Human Rights in Islam Essay example
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Compare the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights with the human rights that are established by Islam, explaining their differences and similarities in content and scope. NAME Course Title/Number 30th March 2012 The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) was originally drawn up in 1948, and stipulates thirty articles which are an attempt to categorize rights that it is believed every human being should have access to.


The purpose of this paper is to explore the UDHR and compare it to the stipulations of Islam, finding similarities and differences between the two. This will show that, whilst the majority of the articles represent facets of Islam, there are a number of areas in which the UDHR fails to represent this religious tradition. One of the most obvious similarities between Shariah law and the UDHR is that they both oppose discrimination based on race, gender, language, nationality or religion. The Quran suggests that ‘when the Trumpet is blown, no ties of kinship will exist between them on that day, nor may they question one another’ (The Quran, 23:101). This essentially makes reference to the fact that Allah will not discriminate based on these things on judgement day. The Cairo Declaration on Human Rights in Islam (CDHRI) is essentially an Islamic version of the UDHR, and also includes this sentiment as the very most important thing, which suggests that there is a high amount of compatibility between the two. ...
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