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        O you who believe! Stand out firmly for justice, as witnesses to Allah, even as against yourselves, or your parents, or your kin, and whether it be (against) rich or poor: for Allah can best protect both.  Do not follow low desires, lest you deviate, lest you swerve, and if you distort or decline to do justice, verily Allah is well-acquainted with all that you do

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Executive Summary Associating the word Liberty with that of the ‘Sharī’ah’ doesn’t always readily spring to mind.   On the contrary, the very notion that the Sharī’ah could in any way be associated with a conception or idea of liberty appears to be totally absent from contemporary discourse.  Too often the very idea of the Sharī’ah that is conjured in people’s minds relates solely to punishments. Islam being a complete Deen provides clear boundaries and regulations not only in