Do All Lives Really Matter?
With so much oppressive behaviour occurring around the world, and only a selected few have been given the platform to share these horrific occurrences. While there are bombings continuously occurring in Syria, the attack in Nice, France was given full coverage. This has happened many times and people are outraged. So do some lives matter more than others?
It may seem so but isn’t the Muslim community doing the same? Aren’t we promoting injustice as well? In Islam all lives matter to Allah, and that is what is promoted, whether the individual is of a different faith, race or culture, Islam promotes equity and equality. This is reinforced by the Prophet ﷺ.
The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said, “Fear the prayer of the oppressed, even if he is a disbeliever, for there is no barrier (between it and Allah).”
We must always be just in our dealings, whether the other party is Muslim or not , this is also a form of dawah, as you are showing a non-Muslim the way a Muslim is supposed to behave. Even if your parents are acting unjustly you must stand up to the oppressors and advise them of their wrongdoings. Allah says,
“O you who have believed, be persistently standing firm in justice, witnesses for Allah, even if it be against yourselves or parents and relatives. Whether one is rich or poor, Allah is more worthy of both. So follow not (personal) inclination, lest you not be just. And if you distort (your testimony) or refuse (to give it), then indeed Allah is ever, with what you do, Acquainted.”
Another verse from the word of Allah states,
“O you who have believed, be persistently standing firm for Allah, witnesses in justice, and do not let that hatred of a people prevent you from being just. Be just; that is nearer to righteousness. And fear Allah; indeed Allah is Acquainted with what you do.”
Always be sure to treat everyone equally no matter who they are or where they are from, as we are all equal to Allah.