A New Publication Launched by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community: Human Rights & Islam Journal

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Written and collected by Zia H Shah MD, Chief Editor of the Muslim Times

To rise above the challenges faced by humanity in our global village, climate change, terrorism, rise of populism and a gradual drift away from the religious values, to name a few, we need better understanding of human rights and coexistence.

The new journal is to highlight all the 30 Articles of Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The Golden Rule (which can be considered a law of reciprocity in some religions) is the principle of treating others as one would wish to be treated. It is a maxim that is found in many religions and cultures, including Islam. The maxim may appear as either a positive or negative injunction governing conduct:

  1. One should treat others as one would like others to treat oneself (positive or directive form).
  2. One should not treat others in ways that one would not like to be treated (negative or prohibitive form).
  3. What you wish upon others, you wish upon yourself (empathic or responsive form).

Fakir al-Din al-Razi and several other Qur’anic commentators have pointed out that Qur’an 83:1-6 is an implicit statement of the Golden Rule, which is explicitly stated in the tradition, “Pay, Oh Children of Adam, as you would love to be paid, and be just as you would love to have justice!” 1

Similar examples of the golden rule are found in the hadith of the prophet Muhammad. The hadith recount what the prophet is believed to have said and done, and traditionally Muslims regard the hadith as second to only the Qur’an as a guide to correct belief and action.

From the hadith, the collected oral and written accounts of the Prophet Muhammad, may peace be on him, collected after his lifetime:

A Bedouin came to the prophet, grabbed the stirrup of his camel and said: O the messenger of God! Teach me something to go to heaven with it. Prophet said: “As you would have people do to you, do to them; and what you dislike to be done to you, don’t do to them. Now let the stirrup go!” [This maxim is enough for you; go and act in accordance with it!]” — Kitab al-Kafi, vol. 2, p. 146.

None of you [truly] believes until he wishes for his brother what he wishes for himself. — An-Nawawi’s Forty Hadith 13 (p. 56).3

Seek for mankind that of which you are desirous for yourself, that you may be a believer. — Sukhanan-i-Muhammad (Teheran, 1938).4

That which you want for yourself, seek for mankind.4

The most righteous person is the one who consents for other people what he consents for himself, and who dislikes for them what he dislikes for himself.4

Ali ibn Abi Talib (4th Caliph in Sunni Islam, and first Imam in Shia Islam) says:

O’ my child, make yourself the measure (for dealings) between you and others. Thus, you should desire for others what you desire for yourself and hate for others what you hate for yourself. Do not oppress as you do not like to be oppressed. Do good to others as you would like good to be done to you. Regard bad for yourself whatever you regard bad for others. Accept that (treatment) from others which you would like others to accept from you… Do not say to others what you do not like to be said to you.  — Nahjul Balaghah, Letter 31.5

This new journal is a pursuit, in the Golden rule, human rights, women rights, freedom of speech and secularism.

References

  1. Th. Emil Homerin (2008). Neusner, Jacob, ed. The Golden Rule: The Ethics of Reciprocity in World Religions. Bloomsbury Publishing. p. 102.
  2. Th. Emil Homerin (2008). Neusner, Jacob, ed. The Golden Rule: The Ethics of Reciprocity in World Religions. Bloomsbury Publishing. p. 102.
  3. Wattles (191), Rost (100)
  4. [English title: Conversations of Muhammad] Wattles (192) Rost (100)
    Donaldson Dwight M. 1963. Studies in Muslim Ethics, p. 82. London: S.P.C.K.
  5. Muḥammad ibn al-Ḥusayn Sharīf al-Raḍī & ʻAlī ibn Abī Ṭālib (eds.), Nahj Al-balāghah: Selection from Sermons, Letters and Sayings of Amir Al-Muʼminin, Volume 2. Translated by Syed Ali Raza. Ansariyan Publications ISBN 978-9644383816 p. 350

 

11 replies

  1. My Friend, Zia, it is of utmost pleasure as well as surprise that an Islamist talks about freedom of speech and human rights – that is amazing to me having been an Egyptian Lawyer who grew up among moslem and Islamists and know exactly who they are, how they thing, and what they think. “Dogmatism?” If you know the meaning of the word, evidence is indisputable as to the horror Moslems cause in the world and have caused since 622. I respect you opinion of course, but I believe it is way out of reality.

    Nothing will ever salvage the damage that Moslems have done to themselves – nothing at all.

  2. I am not a proponent of Head cover as Islamically mandated. Unlike Mr. Bebawi who wants impose his view of perfect dress to others, I will defend any one’s right to choose whatever dress they want. An exception is facial cover due to security reason.

