Religious scholars appeal to drivers to draw on Islamic values to improve discipline

August 22, 2010
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Religious scholars in Qatar have appealed to drivers to draw on Islamic values to improve their sense of discipline on the road.

“We reject the bad behaviour of some motorists on roads, including terrorizing others by reckless driving and speeding and parking illegally in a way that blocks the traffic flow,” Dr Rashid Zahrani, a Muslim preacher, said. “Some drivers do not care about hurting others on the road and putting pedestrians’ lives at risk while others harass people by honking. All these are rejected by Islam as they are against religious norms and principles,” he said, quoted by Qatari daily Gulf Times.

Zahrani said that Islam stressed values that could help control the behaviour of motorists and thereby ensure discipline that would lead to road safety.

“Islam teaches people to really care about other’s feelings. It stresses several values which can help control the behaviour of road users,” he said.

Shaikh Ahmad Al Buainain, an expert at the Ministry of Endowments and Islamic Affairs, said that road safety in Islam was not the responsibility of the traffic police alone but a collective one to which everyone should contribute.

“If removing hindrances from the road is a good deed that is rewarded by God, then hurting others on the road, for sure, would be a punishable act,” he said. “For this reason, we are requested to take care of both pedestrians and other motorists on roads.”

The scholars were speaking at lectures to promote the “Ramadan Campaign for Safe Driving” launched by the Qatari interior ministry.

Last week, Mohamed Saad Al Kharji, Traffic Department director, said that although Qatar had the lowest fatality rate among Arab countries, some 35% of the road accident victims were young people.

         

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