Individual And Public Rights
“Whoever kills a soul unless for a soul or for corruption done in the land, it is as if he had slain mankind entirely. And whoever saves one, it is as if he had saved mankind entirely.”
(Surah No. 5/ Ma’idah, Verse No. 32)
Dear brothers and sisters,
Humans, from the moment they fall into the mother’s womb, have the right to life and the security of life. Every person has the right to protecting their property and legitimate income. Inviolable are people’s individual values, honor, chastity, and beliefs. Among the worst violations of rights are considered to insult people’s values, defame them, and damage their reputation by uttering lies and slanders about them. The violation of rights is a crime according to our laws in force, and a grave sin according to Islam.
Islam is the religion of rightfulness, truth, law, and justice. The concept of “right” denotes both our responsibilities and the values that we need to protect. The revelations by Allah (swt) invite us to protecting the right. One of the Beautiful Names of Allah is “al- Haqq” or “Right”. For this reason, when people are in pursuit of the right, they actually take the side of the righteousness and the truth, that is the conformity to Allah’s (swt) commandments and consent.
Being a Muslim requires all of us to adopt a middle-of-the-path approach, be conscientious, and righteous in all domains of life. A distinctive sign of being a Muslim is to protect their own rights and the rights of other people around them. People who encroach upon the rights of other people, as well as of animals and nature, for personal interests and benefits are doomed to lose and go bankrupt in the end. Being a responsible person conscious of the rights requires giving the rightful due to whoever has the right, particularly the family members in the closest circle. Let us not forget that the relations based on righteousness lead to peace in this world and salvation in the Hereafter. Let us be careful not to infringe the rights of other people in our private life.
Jobayer Al Mahmud, Istanbul, Turkey