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Every human life is sacred, otherwise none is!

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With the election of a son of a Kenyan man to the highest office in USA we see gradual perfection of the vision expressed in the words, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.”  But at the same time, suicidal bombings by terrorist, the outrageous violations of human rights in Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib, the indifference to the so called collateral damage in air bombings, have again rekindled the question as to what are the human rights and where do they come from.  The events since September 11, 2001 have jolted every citizen of the planet earth with renewed quaking and put them on a quest to look for answers.  Is life of an American more sacred than a non-American?  What if he or she is a Muslim?  Are all humans truly created equal?  Where did the words, ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal;’ come from?  To one exposed to Western propaganda only these words came from the pen of President Thomas Jefferson, as he authored United States Declaration of Independence in 1776.  But a more cultured Westerner may know what Wikipedia mentions, under the heading all men are created equal, “Many of the ideas in the Declaration were borrowed from the English liberal political philosopher John Locke.”  But that is where Western scholarship ends. Locke lived in the seventeenth and eighteenth century.  Such is the dissociation of the Western writers in terms of ignoring the beauties of Islam, that they can attribute all such liberal ideas with a straight face to Western philosophers, despite the fact the Muslim literature has been replete with mention of the Holy Prophet Muhammad saying to a crowd of more than a hundred thousand people, at the time of the final pilgrimage, an event that itself symbolizes human equality, “All of you are equal. All men, whatever nation or tribe they may belong to, and whatever station in life they may hold, are equal. Allah has made you brethren one to another, so be not divided. An Arab has no preference over a non-Arab, nor a non-Arab over an Arab; nor is a white one to be preferred to a dark one, nor a dark one to a white one.”  The whole of his sermon is recorded in history and has been more famous and cherished than the Gettysburg address in the Muslim world over the centuries.  This is where human equality began, not only for the Muslims but for the whole of humanity!

Fast forward to World War II.  Dr.  Andrew Conway Ivy was appointed by the American Medical Association as its representative at the 1946 Nuremberg Medical Trial for Nazi doctors.  By 1945 he was probably ‘the most famous doctor in the country.’  He wrote, “Only in a moral world, a world of responsibility, can man be free and live as a human being should. Men are truly equal and free only as creatures of God, because only as the children of God and only in the sight of God and ultimate moral law are men truly equal.”  In the Nuremberg trial he struggled with the question that if man-made law is the sole source of basic human rights, why condemn the Nazi assault on Jews, Gypsies, Poles, and politi­cal enemies; and having shaken by this perplexing trial he concluded:

“If God and the ultimate moral law are denied, there can be no absolute argument against slavery, against ‘might makes right’ and man’s greedy exploitation of man. If human beings have no absolute intrinsic value, no absolute intrinsic freedom of decision, no absolute liberty, no absolute duties, they possess only extrinsic value and may be used as chattels, slaves or serfs by those who have the intelligence and power.”

It took the catalyst of World War II, after millions of casualties, to propel human rights onto the world stage and into the global conscience.  On December 10, 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted by the 56 members of the United Nations. The vote was unanimous, although eight nations chose to abstain.   Articles one and two could be considered paraphrasing, in contemporary legal terminology, of what the Prophet Muhammad had said in his address at the time of last pilgrimage, or what President Thomas Jefferson wrote more than a millennium later.  Article one states, “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.”  As the Prophet delivered his farewell speech in the eighth year after migration to Medina, to an unprecedented large gathering, standing on the back of his camel Qaswa, he raised his hands and joined the fingers of the one hand with the fingers of the other and then said, “Even as the fingers of the two hands are equal, so are human beings equal to one another. No one has any right, any superiority to claim over another. You are as brothers.”

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Posted by on May 6, 2011. Filed under Africa,Americas,Asia,Australia,Islam,Law,Law and Religion,Middle East,North America,Pakistan,United States. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

3 Responses to Every human life is sacred, otherwise none is!

  1. Zia H. Shah

    May 6, 2011 at 7:39 am

    If Bin Laden does not deserve a trial because he is accused of having killed 3000 innocent people on September 11 in 2011, then the pilot who dropped the atomic bomb on Japan will not deserve a trial in the eyes of Japanese.

    Those accused of killing will lose the premise, “Innocent until proven guilty,” in the eyes of relatives of the victims.

    And what about the opinion of the Palestinians on this issue:

    The Israel Radio said that Maj. Gen. Yohanan Locker, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s military secretary, decided not to join the premiere on his visit to Britain for fear of being arrested over his role in the 2008-2009 Israeli large scale military operation in Gaza Strip.

    The report said that Locker, who served as the head of the Israeli Air Force’s Air Directorate during the offensive, made the decision after consulting with senior officials and legal experts.

    The Goldstone Report, conducted by a UN fact-finding mission led by South African Judge Richard Goldstone, found that Israel had committed war crimes in its offensive which killed 1,400 Palestinians.

    Amnesty International confirmed that 1,400 Palestinians were killed during the offensive. Of these, 300 were children, more than 115 were women and about 85 were men over the age of 50.

  2. Murthuja Pattan

    September 16, 2014 at 6:14 am

    Here the human value is equal to all men and women.The land, the sun, the moon are saving the humans and treating them equal. They are blessed in equilibrium to all creature in this world. We can use different languages and cultures, rites and rituals, clubs and drinks according to our knowledge. But all are equal before cosmos and land. Know that the blood of human being much more than any other item in this universe. Hence as advanced creature on this land we should have some bonds as told by JOHN LOCKE who is a builder of human bonding in the society who delivered democracy in immemorable days.

  3. Murthuja Pattan

    September 16, 2014 at 6:23 am

    See that you are a pawn in the game, CHESS, and you have to play the role as dictated by ALLAH. HE dictated in QURAN that HE IS MATER OF ALL AND SUPER POWER AND EVERY HUMAN BEING IS BLESSED WITH LIFE AND FAMILY TO PRAY FOR FIVE TIMES (NAMAAZ), TO DISTRIBUTE YOUR WEALTH TO THE POOR, TO FEED THE HUNGRY, TO GUIDE THE BLIND WITHOUT ANY HESITATION AND DOUBT. SACRED LIFE IS BLESSED TO ALL HUMANS TO COMPLETE THE JOB WITHOU FAILURE. THE FAILURE AND SUCCESS OF EVERY HUMAN BEING IS GIVEN BY ALLAH ONLY. SECRET OF LIFE IS KNOWING THE PEACE AND LOVE WITH ALLAH.

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