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  1. Zia Shah

    The Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Islam — With the election of a son of a Kenyan man to the highest office in USA we see gradual perfection of the vision expressed in the words, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.” But at the same time, suicidal bombings by terrorist, the outrageous violations of human rights in Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib, the indifference to the so called collateral damage in air bombings, have again rekindled the question as to what are the human rights and where do they come from. The events since September 11, 2001 have jolted every citizen of the planet earth with renewed quaking and put them on a quest to look for answers. Is life of an American more sacred than a non-American? What if he or she is a Muslim? Are all humans truly created equal? Where did the words, ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal;’ come from? To one exposed to Western propaganda only these words came from the pen of President Thomas Jefferson, as he authored United States Declaration of Independence in 1776. But a more cultured Westerner may know what Wikipedia mentions, under the heading all men are created equal, “Many of the ideas in the Declaration were borrowed from the English liberal political philosopher John Locke.” But that is where Western scholarship ends. Locke lived in the seventeenth and eighteenth century. Such is the dissociation of the Western writers in terms of ignoring the beauties of Islam, that they can attribute all such liberal ideas with a straight face to Western philosophers, despite the fact the Muslim literature has been replete with mention of the Holy Prophet Muhammad saying to a crowd of more than a hundred thousand people, at the time of the final pilgrimage, an event that itself symbolizes human equality, “All of you are equal. All men, whatever nation or tribe they may belong to, and whatever station in life they may hold, are equal. Allah has made you brethren one to another, so be not divided. An Arab has no preference over a non-Arab, nor a non-Arab over an Arab; nor is a white one to be preferred to a dark one, nor a dark one to a white one.” The whole of his sermon is recorded in history and has been more famous and cherished than the Gettysburg address in the Muslim world over the centuries. This is where human equality began, not only for the Muslims but for the whole of humanity!http://knol.google.com/k/zia-shah/the-universal-declaration-of-human/1qhnnhcumbuyp/67#

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    The fundamental verse of the Holy Quran about Universal Brotherhood — The Holy Quran is a very dynamic book and has teachings available that are suitable to the time. Its vision is none other than that of a global village where all humans enjoy equal rights. The verse I have in mind:يٰۤاَيُّهَا النَّاسُ اِنَّا خَلَقْنٰكُمْ مِّنْ ذَكَرٍ وَّاُنْثٰى وَجَعَلْنٰكُمْ شُعُوْبًا وَّقَبَآٮِٕلَ لِتَعَارَفُوْا‌ؕ اِنَّ اَكْرَمَكُمْ عِنْدَ اللّٰهِ اَتْقٰٮكُمْ‌ؕ اِنَّ اللّٰهَ عَلِيْمٌ خَبِيْرٌ‏ “O mankind, We have created you from a male and a female; and We have made you into tribes and sub-tribes that you may recognize one another. Verily, the most honourable among you, in the sight of Allah, is he who is the most righteous among you. Surely, Allah is All-knowing, All-Aware.” (Al Quran 49:14)As the precise text of the Holy Quran is preserved and its language is alive and as it is not a translation from a translation, like the Bible, it can give us subtle details that other scriptures cannot. The words used in this verse are يٰۤاَيُّهَا النَّاسُ after the Quran had used the expression of ‘the believers,’ يٰۤاَيُّهَا الَّذِيْنَ اٰمَنُوْا five times before, in this very chapter; a subtle hint at the ‘Universal Brotherhood’ of man a Brotherhood that needs to be established when time is ripe. When communication means have brought all of humanity so close that they are a global village. When the children of slave holders in USA are so close and compassionionate to the children of slaves in Haiti that they managed perhaps the greatest relief effort in the island of Haiti, in April of 2010 and the international media did not drop a beat in the recovery effort of 33 miners in Chile, in October of 2010.

