[4] Human Rights In Islaam [Excerpts From a Lecture By Shaikh Saaleh Aala Ash-Shaikh]

In The Name of Allaah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy.

The rights that come under the term ‘Human Rights’ are two types according to Westerners, namely Freedom and Equality.

Freedom: The word freedom – which they proclaim – does not exist unrestrictedly even in their own countries. The absolute and unrestricted freedom for a person to do whatever he wants – without being held accountable- does not exist anywhere on earth; rather, freedoms exist where they are found, but they have limits and the people are told that what is beyond that limit is forbidden and it is not freedom.

This gives you the understanding that the word freedom is not found in any place on the earth [i.e. human societies], except that it is restricted. As for absolute freedom in everything – in dealings related to wealth, politics, court judgements, one’s actions, sanctity of life and when dealing with one’s children, this does not exist without restriction in any place on the earth, but rather you will find that freedom is different in different countries -lacking in some countries and much more in others.

So the word freedom, which is part of human rights as they claim, is not unrestricted in their view. Therefore, when this is the case, and if they place restrictions on freedom based on the views of human beings, then we say: “Indeed, this principle indicates that placing restrictions on freedom makes the word unacceptable to every human being [due to its different interpretations in different places, situations, circumstances etc]. However, if it was possible to accept the word freedom [based on the interpretations of every individual], then you should give a person his freedom as he pleases and in that case you would be advocating absolute freedom. But if you restrict his freedom by way of man-made laws and also discreetly- taking over control of his wealth and his abilities discreetly, then indeed this freedom is not absolute.

Therefore, the basis of the freedom by way of which one advocates human rights must be looked at from the angle that absolute freedom does not exist; rather, it must be restricted, meaning that a person is not absolutely free in any place on the earth to act in the manner he wishes, instead this freedom has limits which they describe and distinguish, and due to this one finds what is called protocols and etiquettes. And there is that which is initiated to deal with those who do not adhere to what is related to official ceremonies as well as preventing a person from entering any place with any type of clothing. And in relation to one’s presence and speech, there is something that is tantamount to lack of freedom in every place [due to what is expected from a person in some situations, circumstances and places, and even how he should dress on some occasions]. This is due to what they saw that it is not appropriate to give a person the freedom he wants (unrestrictedly), because at times this freedom is incompatible with what is desired and at other times it is incompatible with one’s relationships and the rights of others. Therefore, this principle regarding absolute freedom is negated.

To be continued InShaaAllaah

Source: listen here: https://video.link/w/j4azb paraphrased

NB: The implementation of Sharee’ah Law is the responsibility of Muslim governments and not the insurgents, such as ISIS and their ilk. Likewise, the call to Islaam does not begin with the call to establish an Islamic State, rather it begins with the call to pure Islamic Monotheism. See here the Methodology of the Prophets in calling to the path of Allaah:  http://www.troid.org/media/pdf/methodology.pdf

ISIS have NOT established the Khilaafah! [i.e. The Islamic State]- By Shaikh Abu Khadeejah [may Allaah preserve him] https://www.salafisounds.com/isis-have-not-established-the-khilaafah-short-clip-by-abu-khadeejah/

And even when Muslim rulers are oppressive, we do not initiate rebel against them. See here: The Tyranny Of The Rulers, A Reason For Rebellion?


Sharee’ah In The West

Shaikh Abdul Waahid Abu Khadeejah [may Allaah preserve him] stated:

Although Muslims in Britain are subject to British law and the British legal system, Sharī’ah tribunals are allowed in certain areas as an alternative way of resolving disputes. These are aimed at resolving commercial, civil and matrimonial disputes to the satisfaction of both sides. Read here: https://www.abukhadeejah.com/educate-yourself-ethics-1-2-shariah-redstone-academy/

Also, a Muslim is obligated to fulfil his obligations and refrain from treachery whilst living with non-Muslims. See here: Living With Non-Muslims In The West: With Fine Conduct


Alliance with the non-Muslims is of two types – misunderstanding this affair leads people astray


Shaikh Ibn Uthaimeen on Interacting With Non-Muslims in Western Countries


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