01/08/2016 – Professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies at the University of Oxford Tariq Ramadan urges president of Indonesia Joko Widodo to stop executions
The execution spree in Indonesia has moved Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan to urge the government to end the death penalty for drug offenders as it does not reflect traditional or Islamic values.
The professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies at the University of Oxford, UK, wrote a personal letter to President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo on Sunday (July 31), saying Islamic law “calls for forgiveness and mercy. Above and beyond all of this, raḥmah [compassion] is an absolute necessity, an essential principle, an imperative duty, even if there is no doubt and all the conditions are gathered.”
Professor Tariq Ramadan’s Office