CNY Inspirations: True Islam Teaches the Right of Free Speech

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Source: Syracuse.com

By Dr. Muhammad Zafar Iqbal, who is a member of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, Syracuse chapter. He is a radiation oncologist currently practicing as medical director of radiation oncology, Buffalo Medical Group.

This feature is coordinated by The Post-Standard/Syracuse.com and InterFaith Works of CNY. Follow this theme and author posted Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday.

True Islam teaches that every human being has the right to freedom of speech and freedom of religion without the threat of coercion or punishment. This understanding stems directly from the Holy Quran, which clearly declares, “There is no compulsion in religion.” (2:257) Therefore, Islam wholeheartedly supports the First Amendment of the United States Constitution as well as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights–both of which guarantee freedom of conscience, religion and speech. The Holy Quran and the life of the Holy Prophet Muhammad demonstrate that true Islam does not sanction any punishment for changing one’s faith (i.e., apostasy). True Islam also requires a Muslim’s loyalty and obedience to their respective country of residence and its laws. The Holy Quran states, “O ye who believe, obey Allah and obey the Prophet and obey those in authority from among you.” (4:60).

Dr. Muhammad Zafar Iqbal is a member of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, Syracuse chapter. He is a radiation oncologist currently practicing as medical director of radiation oncology, Buffalo Medical Group.

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