Why does Islam concern with all creatures rights?

Posted on September 19, 2010


Since the creator is the most merciful , he doesn’t leave his creatures Without a law that guarantees their rights and protects their safety. this law is the true religion revealed by the Almighty. this religion has a great effect on the all aspects of life for those who adhere it. each one is protected & honored by this divine religion. Likewise, people’s rights- regardless of their sex, position, religion & age-are respected. these rights are ensured in the Nobel Quran and in the sayings of Allah’s Apostle peace and blessings be upon him.
As an example not as restriction ,the following verses and prophet sayings will be mentioned:
The right of parents:
God says”Your Lord has decreed that you worship non but Him, and that (you show) kindness to parents. Should one or both of them attain to old age with you, Say not “Fie” unto them nor repulse them, but speak unto them a gracious word. And lower unto them the wing of submission through mercy and say: My Lord! Have mercy on them both as they did care for me when I was little. Your Lord is best aware of what is in yourselves. If you are righteous, then Lo! He was ever forgiving unto those who turn unto Him)”

the rights of old and young, the prophet says:
” He is not of us who does not have mercy on young children, nor honor the elderly”

The right of orphans is to treat them kindly and justly ,the prophet says: ”The best Muslim house is that in which is an orphan, who is benefited; and the worst Muslim house is that in which an orphan is ill-treated”

and he appreciates the one who esteems the daughters rights ;the prophet says”‘ Whoever has a daughter, and does not bury her alive or scold her, or prefer his male children to her, may God bring him into Paradise”

one of the main rights in islam is to respect man’s property and his blood, prophet says’ man’s property is as sacred as his blood”

In this divine LAW, non-believers must be protected ,Allah’s Apostle says : “he who hurts a covenanted man hurts me .and he who hurts me hurts God”

Furthermore, animals’ rights should be respected, otherwise ,we would deserve God’s punishment, The prophet says : “A woman was punished (by God) because of a cat. She had not provided (the cat) with food or drink, nor had she set it free so that it might eat the insects of the earth”


The arousing question is why does islam concern with all creatures rights?

1- It is an evidence for “islam divine source” God wants us to live the” perfect life” then , he sends a law as a tool for this purpose to protect our rights in this world and to find the complete rest in worshipping Him,that is islam

2- It is an evidence for its noble aim ”building the human civilizations not destruct them” hundreds of quranic verses and prophet sayings ask us to be kind with other and wipe their miserable and to be helpful with them , God says “(The righteous are those) who feed the poor, the orphan and the captive for the love of God, saying: ‘We feed you for the sake of God Alone; we seek from you neither reward nor thanks”

Some other verses heighten the position of the positive workers who work for all creatures benefits, prophet says: “All creatures are like a family (Ayal) of God: and he loves the most those who are the most beneficent to His family”. and in the contrary, God censures those who ruin anything around them, he says: ‘” Work not confusion in the earth after the fair ordering (thereof). and call on Him in fear and hope. Lo! the mercy of Allah is nigh unto the good'”‘ ‘,and we are encouraged by this divine law to build ,to feed , to product, and to farm ,the prophet says :”if a Muslim plants a tree or grows a crop from which a bird or a man or an animal eats ,it will be considered (by God)as a charitable act”’

3- It is an evidence for “its conformity” with the human pure nature, it is impossible to find any command from Islamic commands contradicts with the human pure nature cause both of islam and human pure nature come from the same source ”the Almighty God” for example the big sins in islam are disapproved by reasonable thinking, the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said, ” avoid the seven destructive sins : associating partners with God ,magic ,murder, usury, eating the orphans property , escaping from battle, and slandering chaste heedless women”

the one who creates us is the best one who knows what is good & what is bad.Similary, Allah doesn’t ask man to do that which he cannot.or which contradicts his nature .God says” So set thy purpose (O Muhammad) for religion as a man by nature upright – the nature (framed) of Allah, in which He hath created man. There is no altering (the laws of) Allah’s creation. That is the right religion, but most men know not”

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