Justice and Rights: Christian and Muslim Perspectives by Michael Ipgrave

By Michael Ipgrave

"Justice and Rights" is a checklist of the 5th 'Building Bridges' seminar held in Washington, DC in 2006 (an annual symposium on Muslim-Christian family cosponsored by way of Georgetown collage and the Church of England). This quantity examines justice and rights from Christian and Muslim views - a subject of gigantic relevance for either faiths within the smooth global, but additionally with deep roots within the middle texts of either traditions. major students study 3 issues: scriptural foundations, that includes research of Christian and Muslim sacred texts; evolving traditions, exploring old matters in either faiths with an emphasis on non secular and political authority; and the trendy international, studying fresh and modern contributions from Christianity and Islam within the quarter of freedom and human rights.

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651 Whoever transgresses the limits of God does verily wrong his own soul. 2229 These are the limits ordained by God. So do not violate them. If any do violate the God-ordained limits, verily they are the transgressors. al-Nis≥’ 4:135 This verse exemplifies the exhortation by which the Qur’≥n presents the imperative of justice, warning against the waywardness or capriciousness (hawa) that can lead believers astray. 4135 O you who believe! Stand out firmly for justice as witnesses to God even if it be against yourselves, your parents and your relatives, and whether it be (against) rich or poor.

Political work is thus conceived as a sacrifice. ”36 In this somewhat Platonic understanding, the ground of ethics is in God, whose detailed moral excellences are the source of human values. The alternative is seen, at least by As…‘arπs, as a form of dualism. The ruler’s subjects may thus recognize his actions as moral by reference to revelation and will consider any injustice as a blasphemy against God. Leaving political decisions to individuals who reject justice as a blessing grounded in a heavenly archetype is to cultivate the mentality of Pharaoh, who “exalts himself in the land” and “divides its people into groups” (al-Qa∞a∞ 28:4).

Since we are meeting in this particular center of government, I will end by citing one especially moving expression of such a vision, located just a couple of miles away. Abraham Lincoln’s words from his second inaugural address (1865), inscribed on the walls of his memorial, bespeak a hope for justice, a hope tested and refined perhaps through the most costly of American wars: “With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation’s wounds; .

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