Human Rights In Islam
BellaOnline's Islam Editor
Human Rights In Islam
Islam is a very just and fair religion and also a religion of mercy and
kindness. So it should come as no surprise that Allah Almighty has placed a
special emphasis on human rights.
The Shariah (Islamic Law) has laid down strict laws to safeguard the rights of
all human beings, particularly those who cannot find for themselves; like the
poor, the widowed and orphans.
The Prophet (S.A.W) said "Whoso has any of his brothers, disgraced or
usurped any of his rights, should beg pardon or pay back his dues before the
occurrence of Doomsday, where he would have neither gold nor money for the
settlement of dues. If he fails to achieve pardon in this world, his virtues
will be awarded to the person whom he had hurt. In case the oppressor had no
virtues left, the sins of the oppressed will be awarded to the oppressor."
In Islam, gossiping or slandering someone, unjustly abusing them etc are all
Talking about someone behind his back has been likened to eating their flesh.
Allah Almighty has said that He can forgive all transgressions against Him if
He so chooses, but He will not forgive you if you have wronged another person.
The person that you have hurt or wronged will have to forgive you before you
can be pardoned.
The Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) asked his Companions (Sahaaba) "Do you
know who is poor and empty handed?" The Companions said "We think
that the one who has no property or money is poor." The Prophet (Peace Be
Upon Him) remarked "Be sure the poor in my Ummah (followers) is he who
comes with the wealth of Fasts, Namaaz (Prayers) and Zakaat (Charity) alongwith
the misdeeds of having abused someone, blamed someone, snatched someone's
property, slained someone unnecessarily. In consequence his virtues will be
awarded to those whom he has hurt. If his virtues are finished, sins of the
claimants will be awarded to the opressor and surely he will be sent to Hell.
Such person is termed as poor."
As you can see Human Rights is a very serious issue in Islam. A Muslim must
refrain from violating the rights of others in any way. If you, as a Muslim,
have wronged someone who has now passed away, then all is not lost. You can
reciprocate his children instead. Let's say, for example, you owed someone
money but the man has now died. His death does not absolve you of your
responsibility. You should give the money to his children instead.
If you owe someone some money and the person seems to have forgotten about the
debt you owe him, this doesn't mean that the debt doesn't have to be repaid.
Pay it back immediately. It is far better to pay your debts off in this world
than to pay with your deeds later.
Be very careful regarding the rights of others and surely your reckoning on The
Day Of Judgement will be much easier.
May Allah Taalah help us all to treat each other with respect, kindness, mercy
To read more about Human Rights in Islam I highly recommend the book Human
Rights In Islam