Thursday, March 17, 2005

Human rights in Islam

Islamic teachings never allow any person professing a different religious belief in an Islamic state to be deprived of human or religious rights because Islamic teachings clearly state that there is no compulsion of any kind over others in matters of religion or faith. A famous Hadith of the Prophet (pbuh) says “All creatures are God's family or children who are dependent on Him for their life and survival. Among all these creations, the dearest to Him is one who behaves gently with His creatures.”

Western media presents a distorted image of Islam. The Islamic way of life lays emphasis on justice. It treats humanity on equal footing and provides freedom after ending slavery. The charter of human rights which the United Nations presented before the world in 1948 was preached by the Prophet of Islam 1400 years ago. (Translated from Urdu)


At March 18, 2005 12:58 AM, Blogger JohnathanRGalt said...

Western media really does present a distorted image of Islam. Even President Bush goes out of his way to call Islam a "religion of peace". The media seems to go out of it's way to hide the true meaning of Islam.

Here's just 5 of thousands of hateful verses taken directly from the Quran.

Therefore take not from among them friends until they fly their homes in allah's way; but if they turn back, then seize them and kill them wherever you find them, and take not from among them a friend or a helper. - 4:89

When the sacred months have passed away, then slay the idolaters wherever you find them, and take them captives and besiege them and lie in wait for them in every ambush - 9:5

Make war on them until idolatry is no more and Allah's religion reigns supreme - 8:39

Make war on the unbelievers and the hypocrites and deal sternly with them. Hell shall be their home, evil their fate. - 66:9

The unbelievers among the People of the Book and the pagans shall burn forever in the fire of hell. They are the vilest of all creatures. - 98:51


Of course, the Jewish/Christian Bible (shared with the Muslims as a Holy book) has numerous verses about killing 'pagans' too -- mixed in along with all the 'love thy neighbor' verses.

To be fair, many of these hateful verses were written in times of battles and wars. The Islamists/Jehadis are now taking these verses out of context and using them to justify their murders and atrocities.

We can only hope the Muslims, for their sakes as well as ours, will instead accentuate the peaceful Quranic verses:

There is no compulsion in religion, for the right way is clearly from the wrong way. Whoever therefore rejects the forces of evil and believes in God, he has taken hold of a support most unfailing, which shall never give way, for God is All Hearing and Knowing. - 2:256


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