This very timely and interesting article written in Urdu language reviews incidents of violence against medical personnel and property from an Islamic Shariah perspective. The author, Dr. Muhammad Adil, is a school teacher with a Ph.D. in Islamic Studies and a deep interest in exploring humanitarian issues and laws from an Islamic perspective. He also was one of the winners of the Second ICRC National Essay Competition in Pakistan in 2019.
The article begins with a very tragic example of violence against health-care workers that occurred in Mardan, Pakistan, where a hospital staffer was shot dead as a result of brawl that emerged between the relatives of a patient and hospital staff. Building on this example the writer introduces the Health Care in Danger (HCiD) project of the ICRC in Pakistan and goes on to discuss the Islamic Shariah’s view of violence against health care personnel and facilities. The author goes on to analyse the causes of such violence/attacks; he also proposes steps and measures to alleviate them. Dr. Adil has very beautifully elaborated the Shariah’s view by corroborating his claims with the authentic texts of Quran and Sunnah of the Prophet of Islam, also quoting from the classical books of Islamic jurisprudence.