Opinion note: Is neutral humanitarian action permissible under Islamic law?

In this Opinion Note, Mohd Hisham Mohd Kamal examines neutral humanitarian action during armed conflicts from an Islamic perspective. By analyzing the Qur'an and the Sunnah, he finds that it is permissible to recognize a neutral third party. Moreover, Mohd Hisham Mohd Kamal considers siyasah al-Shar'iyyah and maqasid al-Shari'ah and finds that neutrality leads to the protection of lives and dignity and is thus compatible with the two concepts. He concludes that neutrality is permissible from the Islamic perspective.

About the author

Mohd Hisham Mohd Kamal
Associate Professor at International Islamic University Malaysia

Mohd Hisham Mohd Kamal is Associate Professor, Ahmad Ibrahim Kulliyyah of Laws, International Islamic University Malaysia. He can be contacted at mkmhisham@iium.edu.my.