  3. Have the non-Muslim friends here ever considered that many of the women may be wearing Hijab for personal reasons, social, moral and spiritual and not as a display of their religion.

    • My dear friend, Zia, there are no secrets nor the quran is holy. Use simple critical thinking skills and read my book “god on trial.”

  4. Muslims of today are committing one fundamental sin, Shirk. They have taken their religious leaders for God. They are unable to question and stand against their religious leaders. Islam of Quran is peaceful, compassionate, humble and cooperative. It teaches modesty and simple living. It teaches justice and service. But the “ulema ” and “leaders” teach absolute obedience, no dissent or questions. They enslave people and use them for their personal gain.
    Organized religion is bad, be it Islam, Christianity or any other.
    Look at India. There was not a single Muslim in India few hundred years ago. Then came few Sufi and other simple Muslims. They were not organized. As a result now there are almost half a billion Muslims in the Indian subcontinent. This all happened without organized religion.
    Organized religion has only one purpose, political power. For that they need zealots. And that is exactly what they produce. Quran and Prophet do not matter. They are used just as a tool. Unless organized religion can be defeated there will be no peace.

  5. CS— Now I agree with your comment: thanks. it is cool
    Quote:
    Muslims of today are committing one fundamental sin, Shirk. They have taken their religious leaders for God. They are unable to question and stand against their religious leaders. —-

    As I often say here that most Islamic clerics are sinful Syrick, the biggest sin in Islam. Clerics often say to their followers : Clerics do not be allowed to criticize clerics are the voice of God and as reprecentative of prophet Muhammad pbuh. In Saudi and Iran those who protest Clerics “Fatwa” go to jail. Look at God’s warning :

    They take their priests and their anchorites to be their lords in derogation of Allah, and Q.9/31.

    Follow (O men!) the revelation given unto you from your Lord, and follow not, as friends or protectors, other than Him. Little it is ye remember of admonition. (3) How many towns have We destroyed (for their sins)? Our punishment took them on a sudden by night or while they slept for their afternoon rest. Q.7/3

    God has proven His law in Middles East— most Muslim worship their leaders, scholars or Imam ( Hadith) even their fatwa is against Al Quran, God alone.

    Muslim should trus on Al Quran ( God order) than men’s order.

    All our ❤️

  6. CS — I agree with your comment- it is cool, thanks

    Quote:
    Look at India. There was not a single Muslim in India few hundred years ago. Then came few Sufi and other simple Muslims. They were not organized. As a result now there are almost half a billion Muslims in the Indian subcontinent. This all happened without organized religion.
    Organized religion has only one purpose, political power. For that they need zealots. And that is exactly what they produce. Quran and Prophet do not matter. They are used just as a tool. Unless organized religion can be defeated there will be no peace.“==

    Yes most clerics are spreading Islam for the purpose of polical , power and finacial.

    Most clerics use mosques to spread hatred toward those who against his beliefs: they accuse them Khafir, enemy of Islam and should be banned or punished—Mosque are the center of hatred, and create conflict among Muslim community now.

    Whereas God condemn or forbid Clerics to judge others.

    The Believers are but a single Brotherhood: So make peace and reconciliation between your two (contending) brothers: And fear Allah that ye may receive Mercy. (10) O ye who believe! let not some men among you laugh at others: it may be that the (latter) are better than the (former): nor let some women laugh at others: it may be that the (latter) are better than the (former): nor defame nor be sarcastic to each other, nor call each other by (offensive) nicknames: Ill-seeming is a name connoting wickedness, (to be used of one) after he has believed: And those who do not desist are (Indeed) doing wrong. (11) O ye who believe! avoid suspicion as much (as possible): for suspicion in some cases is a sin: and spy not on each other, nor speak ill of each other behind their backs. Would any of you like to eat the flesh of his dead brother? Nay, ye would abhor it…but fear Allah: for Allah is Oft-Returning, Most Merciful. Q 49/12)

    This is what we see in Middle East where the extremist wahhabi Salafi clerics have been judging others are Khafir or enemy of Islam, Enemy of Islam have to be banned or persecuted or killed.

    Because of judgment has caused millions Muslim died, suffered and became refugee in other countries. Very sad.

    I would like Ahmadiyyah to take responsibility to correct or reform Islamic teaching that has contaminated with false teaching. The current Islamic teaching has caused conflict and war in Islamic countries.

    I urge CS to keep sharing your though here, dont be silent person.

    All love ❤️

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