Importance of Humans Rights
In this global village of world, human beings are struggling in balancing their family life and where man and woman both are equally suffering. We all set up our priorities to ease our struggles for living a healthy and prosper life.
The list of priorities starts with being responsible towards God and then turning to the other life affairs. Our beloved Prophet Muhammad’s (PBUH) life and Quran is an example of social life chronology and principles to be followed in life.
Every Human Being is answerable to the obligatory duties towards Allah which is Huquq ul Allah which must be the top most priority. Another duty is Huquq ul Ebad which is to respect the rights of fellow humans. Allah has assigned some duties of Muslims on another Muslim.
Those Human Fellows who deserve rights
Allah has also mentioned those humans or relatives who deserve their rights to be fulfilled. In Surah An-Nisa, verse 36 Allah has told in detail that,
“Worship Allah and associate nothing with Him, and to parents do good, and to relatives, orphans, the needy, the near neighbor, the neighbor farther away, the companion at your side, the traveler, and those whom your right hands possess. Indeed, Allah does not like those who are self-deluding and boastful”. [4: 36]
Who has more rights over other Human Fellow?
However, Parents’ rights are prioritized over relatives and orphans.
Allah says in Quran in Surah Al-Baqarah, verse 83:
And [recall] when We took the covenant from the Children of Israel, [enjoining upon them], "Do not worship except Allah; and to parents do good and to relatives, orphans, and the needy. And speak to people good [words] and establish prayer and give zakah." Then you turned away, except a few of you, and you were refusing. [2: 83]
At another place in Quran, in Surah Al-Isra, verse 23:
“Thy Lord hath decreed that ye worship none but Him, and that ye be kind to parents. Whether one or both of them attain old age in thy life, say not to them a word of contempt, nor repel them, but address them in terms of honour”. [17:23]
Allah will not forgive the wrong deeds done to human fellows
It seems to me that there is an urgent need to put Huqooq ul Allah (Duty to God) into a better balance with Huqooq ul Ibad (Duty to human beings and all creation of Allah). The Muslim imams should take this opportunity to say to the worshippers that Allah does not pardon their fellow human beings for any wrongs committed by them; these wrongs could only be forgiven by those who have been hurt.
Thus, all of the above verses and hadiths say that human rights are equally important as Huqooq Allah. Allah has put a lot of emphasis on humans’ rights and Allah has put the authority of forgiveness to humans and Allah does not forgive when it comes to the matter of two people. This how Allah has given importance to humans’ rights.