Ibrahim Mogra on Justice

“It’s not fair!” is one of the oldest cries of the human condition. Everybody is looking for justice and wants to be treated fairly.

Justice is perhaps the most important of the supreme values of Islam and other world faiths and non-religious societies. It is truth in action. It is the first principle of social life. It governs all relations in life: between governments and citizens, rich and poor, employers and employees, teachers and pupils, husbands and wives, parents and children. Even in the forming of our personal habits, justice must be done to the various needs of the body, mind and spirit. It is unjust to neglect our body and its needs in search of spiritual development and it is likewise unjust to neglect our spiritual needs in the pursuit of physical wellbeing. And the most visible expression of justice is our treatment of fellow human beings especially those with whom we do not have a friendly relationship.

The Qur’an says, “And do not let the hatred of any people stop you from dealing justly. Deal justly, for that is closer to righteousness.”
“Be firm in justice as witnesses for God, even in cases against yourselves, your parents or your relatives.”
“God orders that you return trusts to their owners and that if you judge between people, you judge justly.”

Dear God, give us the strength to treat people fairly and justly. Give governments the courage to serve their citizens justly and fairly. Give us the strength and the vision to create a society which is just and fair. We ask you to remove oppression and injustice from this world. We ask you to restore justice to those who have been treated unjustly, indeed You are The Fair and The Just, amin.

3/12/09

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