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To What Extent Are the Present Human Rights Islamic? (1)

The issue of human rights is one of the most fundamental human issues and also one of the most sensitive and controversial. During the recent decades, this problem was more political than either ethical or legal. Although the influence of political motives, rivalries, and considerations have made difficult the correct formulation of this problem, but this should not prevent thinkers and genuine humanists from probing into this problem and ultimately ... Read More »

Do We Have Something Called Freedom in Islam? (7)

Do We Have Something Called Freedom in Islam? (7)

Following God and freedom The axis of the prophets’ call is to obey and worship God and not follow the taghut. God says: (وَلَقَدْ بَعَثْنَا فِي كُلِّ أُمَّةٍ رَّسُولاً أَنِ اعْبُدُوا اللّهَ وَاجْتَنِبُوا الطَّاغُوتَ…) “Certainly We raised an apostle in every nation [to preach:] ‘Worship Allah, and keep away from the Rebel’…”1 Given this, it cannot be accepted that Islam is based on non-obedience to others including God. Essentially, any ... Read More »

Do We Have Something Called Freedom in Islam? (6)

Do We Have Something Called Freedom in Islam? (6)

Expressing the above question through a different approach Some say that considering the development and evolution in the various stages of human life as well as new beliefs, outlook, ways of thinking, and requisites of the present civilization, today’s religion should be concerned with human rights, and not duties and mandatory orders. In reality, modernism and the modern civilization have created a tall wall between us and the past people ... Read More »

Do We Have Something Called Freedom in Islam? (5)

Do We Have Something Called Freedom in Islam? (5)

Expressing question on the foundation of historical development of man This question is formed based on the historical development and diversity of human culture and civilization and the transformation of social orders. It must be acknowledged that the social life of mankind throughout history has passed through many critical stages and moments. In a certain period in human history, slavery was the issue of the day, and the preservation of ... Read More »

Do We Have Something Called Freedom in Islam? (4)

Do We Have Something Called Freedom in Islam? (4)

Question on alleged contradiction between government authority and man’s divine vicegerency (khilafah) The other question they have expressed is that, as stated in the Qur’an, man is the vicegerent of Allah [khalifat Allah]. It means that he is the viceroy of God on earth and acts like God. Just as God has created the universe, man also has to create phenomena. Just as God administers the world as He wills, ... Read More »

Do We Have Something Called Freedom in Islam? (3)

Do We Have Something Called Freedom in Islam? (3)

Propagating the question through an extra-religious approach We have so far replied to the question raised by someone posing to be a religious Muslim who, by citing the Qur’an, concludes that Islam should neither have mandatory orders nor interfere in the lives of people because it is inconsistent with the accepted principle of freedom in Islam. Now, we shall reply to the question in the meta-religious and extra-religious form and ... Read More »

Do We Have Something Called Freedom in Islam? (2)

Do We Have Something Called Freedom in Islam? (2)

Reason behind the uniqueness of the Qur’anic approach Once we scrutinize the two groups of verses, we will find that the tone and expression of the verses are different from each other. The first group of verses is in connection with those who had not yet embraced Islam. As such, God enlightens them with the truth of Islam and mentions the benefits of obeying Him. Since He knows that the ... Read More »

Do We Have Something Called Freedom in Islam? (1)

Do We Have Something Called Freedom in Islam? (1)

  Alleged contradiction between religious rule and freedom A fallacious misgiving that has been raised in different forms to deceive people is that if religion wants to interfere in sociopolitical affairs and compel people to observe a certain pattern of behavior and obey a certain person, it is repugnant to freedom; man is a creature possessing freedom and autonomy to do whatever he wants to do and no one should ... Read More »