Meaning of Justice in Islam

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Meaning of justice in islam In the Islamic worldview, justice denotes placing things in their rightful place. It also means giving others equal treatment. In Islam, justice is also a moral virtue and an attribute of human personality, as it is in the Western tradition. Justice is close to equality in the sense that it creates a state of equilibrium in the distribution of rights and duties, but they are not identical. Sometimes, justice is achieved through inequality, like in unequal distribution of wealth. The Prophet of Islam declared: “There are seven categories of people whom God will shelter under His shade on the Day when there will be no shade except His. [One is] the just leader.”(Saheeh Muslim) God spoke to His Messenger…show more content…
That is why the Prophet was told: “…If you judge, judge between them with justice…” (Quran 5:42) “We have revealed to you the scripture with the truth that you may judge between people by what God has taught you.” (Quran 4:105) Furthermore, the Prophet was sent as a judge between peoples, and told: “…Say: I believe in the Scripture, which God has sent down, and I am commanded to judge justly between you...” (Quran 42:15) The Quran views itself as a scripture devoted mainly to laying down the principles of faith and justice. The Quran demands that justice be met for all, and that it is an inherent right of all human beings under Islamic Law. The timeless commitment of the Quran to the basic standards of justice is found in its declaration: “And the Word of your Lord has been fulfilled in truth and in justice. None can change His Words.” (Quran 6:115) To render justice is a trust that God has conferred on the human being and, like all other trusts, its fulfillment must be guided by a sense of responsibility beyond mere conformity to set rules. Thus, the Quran states: “God commands you to render trusts to whom they are due, and when you judge between people, judge with justice…” (Quran 4:58) The reference to justice which immediately follows a reference to fulfillment of trusts indicates that it is one of the most important of all trusts. Justice and the Self The Quranic concept of justice also extends justice to being a personal virtue, and
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