By Dr. Zayed Al-Harthi
Mar 2, 2016
The concept of honouring human beings and
its implementation has been there since the time of Adam and his children; it
means from the start of human history.
The Holy Qur’an says:
“And We have
certainly honoured the children of Adam and carried them on the land and sea
and provided for them of the good things and preferred them over much of what
We have created, with [definite] preference. (Isra 70)
Here honour means giving a human being the
respect he/she deserves as a living being which is quite different from other
creatures. This interpretation of the meaning of the Qur’anic verse and its
reasonable considerations denote the lofty position of a human being. It also
highlights Almighty Allah’s great blessing on human beings.
A man is distinguished from other creatures
due to his outstanding specialties and qualities, which have qualified him for
the honour. This honour, on the other hand, will encourage the honoured person
as well as others to make greater contributions to the nation and uphold good
In Islam, the most Allah-fearing people are
honoured. Allah says in the Qur’an:
“The most honoured among you in the sight of
Allah is the most pious of you.” (Hujrat 13)
There are several examples and this
indicates the importance the divine religions, especially in the Islamic faith,
given to it.
Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), the
epitome of morality, has given real examples for the best and pious people by
mentioning the names of Bilal Bin Rabah and Salman Al-Farsi, although the two
did not have any tribal or family backing.
In Islam, a person is honoured due to his
piety, religious affinity and sincerity. Moreover, it is a religious, educational
and administrative principle. The application of this principle means
appreciating the qualities of the honoured individuals as well as the solid
values and beliefs.
This is the real principle of justice as we
cannot equate between a person who works and a person who does not work and the
one who makes sacrifices and exerts sincere efforts and the one who is inactive
and passive. By upholding this lofty principle of justice, Islam’s flag
fluttered all over the world and it produced a large number of shining stars
with high moral qualities.