Human rights in Islam
How does Islam guarantee human rights?
According to the Qur'an, God has created all of humankind equal, and has given each the right to pursue their own destiny. The life, honor and property of all people in a Muslim society are considered sacred, whether the person is Muslim or not.
Racism, sexism and prejudice of any sort are unacceptable in Islam. The Qur'an speaks of human equality in the following terms:
"O humankind! We created you from a male and female, and made you into nations and tribes, so that you may come to know one another. Truly, the most honored of you in God's sight is the greatest of you in piety. God is All-Knowing, All-Aware."
The right to life is the most basic of human rights; the Qur'an equates the unjust killing of a single person to killing all of humankind:
"And whoever kills a soul, should be as though he has killed all of humankind."
Dealing equitably and protecting the rights of every individual is the cornerstone of a Muslim society. God further states in the Qur'an:
"O you who believe! Stand up firmly for God, as witnesses to fair dealing, and let not hatred of a people invite you to act inequitably; act justly, that is nearer to piety, and be conscious of (your duty to) God, surely God is aware of all that you do."