  3. Zia Shah

    Islam does not monopolizes truth and recognizes the basic truth in all religions — “Indeed, We have sent thee (Muhammad) with the truth, as a bearer of glad tidings and as a Warner; and there is no people on earth in any age who did not receive a Warner from God.” (Al Quran, 35:25)The Quran does not condemn all the non-believers, it says:”Surely those who have believed in Muhammad as a Messenger of God, and the Jews, and the Sabians, and the Christians—whoso believes in Allah and the Last Day and does good deeds, on them shall come no fear, nor shall they grieve.” (Al Quran, 5:70)

  4. Zia Shah

    Let the Muslim be my Master in Outward Things: References to Islam in the Promotion of Religious Tolerance in Christian Europe — A recent convert to Islam in Netherland, Abdul Haq Compier explores the issue of Religious freedom in Europe and how it came about. He writes:”Religious tolerance may seem very self-evident to the modern reader, who is educated to believe that tolerance is one of the fundamental values upon which Europe was built. However, up until the 16th century, religious tolerance was not seen anywhere in Europe. Ever since the Roman Empire, Christian rulers governed by the phrase ‘One Empire, One Law, One Faith.’ Christian theology regarded Christ as the only way to salvation, and the Church as the only way to Christ. Disbelievers were regarded to be exempted from salvation, and hence criminals, ‘children of Satan.’ The Church argued that it was the responsibility of the ruler to cleanse the community of corruption, or he would be held responsible. When persecutions became unbearable, Christians looked to Islam for help.” To read his article please go to:https://www.alislam.org/egazette/articles/Islam-in-Christian-tolerance-201001.pdf ——————————————————————————–

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    Human dignity and prisoners of war — Almost fourteen hundred years before the Geneva Convention, Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib, the Prophet of Islam, who was mercy to mankind was setting unparalleled rights for the prisoners of war, who had not only been guilty of an illegal war but were also in extreme violation of basic human rights of the Muslims over a period of 13 years.Five former U.S. Secretaries of State, both Democrats and Republicans, are calling for the nation’s Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba to be closed. They include Colin Powell, who served under George W. Bush, Henry Kissinger, who served under Nixon, James Addison Baker III, who served under George H.W. Bush, and Madeleine Albright and Warren Christopher, who served under Bill Clinton.All five spoke at a roundtable in Athens, Georgia, recently. Powell said: “Our image abroad has dropped significantly. Perhaps this administration has spoken a little too harshly in a unilateral way,” and added, “There are some things the new president can do right away. I hope the new president, and it seems it will be the case, will close Guantanamo immediately. And say to the world that we are now going to go back to our traditional, respected way of dealing with people who have potentially committed crimes.”Kissinger called Guantanamo a “blot on us” and agreed it should be closed. James Baker, who headed the now forgotten Iraq Study Group, declared:“It gives us a very, very bad name, not just internationally. I have a great deal of difficulty understanding how we can hold someone, pick someone up, particularly someone who might be an American citizen – even if they were caught somewhere abroad, acting against American interests – and hold them without ever giving them an opportunity to appear before a magistrate.”http://www.nwprogressive.org/weblog/2008/03/its-time-to-close-guantanamo.htmlIn many cases prisoners of the battle of Badr, the first defensive battle that Muhammad, may peace be on him had to fight, were released without exchange or ransom as a matter of favor (Al Quran 47: 5). Ransom could be very light. After the battle of Badr, it was announced that the ransom of a literate prisoner would be that he should teach Arabic alphabets to ten Muslim children.The prisoners of Badr, who were seventy in number, were committed to the custody of individual Muslims. Among the prisoners was the Prophet’s uncle, Abbas, who generally stood by the Prophet during the days at Mecca. Abbas had been compelled to join the Makkans and to fight the Prophet.The Prophet Isaiah had spoken again and again of the justice of this Prophet, who had just emerged victorious from a deadly battle. Of this justice, there was a grand demonstration on this occasion. Returning to Medina the Prophet rested for the night on the way. The devoted followers who watched him could see that he turned from side to side and could not sleep. They soon guessed that it was because he heard the groans of his uncle, Abbas, who lay nearby, bound tight as a prisoner of war. They loosened the cord on Abbas. Abbas stopped groaning. The Prophet, no longer disturbed by his groans, went to sleep.A little later he woke up and wondered why he no longer heard ‘Abbas groan. He half thought Abbas had gone into a swoon. But the Companions guarding Abbas told him they had loos¬ened the cord on Abbas to let the Prophet sleep undisturbed. ‘No, no,’ said the Prophet, ‘there must be no injustice. If Abbas is related to me, other prisoners are related to others. Loosen the cords on all of them or tie the cord tight on Abbas also.’ The Companions heard this admonition and decided to loosen the cords on all the prisoners, and themselves bear the responsibility for their safe custody.The Holy Prophet directed that the prisoners should be dealt with gently and their needs and comfort should be looked after. In this connection, Sir William Muir, a Christian missionary has observed in Life of Muhammad:”In pursuance of Muhammad’s command, and in accord with the passage [of the Holy Quran] already quoted, the Citizens, and such of the Refugees as had houses of their own, received the prisoners with kindness and consideration. Blessings on men of Medina, said one of these in later days, they made us ride, while they themselves walked on foot; they gave us wheaten bread to eat when there was little of it, contenting themselves with dates. It is not surprising, therefore, that some of the captives, yielding to these influences, declared themselves Believers, and to such their liberty was at once granted. The rest were kept for ransom. But it was long before Quraish could humble themselves to visit Medina for the purpose. The kindly treat¬ment was thus prolonged, and left a favorable impression on the minds even of those who did not at once go over to Islam.”

