HUMAN RIGHTS AND JUSTICE IN ISLAM Islam provides many human rights for the individual. The following are some of these human rights that Islam protects. The life and property of all citizens in an Islamic state are considered sacred, whether … Continue reading
The character of the prophet Muhammad
Because of differences, problems and issues cannot be avoided. Therefore, what we need is a code of conduct and fundamental principles that are agreeable to all; a code of conduct that can be accepted by all civilized communities; a code of conduct that allows us to live together in peace and harmony despite our differences and diversity. A key principle and code of conduct is the need for mutual respect – respect for one’s beliefs, one’s religion, and refrain from hurting the feelings of any group. That is a key principle of Islam.
Allah said in surah Al-Nisa 35: Worship Allah and associate nothing with Him, and to parents do good, and to relatives, orphans, the needy, the near neighbor, the neighbor farther away, the companion at your side, the traveler, and those whom your right hands possess. Indeed, Allah does not like those who are self-deluding and boastful”. The golden rule, or the ethics of reciprocity, is an Islamic moral principle, which calls upon people to treat others the way they would like to be treated.
None of you has faith until he loves for his brother or his neighbor what he loves for himself. (Prophet Muhammad a,s,)
In another narration, the Prophet said:
وَالَّذِي نَفْسِي بِيَدِهِ لَا يُؤْمِنُ عَبْدٌ حَتَّى يُحِبَّ لِأَخِيهِ مَا يُحِبُّ لِنَفْسِهِ مِنْ الْخَيْرِ
By Him in whose Hand is my soul, a servant does not believe until he loves for his brother what he loves for himself of goodness.
The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said:
لَا تَدْخُلُونَ الْجَنَّةَ حَتَّى تُؤْمِنُوا وَلَا تُؤْمِنُوا حَتَّى تَحَابُّوا أَوَلَا أَدُلُّكُمْ عَلَى شَيْءٍ إِذَا فَعَلْتُمُوهُ تَحَابَبْتُمْ أَفْشُوا السَّلَامَ بَيْنَكُمْ
You will not enter Paradise until you believe and you will not believe until you love each other. Shall I show you something that, if you did, you would love each other? Spread peace between yourselves.
So long as there is no peace, harmony or justice with God, there could be no peace, harmony or justice with self either. And surely, so long as there is no peace, justice or harmony with God and self, there could be no amity, harmony or fairness with people either, and with the rest of the constituents in the intricate web of creation.
“Hurt no one so that no one may hurt you.” (Farewell Sermon of the Messenger of Allah)
Allah s.w.t says in surah Al-An’am verse 108: “And do not insult those they invoke other than Allah, lest they insult Allah in enmity without knowledge. Thus We have made pleasing to every community their deeds. Then to their Lord is their return, and He will inform them about what they used to do.”
The Prophet s.a.w himself led by example in this matter. In a hadith reported by Imam Al-Bukhari, a group of people walked past the Prophet s.a.w,and said: “As-sam ‘alaikum” which means “death be upon you”. Hearing that, Sayida Aisha r.a stood up and said: “death and the curse of Allah be upon you”. Allah’s Messenger s.a.w said: “Be calm, O ‘Aisha! Allah loves gentleness and calmness in all matters.” In a narration reported by Imam Muslim Rasulullah s.a.w said: “Oh Aisha, verily Allah is the Most Gentle and loves gentleness, and He bestows gentleness upon what was not bestowed with harshness”.
Peace and blessings be upon you o Messenger of Allah!
عن أبي هريرة قال سمعت رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم يقول جعل الله الرحمة مائة جزء فأمسك عنده تسعة وتسعين جزءا وأنزل في الأرض جزءا واحدا فمن ذلك الجزء يتراحم الخلق حتى ترفع الفرس حافرها عن ولدها خشية أن تصيبه (صحيح البخاري
Ebu Hurejre r,a, je rekao; Čuo sam Allahovog Poslanika da je rekao: Allah dž,š, je podjelio RAHMET (milost) na 100 dijelova, 99 je zadržao kod sebe a samo je jedan RAHMET spustio na Zemlju, pa od tog dijela se sva stvorenja snadbjevaju sa tim jednim dijelom RAHMETA. Tako da i konj podigne nogu da ne zgazi ždrijebe. Imam Buhari.
(Narrated Abu Huraira: ”I heard Allah’s Apostle saying, Allah divided Mercy into one-hundred parts and He kept its ninety-nine parts with Him and sent down its one part on the earth, and because of that, its one single part, His creations are Merciful to each other, so that even the mare lifts up its hoofs away from its baby animal, lest it should trample on it.”) Imam Bukhari.
The good word Dear Muslims; my topic today is “the good word” Allah taught us to say the good word daily, and on all occasions. He instructed us to refrain from the bad and the evil word. In Surah Ibrahim … Continue reading
Deterring people from backbiting (Gheebah) Definition of Gheebah: When the Prophet was asked about backbiting, he answered: “To mention your brother in a manner which he dislikes”. Then he was asked, “What if my brother actually has (this failing) that … Continue reading
Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him) said: ‘Forgive him who wrongs you. Join him who cuts you off. Do good to him who does evil to you and speak the truth even if it be against yourself.’
Prophet Muhammad’s Kindness to Animals When we mention the religion of Islam, often the first word that comes to mind is peace. The word Islam is derived from the infinitive ‘sa-la’ma’ which also is the root for the word salam, … Continue reading
Peace and Justice in Islam By: Imam Zaid Shakir We are living in a world where there could obviously be more peace. As Muslims, we realize this fact more than most people, as the peace of many of our brothers … Continue reading