2017.01.09 / 1438.04.09

Message of Condolence on the Demise of Justice C.G. Weeramantry

The All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama delivers this message with the deepest sympathies on the demise of Sri Lankabhimanya Christopher Gregory Weeramantry.

Justice C.G. Weeramantry, stands out as the most respected Sri Lankan jurist of highest eminence in the international arena. His judgments, writings and other scholarly deliberations have been immensely enlightening.

He authored "Islamic Jurisprudence: An International Perspective" which was a timely contribution towards the mutual understanding and harmony among the diverse communities and nations of the world. The misconception of Islam in today’s world is rightly understood long before and very much dealt with by Justice Weeramantry.

In his book “Islamic Jurisprudence – An International Perspective” states that, ‘Although the Islamic system of jurisprudence is one of the best developed and most adequate system in the world, very little is known about it by Western law students.  The average law course does not contain even a slight exposure to the richness of Islamic legal thoughts and the average law graduate passes out with no knowledge of it whatsoever’.

Justice Weeramantry also valued the significance of the separation of powers in the Islamic civilization where the judiciary is completely independent of political authority and the judges are placed in a much distinguished and higher position as against the ruler. Justice Weeramantry has also aptly named one of his books dealing with environmental issues after the Qur’anic verse epitomizing a universal message to mankind,”Tread Lightly on Earth”.

The ACJU and the Muslim Community extends its sincere condolences to his family and friends. Due honor to this great personality could be paid by at least studying and understanding his publications, which reflects of his profoundly genuine insight.

 

Ash-Sheikh M.M.A. Mubarak

General Secretary
All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama