial administrators and legal practitioners irrespective of whether they belong to the Islamic faith or not. He said that was because the maiden volume of the Al-Ameen Law Report broke new ground as the first ever Sri Lankan law report to deal exclusively with what former Attorney General Shibly Aziz PC has describe in his Foreword to the inaugural volume as “the rich and myriad Islamic jurisprudence” of this country, he said.
Faisz Musthapha PC, who presided, said Muslim Law – the Law of succession was often misquoted and caricatured. The primary reason for this misconception was that a compilation of decisions by British Judges in colonial India had been projected by most non-Muslim text writers as being part of Islamic Jurisprudence.
“It is therefore refreshing that Al-Haj Ameen who is an active practitioner at the Bar and an academic of repute and is equipped with judicial experience both in regard to matrimonial and Wakfs matters had found the time to enrich our knowledge by bringing forth the Fifth Volume of his groundbreaking endeavour, the Al-Ameen Law Report.
Commenting on the launch of the second edition of the Muslim law of Succession – A Guide, Mr. Musthapha said this compilation of the Orders of the Board of Quazis, the Wakfs Tribunal and the judgments of the Court of Appeal – decisions which were not easily accessible – would provide a valuable source of reference to Judges, practitioners and law students and all those who were interested in Muslim personal law.
In his address Mr. Ameen said justice had become a tool in the hands of the powerful.
“It is the order of the day all over the world. New meaning has been given to democracy, Rule of Law, and norms. Montesquieu’s Theory of independent institutions of Legislative, Executive and Judiciary is no more meaningful,” he said.
“A person who helps a person in need on the road is brought home and treated and looked after well. One day he kicks him out and occupies the house. This was demonstrated by Israel. Yet the world supports Israel. It is only now Palestine is considered an entity. The power is with Israel — and America is the godfather who interferes in the affairs of various countries in the name of justice. Iraq and Libya were invaded. And now Syria is being invaded by rebels by the dictates of America. America’s henchmen are trying to oust the regime in power to achieve its vested interests.
The crisis facing justice is no different in Sri Lanka, too, he said, adding that “tying a Grama Sevaka to a tree is deemed to be justice.”
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