Published on: 14 July 2023 at 12:00 IST
The Abu Dhabi Judicial Department (ADJD) recently organized an awareness lecture titled “Right to Self-Preservation” in Al Ain, in collaboration with the Abu Dhabi councils at the Citizens and Society Affairs Office in the Presidential Court. This lecture is part of the “Majlisna” initiative launched by the Judicial Department to promote legal culture and support the security, stability, and protection of community members, following the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice President, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of the Presidential Court, and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Judicial Department.
During the lecture, Counselor Dr. Mohammed Rashid Al Dhanhani, the Director of the Abu Dhabi Center for Legal and Community Awareness “Masouliya,” discussed the teachings of Islamic Sharia related to the preservation of human life, including relevant Qur’anic verses and hadiths, emphasizing their importance as religious necessities.
The lecture also explored the major causes of violence and its consequences on human safety, such as improper upbringing, normalization of violence within families, psychological factors, weak values and communication methods, lack of respect for others, irresponsibility, weakened sense of positive citizenship, social conflicts, weak religious faith, and the influence of movies that glorify criminals and provide society with ways to commit crimes.
Additionally, the lecture highlighted the social, economic, and security repercussions resulting from the prevalence of violence. It discussed the penalties for assaulting the right to life, which include retribution, and for physically harming individuals.
The lecture concluded with societal advice, including the importance of expressing grievances about existing laws and legislation without resorting to violence, fostering a spirit of tolerance, love, and respect, and strengthening positive citizenship by avoiding harm to society. It also emphasized the role of family heads in resolving disputes.
Overall, the lecture aimed to raise awareness about the right to self-preservation and promote a culture of non-violence and peaceful coexistence within the community.