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By on June 04,2007

The Rights of Non-Muslims in Islam (part 1 of 13): An Islamic Basis


imageIntroductionIslam is a religion of mercy to all people, both Muslims and non-Muslims.  The Prophet was described as being a mercy in the Quran due to the message he brought for humanity:“And We have not sent you but as a ... [full story]





By on June 04,2007

The Rights of Non-Muslims in Islam (part 10 of 13): Security of Life, Property, and Honor


imageIslamic Law protects basic human rights like the preservation of life, property, and honor for Muslims and non-Muslims alike.  Whether the non-Muslims are residents or visitors, they are guaranteed these rights.  These rights cannot be taken away except in a ... [full story]





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The Rights of Non-Muslims in Islam (part 11 of 13): Good Treatment


imagetreat non-Muslims courteously in a spirit of kindness and generosity given they are not hostile towards Muslims.  God says: “God does not forbid you from those who do not fight you because of religion and do not expel you from ... [full story]





By on June 04,2007

The Rights of Non-Muslims in Islam (part 12 of 13): Social Security


imageModern welfare states provide social benefits to their poor citizens, but Islam preceded all nations in establishing social security services.  Islamic law set up financial provisions for needy Muslims through zakah (obligatory charity) and sadaqa (voluntary charity).  Zakah was made ... [full story]





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The Rights of Non-Muslims in Islam (part 13 of 13): Protection from Foreign Aggression


imageNon-Muslim citizens have a similar right to be protected from external enemies just as a Muslim fellow citizen does.  The payment of jizya ensures protection against outside aggression, defense against enemies, and ransom to be paid on their behalf if ... [full story]





By on June 04,2007

The Rights of Non-Muslims in Islam (part 2 of 13): Non-Muslim Residents


imageThere is much talk these days about the allowance Islam gives to the existence of other religions in the world.  Some of the opinion that Islam orders that Muslims fight the world until everyone becomes Muslim, creating ill feelings without ... [full story]





By on June 04,2007

The Rights of Non-Muslims in Islam (part 3 of 13): Right to Preservation of Dignity as Human Beings I


imageGod has created human beings with certain dignity, Muslims and non-Muslims alike, and has elevated their status above much of His creation.  God says in the Quran:“We have honored the sons of Adam; provided them with transport on land and ... [full story]





By on June 04,2007

The Rights of Non-Muslims in Islam (part 4 of 13): Right to Preservation of Dignity as Human Beings II


imageAnother example of how Islam gives regard to human dignity in the following example.  A famous story illustrates the degree to which the caliphs of early Islam protected the dignity of non-Muslims.  Amr ibn al-As was the governor of Egypt.  ... [full story]





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The Rights of Non-Muslims in Islam (part 5 of 13): The Right to Freedom of Belief I


imageIslam does not compel people of other faiths to convert.  It has given them complete freedom to retain their own faith and not to be forced to embrace Islam.  This freedom is documented in both the Quran and the prophetic ... [full story]





By on June 04,2007

The Rights of Non-Muslims in Islam (part 6 of 13): The Right to Freedom of Belief II


imageMuslims protected Christian churches in the lands they occupied from being harmed.  In a letter to Simeon, the Archbishop of Rifardashir and leader of all the bishops of Persia, the Nestorian Patriarch Geoff III wrote:‘The Arabs, to whom God has ... [full story]





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