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    A Message of Peace — The Messiah of this era, the lead follower of the Prophet Muhammad, may peace be upon him, Hadhrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad wrote in his last booklet, titled a Message of Peace:A religion which does not inculcate universal compassion is no religion at all. Similarly, a human being without the faculty of compassion is no human at all. Our God has never discriminated between one people and another. This is illustrated by the fact that all the potentials and capabilities which have been granted to the Aryans have also been granted to the races inhabiting Arabia, Persia, Syria, China, Japan, Europe and America. The earth created by God provides a common floor for all people alike, and His sun and moon and many stars are a source of radiance and provide many other benefits to all alike. Likewise, all peoples benefit from the elements created by Him, such as air, water, fire and earth, and similarly from other products created by Him like grain, fruit, and healing agents, etc. These attributes of God teach us the lesson that we, too, should behave magnanimously and kindly towards our fellow human beings and should not be petty of heart and illiberal.To read this 58 page booklet go to:http://www.alislam.org/library/books/Message-of-Peace.pdf

  7. Zia Shah

    All Terrorists are Muslims…Except the 94% that Aren’t — Loonwatch 2010-09-24 21:56:27CNN recently published an article entitled Study: Threat of Muslim-American terrorism in U.S. exaggerated; according to a study released by Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, “the terrorist threat posed by radicalized Muslim-Americans has been exaggerated.” Yet, Americans continue to live in mortal fear of radical Islam, a fear propagated and inflamed by right wing Islamophobes. If one follows the cable news networks, it seems as if all terrorists are Muslims. It has even become axiomatic in some circles to chant: “Not all Muslims are terrorists, but nearly all terrorists are Muslims.” Muslims and their “leftist dhimmi allies” respond feebly, mentioning Waco as the one counter example, unwittingly affirming the belief that “nearly all terrorists are Muslims.” But perception is not reality. The data simply does not support such a hasty conclusion. On the FBI’s official website, there exists a chronological list of all terrorist attacks committed on U.S. soil from the year 1980 all the way to 2005. The list can be assessed on the the web. http://www.loonwatch.com/2010/01/not-all-terrorists-are-muslims/

  8. Zia Shah

    Human equality comes from Islam and not from the Western civilization! — Everyone in this room a 100 years ago would have been a racist: Richard Dawkins Prof. Richard Dawkins is one of the foremost apologists for not only atheism and science but also for the Western civilization. Here is a very interesting confession about the Western civilization by Prof. Richard Dawkins in his recent debate against Alister McGrath, in England, ‘Everyone in this room a 100 years ago would have been a racist.’http://www.themuslimtimes.org/2011/05/human-rights/human-equality-comes-from-islam-and-not-from-the-western-civilization

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