Harvard recognizes Quranic verse as one of the greatest expressions of justice

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Words-of-justiceHarvard Law School, one of the most prestigious institutions of its kind in the world, has posted a verse of the Holy Quraan at the entrance of its faculty library, describing the verse as one of the greatest expressions of justice in history.

Verse 135 of Surah Al Nisa (The Women) has been posted at a wall facing the faculty's main entrance, dedicated to the best phrases articulating justice:

O ye who believe! stand out firmly for justice, as witnesses to Allah, even as against yourselves, or your parents, or your kin, and whether it be (against) rich or poor: for Allah can best protect both. Follow not the lusts (of your hearts), lest ye swerve, and if ye distort (justice) or decline to do justice, verily Allah is well- acquainted with all that ye do.

Established in 1817, Harvard is the oldest continually-operating law school in the United States and is home to the largest academic law library in the world. Among its alumni is US President Barack Obama and a host of influential journalists, writers, media and business leaders and even professional athletes.

According to its official website, The Words of Justice exhibition is a testimony of the endurance of humanity's yearning for fairness and dignity through law. "The words on these walls affirm the power and irrepressibility of the idea of justice."

There are approximately two dozen quotations on display in the art installation created by the Law School. The three most prominently displayed at the entrance of the art installation, are quotes from St. Augustine, the Holy Quraan and the Magna Carta. According to the Harvard Law School these quotations illustrate the universality of the concept of justice throughout time and cultures. (Read more)

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  • Kamalmunira Lakhani
    commented 2019-10-19 10:27:56 -0400
    What a marvelous “commandment” to the “believers”; that one can’t favour
    while being as witness or as judge— even own self, own parents, own kin or a rich or a poor. . And not only that but also that one cannot withdraw, resign or decline from being a witness or judge from fulfilling the duty when its a matter of justice— oh! what a rigor & seriousness. All this means is there cannot be “loopholes” for anyone to skip justice or be favored. This will bring about a virtuous society, consequently peace and harmony and progress for the society, community and the nation.
    And what happens if you don’t believe and don’t follow this “commandment”? Simply put; Injustice can prevail and therefore tendency to do more wrong to each others will continue— and it means you’re creating an unjust society and you being part of that society suffer the consequences.
    Certainly this Quranic quote makes you feel that you read more of the Quran and try to understand what it’s all about.