Non Muslims’ Rights to Life with Dignity
By S.M.Masoom Abidi
Allah says in the glorious Qur’an:
We have honored the children of Adam, carried them on the land and the sea, given them pure sustenance and exalted them above most of My creatures. (Al-Qur’an 17:70)
he aspect of dignity of humankind in general is stressed upon by the Prophet (pbuh) in his saying “Whenever you see a funeral procession, stand up till the procession goes ahead of you…”
Moreover, the Prophet himself practically demonstrated what he said. “Once a funeral procession passed in front of the Prophet and he stood up. When he was told that it was the coffin of a Jew, he said, ‘Is it not a living being (soul)?’ “ (Sahih Bukhari, Vol. 2, Hadith 399)
As a result of such teachings,Annie Besant writes in her book ‘The Life And Teachings Of Muhammad’:
“It is impossible for anyone who studies the life and character of the great Prophet of Arabia, who knows how he taught and how he lived, to feel anything but reverence for that mighty Prophet, one of the great messengers of the Supreme. And although in what I put to you I shall say many things which may be familiar to many, yet I myself feel whenever I re-read them, a new way of admiration, a new sense of reverence for that mighty Arabian teacher.”
It is amongst the rights of Non-Muslims that their “gods” are not mocked. Says Allah in the Qur’an: “ Believers, do not say bad words against the idols lest they (pagans) in their hostility and ignorance say such words against God. We have made every nation’s deeds seem attractive to them. One day they will all return to their Lord who will inform them of all that they have done. (6:108).” (Al-Qur’an 6:108)
I believe that there is no religion on the face of the earth other than Islam that gives more rights to the people of other faiths. No matter in what traditions, civilizations or nationality other than Islam man lives and has lived in any era, mankind has never achieved, nor will ever achieve a higher status than that which he would achieve in the shade of Islam, the religion of truth.
The Will of Babar
The following is His advice to his son Humayun.
Do not demolish or damage places of worship of any faith and dispense full justice to all to ensure peace in the country. Islam can better be preached by the sword of love and affection, rather than the sword of tyranny and persecution. Avoid the differences between the shias and sunnis.Hazrath Ali(a.s) says in nahjulbalagha”
“Man is either your brother in religion or your brother in humanity”
(Imam Ali – successor to the Holy Prophet)-
BY Syed Mohammad Masoo Abidi