In closing we will cite the incidence in recent history. The Ministry of Justice in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia held three symposiums during the month of Safar 1392 H (1982 G). The Minster of Justice and eminent scholars and university professors attended along with four eminent European canonists and scholars: the ex-Foreign Affairs Minister of Ireland and the Secretary of the European Legislation Committee; a well-known scholar of Oriental and Islamic Studies Professor; an eminent professor of Law and the Director of the Human Rights Magazine published in France.
The Muslim scholars in attendance explained the concept of Islam as a way of life in comparison with other competing concepts, illustrating the main rules of Islam and the Shari'ah and the details of such general rules and principles. They explained the value, benefits and effectiveness of the Islamic capital punishments that are prescribed against serious crimes committed against innocent people and society. They explained in detail that such capital punishments are rational penalties that preserve the peace, safety and security of the society at large. The Europeans expressed their admiration of the detailed explanations given by the Muslim scholars on these types of punishments and admired the concept of the human rights in Islam. Mr. McBride the head of the European delegation, declared: "From this place, and from this Islamic country, the human rights must be declared and announced to people all over the world and not from any other country. Muslim scholars must declare these unknown human rights to the international community. In fact, due to the ignorance about these human rights and lack of proper knowledge about them, the reputation of Islam and the Islamic ruling and governing is distorted in the eyes of the rest of the world. (Taken from 'Islam and Human Rights' by Abdullah b. Abdul-Muhsin at-Turki.)
This booklet is an introductory discourse on the subject of the human rights in Islam. I hope and pray that this discussion will open avenues for those who are keen to know more about the truth of Islam that has been deliberately and severely misconstrued and misinterpreted, especially by some secularists, modernist Muslims, as well as the enemies of Islam.
I urge the readers to explore more about Islam as a way of life through reliable and sound sources, without any preconceived notions. I feel obliged to offer any assistance to the individuals who are keen to learn and know more about Islam as a way of life.
Muslims calling others to Islam should be sincere in their intention, seeking only the pleasure of the Almighty Allah in this life and in the Hereafter to enjoy the permanent abode in Jannah, and purifying their motives from any personal gains. One of the Companions of Allah's Messenger once said when he was asked about the reason for his participation in the fight for the cause of Allah :
We came in order to liberate people from worshiping other people and the injustices caused by other religions, to let them into the justice of Islam.'
As for the divine reward in the Hereafter, we Muslims believe that there are two permanent abodes in the Hereafter, without a third: either the Jannah, of bliss and eternal happiness, or else the Hellfire of eternal torture.
Jannah is the graceful reward from Allah to those who obeyed His Commands. The Almighty Allah states in the Glorious Qur'an:
If anyone desires a religion other than Islam (submission to Allah), never will it be accepted of him; and in the Hereafter he will be in the ranks of those who have lost (all spiritual good).
This is also based on the verse of Qur'an:
As to those who believe and work righteous deeds, they have, for their entertainment, the Gardens of Jannah, Wherein they shall dwell (forever): no changes will they wish for themselves.
Furthermore, the Almighty Allah promised Hellfire to those who disobey His commands and set partners with Him. The Almighty Allah states in the Glorious Qur'an:
Allah forgives not that partners should be set up with Him; but He forgives anything else to whom He pleases; to set up partners with Allah is to devise a sin most heinous indeed.
The Almighty Allah states in the Glorious Qur'an:
Those who reject (truth), among the People of the Book and among the Polytheists, will be in Hell-fire, to dwell therein (forever). They are the worst of creatures.
Since the advent of Islam, the enemies of Islam have waged wars against Islam, and the wars continue to today. The anti-Islamic elements have exploited all possible means in this war. People with sanity and maturity will remain unaffected since they successfully differentiate between truth and falsehood. Eminent religious people from other Faiths continue, increasingly, to join Islam as a way of life, and this in itself is an evidence to prove the magnificence of Islam as a religion and way of life. The Almighty Allah assured us that He will preserve His religion of Islam for mankind. The Almighty Allah states in the Glorious Qur'an:
We have, without doubt, sent down the Message [Qur'an and Islam]; and We will assuredly guard it (from corruption).
Let us end our booklet with a beautiful quote from Allah's Messenger's Hadith,
The most beloved people to Allah are the most useful [or beneficial to others]. The most beloved action to Allah is a pleasure you bring to [a broken hearted, suffering] Muslim, or to relieve such a sufferer from his suffering, or to pay his debt, or to dismiss his hunger [by offering him a decent meal to eat]. It is even better for me to walk with a Muslim brother to accomplish his need than to enter seclusion in a Masjid for an entire month. Whosoever controls his anger [in this world] Allah will cover his vices. Whosoever suppresses his anger, while he is capable of harming others (with it), Allah will fill his heart with satisfaction and happiness on the Day of Judgment. Whosoever walks to support the evidence of a Muslim brother, Allah will fasten his footsteps on the Day when footsteps are flinching and stumbling. Surely, evil character and behavior will spoil the good deeds and pious actions as vinegar spoils honey.