Freedom of Speech, Comparing Freedom of Expression in the Statutory Law and the Sharia Law

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University of Westminster
MA in International Journalism

Freedom of Expression

Comparing Freedom of Expression in the Statutory Law and the Sharia Law
(Human Rights Act 1998 of The British law as an exemplar)

Dissertation Submitted for
The MA Degree in International Journalism
University of Westminster

Motasem Ahmed Dalloul

Copyright (2012), University of Westminster and Motasem Ahmed Dalloul

Getting in touch with media law during the first semester of my Masters gave me a sense of the importance of law in general because it consists of acts and articles which organise most issues in the human’s life in a way that protects ethics and morals. Regardless of the hypocrisy and double-standards
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It took 23 years to be completed. Allah says about the miraculous Qur’an that no one can produce an analogy for It:
"قُلْ لَئِنِ اجْتَمَعَتِ الْإِنْسُ وَالْجِنُّ عَلَى أَنْ يَأْتُوا بِمِثْلِ هَذَا الْقُرْآنِ لَا يَأْتُونَ بِمِثْلِهِ وَلَوْ كَانَ بَعْضُهُمْ لِبَعْضٍ ظَهِيرًا"
The literal meaning of this Aya is: “Say, If mankind and the jinn gathered in order to produce the like of this Qur'an, they could not produce the like of it, even if they were to each other assistants,” (Al-Israa: 88).
Muslims believe that the Holy Qur’an is the main source of all kinds of knowledge on earth because Allah has mentioned that in this Aya:
"مَا فَرَّطْنَا فِي الْكِتَابِ مِنْ شَيْءٍ"
The literal meaning of the Aya is: “We have not neglected in the Register a thing,” (Al-An’am: 38).

Definition of the Holy Sunnah
All Muslim scholars agree on a certain definition of the Holy Sunnah. “It is the sayings of the Prophet Mohammed (PBH), his deeds and recognition.”
Deeds and recognitions are actions and deeds that the Prophet saw with his eyes or heard about by his ears then He allowed them to take place, recommended them or did not discard them.
Note: an important question emerges here that needs an urgent answer. In the light of this Aya “We have not neglected in the Register a thing” which has just been mentioned above, what is the need for the Holy Sunnah?
The Answer: Al-Imam al-Shawkani mentioned several Ayat from the Holy Qur’an

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