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Islam Stands for Justice


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Islam always promotes peace and justice. This is explained in the light of Quran and Sunnah

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Islam Stands for Justice

  2. 3. Allah doth command you to render back your trusts to those to whom they are due; and when ye judge between man and ma that ye judge with justice: verily how excellent is the teaching which He giveth you! for Allah is He who heareth and seeth all things.
  3. 6. Ahadith <ul><li>Fear Allah (SWT) and do justice in between your children. (Bukhari) </li></ul><ul><li>There will be seven types of people under the shade of Allah on the Day of Judgment when there is not going to be any shade except the shade of Allah. One of them shall be “ Imam Adil” or just ruler. </li></ul>
  4. 7. Ahadith <ul><li>People who do justice shall be on the thrones of Noor on the right side of Allah on the Day of Judgement. </li></ul>
  5. 8. 3-The Paradigm of Justice <ul><li>Teachings of classical Islam and classical America typified by America’s founders Edmund Burke and Thomas Jefferson must be renewed to build new global civilization. </li></ul><ul><li>Duty of Muslims in America is to help build this new global civilization on the spiritual foundations. Failure to do so would end all civilization and bring on the end of time. </li></ul>
  6. 9. Our responsibility is to plant the tree ( of life and civilization) <ul><li>Prophet Mohammad ( SAW) said, “ Even if you would know that the world would end tomorrow, you should go out and plant a tree.” </li></ul><ul><li>This Hadith talks about : </li></ul><ul><li>Our responsibility no matter how bleak the situation may appear. </li></ul><ul><li>It gives optimism in all circumstances and to think positively for the good of all. </li></ul>
  7. 10. Principles of justice have 3 levels of heirarchy <ul><li>Most general ( maqasid or purposes, kulliyat or uinversals, dururiyat or essentials) </li></ul><ul><li>More specific ( hajjiyat) </li></ul><ul><li>Most specific ( tahsinyat) </li></ul>
  8. 11. Sources of knowledge <ul><li>Divine revelation ( haqq al yaqin) </li></ul><ul><li>Study of the signs ( ain al yaqin) </li></ul><ul><li>Derived from above (Ilma al yaqin) </li></ul>
  9. 12. 4- Principles of Justice <ul><li>Sources of Justice </li></ul><ul><li>Revelations from Allah- Justice has meaning if comes from truth which has meaning if it comes from absolute source which is Allah. </li></ul><ul><li>Hadith or the teachings of Prophet . </li></ul><ul><li>Usul al fiqh-roots of legal reasoning developed by scholars based upon ‘istislah’ or good of both individual and the society. </li></ul>
  10. 13. 7 Principles of Justice (by Abu Ishaq Ibrahim ibn Musa al Shatibi d 1388 AC/790 AH) <ul><li>Haqq al din- respect for religion </li></ul><ul><li>Haqq al nafs-respect the human person </li></ul><ul><li>Haqq al mal- right of private property. </li></ul><ul><li>Haqq al hurriyah- respect of self determination( khilafa, shura, ijma, judiciary.) </li></ul><ul><li>Haqq al kirama- respect for human dignity including religious freedom and gender equality. </li></ul>
  11. 14. Principles of Justice <ul><li>Haqq al Ilm- respect for knowledge. It requires freedom of thought, press, assembly. </li></ul><ul><li>Justice is at the core of Islam. This paradigm of human responsibilities is being revived. </li></ul><ul><li>Such principles of justice do exist in all world religions in lesser degree. </li></ul>
  12. 15. Principles of justice in secularism <ul><li>They start from the material universe as the ultimate reality. </li></ul><ul><li>Human reason as the only source of truth. </li></ul><ul><li>Such unaided human reasoning has led to the principle of might makes right. </li></ul><ul><li>This leads to totalitarian concepts as stability through unilateral preemption </li></ul><ul><li>Concepts like freedom and democracy can divorce rights from responsibilities and produce worse injustices. </li></ul>
  13. 16. Thomas Jefferson-author of the Declaration of Independence <ul><li>No people can remain free unless they are properly educated. </li></ul><ul><li>Education consists first of all in learning virtue. </li></ul><ul><li>Entire people can be virtuous only if both private and public life are imbued with and guided by truth and justice within a spiritual framework </li></ul>
  14. 17. Advantages of American policy based upon justice <ul><li>It would undercut the appeal of exclusivist and radical elements and promote stability </li></ul><ul><li>It would powerfully restore the image of America as a force for justice in an age of globalization and a true moral leader of the world. </li></ul>
  15. 18. Can Muslims be both Muslims and Americans? <ul><li>Members of the Center for Understanding Islam answered it in their first publication during first 2 years after 9/11 </li></ul><ul><li>Our country is America and our faith is Islam. No need to choose between them. </li></ul><ul><li>Responsibility of a loyal American is to support the government when it governs according to its founding principles and loyal opposition when it does not. </li></ul>
  16. 19. 4 Methods of Integration <ul><li>1- Work at the local level. </li></ul><ul><li>To develop a better understanding of Islam. </li></ul><ul><li>To develop practice of Ibadah at personal and social level including Salaah, Zakah and social wok. </li></ul><ul><li>Explain Islam to others for developing better understanding . </li></ul>
  17. 20. Main reasons for our failure <ul><li>Hostile climate for Muslims after 9/11. It has discouraged Muslims from thinking big. Those who do not think big, fail. </li></ul><ul><li>Intellectual basis for such integration. Our thinkers and intellectuals must work upon these ideas consulting primary and secondary sources. </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of funding. Those who could fund such work no longer appreciate this work. We need to revive the institution of endowment. </li></ul>
  18. 21. Conclusion <ul><li>Challenges and opportunities for prosperous future for Muslims in America are enormous. </li></ul><ul><li>Time frame for success must be measured in decades. Work must begin now. </li></ul><ul><li>Urgent need in America is spiritual renewal not just moral reforms. </li></ul><ul><li>Best planner is Allah and we are merely His servants. We must rely upon Allah. </li></ul>
  19. 22. Last Word And if anyone puts his trust in Allah sufficient is (Allah) for him. For Allah will surely accomplish His purpose: verily for all things has Allah appointed a due proportion