Universal Human Rights by Allameh M. T. Ja’fari (Book Review #125)

During the past couple of years, many religions have been attacked and portrayed as an extreme faith due to the behavior of certain groups and extremists. One, in particular, is the Islamic faith. The outcomes of these actions have made some to believe that Islam is radical and harsh.

Allameh Ja’fari, the well-known scholar of the Islamic world, has written a book titled “Universal Human Rights” in which he provides visible proof that Islam has no relation to these groups of extremists. “Universal Human Rights,” is believed to create a fresh new view on this sensitive matter.

This book represents the truth on what is, actually “fact” and what is “fake.” In this book, you will find references to declarations to the UN, Vancouver-Canada, the British and French Human rights and much more. Thus, proving that Islam is the religion of peace and equality. In general, the view of Islam is represented clearly within the content of its pages.

Although the work is translated from Arabic into Persian and from Persian to English, I was expecting some information to be lost in translation. However, the content was clear, and I could easily understand the point and message of which this book was giving.

There are times in life when one has to raise their head and look above and beyond the box they are living in. This scholar appeared to give an accurate perspective on this religion and was able to compare the subject matter in a fair way.

I recommend this book to people that seek a clearer view of Islam and the West.

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Written by Jeyran Main

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  1. Thank you for the review Jeyran. I am somehow unable to form an honest opinion on the writing (book).
    Somehow, somewhere the books seemed to lack a direct approach to the concept of Universal Human Rights. Despite agreeing with his take on differentiation of religious rights and acts, there appears to be a categorical ignorance of existing facts.

    Prima facie, the interpretation of texts in an era gone by, and the development of ideologies in modern times vary by leaps and bounds. For example, in the global scenario, a terrorist has certain rights whereas a pirate doesn’t have one. Going by the principles of the book, there ought to have been a difference between implementation of the norms and theory.

    When we discuss Universal Human Rights, it connotes a right inherent by nature which is bereft of any religious rights or influences. The moment we bring it to resemble and co-relate with a religious ideology whether it being Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Judaism etc. we are being ignorant to idea of “natura naturata”.
    Whereas, when we bring in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the philosophy changes to the recognition of people, their freedom and rights (including religious rights).

    The book succeeds in bringing two ideologies together with shared characteristics, but yet again when we try to co-link science with faith, we fail in translations/ interpretations, and it is within this grey area that I found the book missing its links.

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