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The Justice of Islam in Projecting Human Rights

MIT
12/7/2013
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In the Islamic state, the life and property of all citizens are considered sacred, whether the owner is Muslim or not.  Islam also protects honor.  So, in Islam, it is not allowed to insult people or make fun of them. The Prophet Muhammadr said: {Truly your blood, your property, and your honor are inviolable.} [Bukhari]

 

 

 

Racism, which is one of the greatest challenges of our time, is seriously frowned at and not allowed in Islam. The Qur'an speaks of human equality in the following terms:

 

O mankind! We have created you from a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes, that you may know one another. Verily, the most honourable of you in the sight of Allah, is that who has taqwa (i.e. the fear of Allah). Verily, Allah is All-Knower, All-Acquainted (with all things). [al-Hujurat :13]

 

And among His Signs is the creation of the heavens and the earth, and the difference of your languages and colours. Verily, in that are indeed signs for men of sound knowledge. [ar-Rum: 22]

 

 

 

Therefore, the only criterion for elevating persons above others is piety. Colour, linage, wealth amassed, fame acquired and so on are not bases for honouring people in Islam. Islam rejects certain individuals or nations being favored because of their wealth, power, or race.  God created human beings as equals who are to be distinguished from each other only on the basis of their faith and piety.

 

 

 

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: {O people!  Your God is one and your forefather (Adam) is one.  Be he an Arab is not be honoured above a non-Arab; be he a non-Arab is not to be honoured above an Arab; be he a red person is not to be honoured above a black person; and be he a black person is not to be honoured above a red person except in piety.} [Musnad Imam Ahmad]

 

 

 

The prophet ‎ (peace be upon him)‎, in this hadith, has only cited examples in putting across his point. It means that Islam does not grant honour and favours based on colours. The black man, white man, Arab person or any other tribe and colour has no honour over others except in piety.

 

 

 

In other words, only Allah can grade people and honour them. Iman is in the heart and not seen outwardly. Although, the actions one indulges in may portray what is in the mind, yet no one can beat his chest in claim of knowledge of the piety of people. Therefore, we humans are only to judge people according to their actions as displayed or as deserved, not based on colours or any other bias criteria.

 

 

 

It is very explicit that racism is one of the major problems facing mankind today.  The developed world can send a man to the moon but cannot stop man from hating and fighting his fellow man.  Ever since its inception, Islam has always provided a vivid example of how racism can be ended.  The annual pilgrimage (Hajj) to Makkah shows the real Islamic brotherhood of all races and nations, when millions of  Muslims from all over the world come to Makkah to perform Hajj.

 

 

 

Islam is a religion of justice.  God has said:

 

Verily, Allah commands that you should render back the trusts to those to whom they are due, and that when you judge between people, you judge with justice.... [an-Nisa : 58]

 

And He said:

 

...then reconcile between them justly, and be equitable. Verily, Allah loves those who are equitable. [al-Hujurat : 9]

 

 

 

Islam even commands justice be offered to those we do not really like and our enemies. Allah said:

 

...and let not the enmity and hatred of others make you avoid justice.  Be just: that is nearer to piety; and fear Allah.... [al-Ma'idah : 8]

 

 

 

The Prophet Muhammad ‎(peace be upon him)‎ said: {People, beware of injustice, for injustice shall be darkness on the Day of Judgment.} [Bukhari]

 

 

 

And those who did not get their rights (i.e. what they have a just claim to) in this life will receive them on the Day of Judgment, as the Prophet r said: {On the Day of Judgment, rights will be given to those to whom they are due (and wrongs will be redressed)...} [Muslim]

 

 

 

This is Islam, the religion of justice and rights. Laws and regulations stipulated 1400 years ago, and yet still have no rival in our modern days of human unprecedented discoveries and spread of knowledge. World organizations spend millions and billions of dollars just in enacting and ratifying one or two of such laws guarding and protecting the rights of human beings. Whereas Islam already provided them in an all encompassing manner. To say more, those of Islam are practiced without prejudice, for it is done aiming at the rewards of Allah the Almighty. While those enacted by we human beings, which we yet claim to be the best of things that ever happened to mankind, are openly mired with all sort of malpractices and ill intentions.

 

 

 

May Allah open our hearts to the light of Islam and show us the real truth embedded there in it, so that the human race can be once again saved from this wide spread injustice presently witnessed in virtually all sphere of our lives.






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