[5] 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 equality that they proclaimed means equality between men and women in everything, and equality between all people when receiving and giving rights, such as wage equality, educational equality, the means to good health and medical treatment, equality when travelling, when determining the place in which one wishes to reside within the borders of one’s country as stipulated in their articles, the abolition of slavery etc. Some of the things in this equality are acceptable and some are unacceptable, as will be explained InShaaAllaah.

We are not here to refute that documentary declaration (of human rights), its corrections and the additions that followed; but rather we are clarifying that the perfect and lofty human rights are those which the Lord of humankind has given to the human being. When a human being wants to give rights to another person, he will not be free from desires, because the one who codifies laws, regardless of what that may be, will include his desires in it. And because of this, you will find that Western man made laws, such as French man made law, American man made law and other man made laws are subject to change from time to time – either because the law was first initiated for the sake of the country’s interests when it was established, or due to the influence of the [influential personalities or leaders etc] in that country in some matters, or because the time changed and thus the circumstances changed. And due to this, Allaah clarified that the pre-Islamic judgement is tantamount to a judgement based on desires. Allaah [Glorified be He] said: [وَأَنِ احْكُم بَيْنَهُم بِمَا أَنزَلَ اللَّهُ وَلَا تَتَّبِعْ أَهْوَاءَهُمْ – And so judge (you O Muhammad) between them by what Allah has revealed and follow not their vain desires]. [Surah Al-Maa’idah. Aayah 49]

Every ruling that contradicts the ruling of the divine Islamic legislation must have been dominated by desires and thus it is prevented from been correct (or upright). And there is no doubt that desires divert people from fulfilling rights in the manner it should be fulfilled. Therefore, those principles [regarding equality and human rights] were based on the opinions of human beings, so desires did interfere as well as the interests of the major powers and their desire to control weak countries or countries in which there is much good (or welfare).

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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