Thursday, May 21, 2009

Quotes on "Violence"

Violence is a general term to describe actions, usually deliberate, that cause or intend to cause injury to people, animals, or non-living objects. Violence is often associated with aggression. There are essentially two kinds of violence: random violence, which describes small-scale acts of random or targeted violence, and coordinated violence, which describes actions carried out by sanctioned or unsanctioned violent groups, such as war and terrorism.

The violence quotes reflect the losses that might take place whenever a particular bad event occurs. These quotes depict the actions that intend to do some sort of harm to the people, or any type of a living being. Though the violence itself is not needed in the life but somehow or the other, some event is bound to take place that includes the perpetration of violence in it.

Physical violence is a violence against other human beings that inflicts injury or death, or threatens to inflict such violence, or any act dependent on such infliction or threat. Some types of religious or ethical nonviolence conceive of violence much more broadly. This narrower definition permits adherents to those beliefs to cooperate with persons and groups that are prepared on pragmatic grounds to practice nonviolent struggle. Domestic violence against women is as common in church-supporting households as in the wider community, according to the results of a Methodist research project. One in four respondents to a survey conducted as part of the research had either witnessed or experienced domestic violence as a child or had experienced domestic violence from a partner as an adult.

Opinions founded on prejudice are always sustained with the greatest of violence.
Francis Jeffrey

Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.
Salvor Hardin

I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence, or insanity to anyone, but they've always worked for me.
Hunter S Thompson

The only thing that's been a worse flop than the organization of non-violence has been the organization of violence.
Joan Baez

It is organized violence on top which creates individual violence at the bottom. It is the accumulated indignation against organized wrong, organized crime, organized injustice, which drives the political offender to act.
Emma Goldman

All violence, all that is dreary and repels, is not power, but the absence of power.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Violence is as American as cherry pie.
H. Rap Brown

Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.
Isaac Asimov

Victory attained by violence is tantamount to a defeat, for it is momentary.
Mahatma Gandhi

There are more pleasant things to do than beat up people.
Muhammad Ali

Perseverance is more prevailing than violence; and many things which cannot be overcome when they are together, yield themselves up when taken little by little.

The right things to do are those that keep our violence in abeyance; the wrong things are those that bring it to the fore.
Robert J. Sawyer

It is by no means self-evident that human beings are most real when most violently excited; violent physical passions do not in themselves differentiate men from each other, but rather tend to reduce them to the same state.
Thomas Elliot

Nothing good ever comes of violence.
Martin Luther

Degeneracy follows every autocratic system of violence, for violence inevitably attracts moral inferiors. Time has proven that illustrious tyrants are succeeded by scoundrels.
Albert Einstein

Victory attained by violence is tantamount to a defeat, for it is momentary.

Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.
John F. Kennedy

It is better to be violent, if there is violence in our hearts, than to put on the cloak of nonviolence to cover impotence.
Mahatma Gandhi

Non-violence is the policy of the vegetable kingdom.
H G Wells

There is a violence that liberates, and a violence that enslaves; there is a violence that is moral and a violence that is immoral.
Benito Mussolini

Violence has no constitutional sanction; and every government from the beginning has moved against it. But where grievances pile high and most of the elected spokesmen represent the Establishment, violence may be the only effective response.
William O. Douglas

Violence is unnecessary and costly. Peace is the only way.
Julius K Nyerere

Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius - and a lot of courage-to move in the opposite direction. -E. F. Schumacher.
E. F. Schumacher

The use of violence as an instrument of persuasion is therefore inviting and seems to the discontented to be the only effective protest.
William O. Douglas

Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent. -Salvor Hardin.
Salvor Hardin

These violent delights have violent ends.
William Shakespeare

Football is a mistake. It combines the two worst elements of American life. Violence and committee meetings.
George Will

It is better to be violent, if there is violence in our hearts, than to put on the cloak of nonviolence to cover impotence.

Lawlessness is lawlessness. Anarchy is anarchy is anarchy. Neither race nor color nor frustration is an excuse for either lawlessness or anarchy.
Thurgood Marshall

Violence does even justice unjustly.
Thomas Carlyle

Friday, May 15, 2009

Affirmative Action

Women enjoy equal rights in Shariah in respect of ownership, management of financial affairs, civil transactions and contracts. The Hanafi school has extended this position to the contract of marriage, although the majority of other schools have considered marriage an exception and require its solemnization by the legal guardian (wali) even of an adult woman. Since Islamic jurisprudence permits selection (takhayyur, or takhyir) among the leading schools, position which has been utilized in the statutory legislation in many Muslim countries, then there is basically no Shariah issue of concern in this area. Yet patriarchal customary practices, especially among the tribes of Asia and Africa, present obstacles to women's enjoyment of their civil and financial rights. The problem here is essentially not juridical but one of prevalent prejudicial custom and male-dominated family and society.

To give an example, the Quran unequivocally entitles female relatives to specified shares in an inheritance, which is, however, widely denied to them by their male relatives. Prohibitive statutory enactments in many Muslim countries on this and similar other issues have not succeeded in curbing entrenched customary positions. The Lesson one learns here is that prescriptive law reform needs to be followed by a wider campaign on awareness raising, education and policy initiatives.

Muslim women in rural Asia and Africa are not well aware of their rights either under the Shariah or statutory law. Legislation should naturally be continued to lead the way in the campaign for gender equality and economic empowerment of women. In some particularly difficult situations, recourse may be had to affirmative action legislation and quota system, for example, in admission to schools and employment centres, on a temporary basis at least, to promote the objectives of gender equality.

Compiled From:
"Shariah Law - An Introduction" - Mohammad Hashim Kamali, pp. 271, 272