Human Rights in Islam


Zeeshan Ahmed
Islam presents a complete code of life and it covers all spheres of Life its not sympathetic only for Human being but it preaches for kindness toward animals as well. Islam is the first religion ever addresses the nobility and dignity of Human being and call Human being the best creation. So, what is true Islam? Islam, an Arabic word whose root is “silm,” means peace and protection from danger. Islam is supposed to provide an environment of peace and tranquillity for all, Muslims and non-Muslims. It is supposed to protect everyone from external or internal threats and dangers. Since religious tolerance (and respect for other faiths) is among the basic teachings of Islam, it instructs Muslims to fight and to even give their lives, if need be, to protect places of worship of other faiths such as temples, churches and synagogues. Islam does not teach terrorism under any circumstances. It forbids killing of innocent civilians. The holy Book of Islam, the Qur’an, says: “If anyone murders an innocent person … it will be as if he had murdered the whole of humanity.” So, who is subject to terrorism is not true Muslim and is guilty. In December 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Islam seeks to establish a society in which everyone can walk freely and have complete physical, mental and spiritual freedom. The only restrictions would be those placed by the Divine Laws. If human beings earnestly make the effort to endorse, practice and propagate the rights, guidance, wisdom and values bestowed upon them, then society would continue to evolve and benefit from the boundless munificence which Almighty Allah has placed at our disposal. Although an Islamic state may be set up in any part of the earth, Islam does not seek to restrict human rights or privileges to the geographical limits of its own state. Islam has laid down some universal fundamental rights for humanity as a whole, which are to be observed and respected under all circumstances whether such a person is resident within the territory of the Islamic state or outside it, whether he is at peace or at war. The Quran very clearly states:”O believers, be you securers of justice, witness for God. Let not detestation for a people move you not to be equitable; be equitable – that is nearer to God-fearing.” (5:8)


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