Chapter

Dignity

Rusmir Mahmutćehajić

in The Mosque

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print May 2006 | ISBN: 9780823225842
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823237159 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823225842.003.0006
Dignity

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This chapter presents Islamic teachings about human dignity. Our dignity as human beings consists of the potential to turn toward God and to accept His command that we must repel evil with good. And also the potential to bear in mind that we must answer to an all-knowing Judge for every atom of good and evil that we do, and that the noblest among us are those who are most aware of their origins and their ultimate accountability. Through that center, the self is able to draw infinitely near to the Self. Its dignity is therefore inviolable, by dint of the Spirit within it. The body is an extension of that center and surrounds it, and thus it too is inviolable. And there can be no society, no community if their center does not show both aspects of the same dignity.

Keywords: God; self; human dignity; Islam; Spirit

Chapter.  1300 words. 

Subjects: Islam

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