The Qur’an is the Book of Revelation which Muslims believe to be God’s Word transmitted through the agency of Angel Gabriel to the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). Of all the sources of the Islamic tradition, undoubtedly, the most important is the Qur’an which is regarded by Muslims in general as the primary, and most authoritative, source of normative Islam. Given the centrality of the Qur’an to the lives of the majority of the more than one billion Muslims of the world, a question of critical significance is:What, if anything, does the Qur’an say about human rights?
Here, an account is given of the Qur’an’s affirmation of fundamental rights which all human beings ought to possess because they are so deeply-rooted in our humanness that their
denial or violation is tantamount to a negation or degradation of that which makes us human.