The Value and Respect Given to Humankind in Islam: Tolerance and Respect for Human Being

By Mustafa Erdil.

Published by The International Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Society

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Published online: February 5, 2014 $US5.00

God created human beings with the ability to think, research, and take on certain responsibilities towards other creations. Mankind’s laborious efforts produced positive developments such as scientific and technological progress, which have continuously improved the quality of human subsistence in this world since the time of Adam. However, negative developments have gone hand-in-hand with positive developments, including wars, armament, ignorance, ethnic problems, discrimination, vandalism, violence and terrorism, etc. Many intellectuals and researchers from different national and cultural backgrounds have been working hard to find solutions within the modern paradigm but none yet found any answer that promisies a safe future for humankind. Nevertheless, most religious teachings give tidings and hope that there are a few fundamental notions that will aid humankind to achieve a peaceful coexistence, and these include tolerance, mutual respect, love, and faith. This paper will attempt to explore—through contents analysis method—the respect and value attributed to humankind by Abrahamic religions, with particular focus on Islam.

Keywords: Humankind, Mutual Respect, Tolerance, Peaceful Coexistence, Islam

The International Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Society, Volume 3, Issue 3, March 2014, pp.43-52. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: February 5, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 412.938KB)).

Dr. Mustafa Erdil

Phd Candidate, Religion and Values Teacher, Faculty of Theology, Australian Catholic University, Sydney, NSW, Australia

I am working as a teacher and educations consultant in a private school in Sydney-Australia. I am also a PhD candidate at the Australian Catholic University in the Faculty of Theology. My thesis research is in regards to the Hadith being a secondary resource for Islamic knowledge, along with the understanding of a famous Turkish scholar M. Fethullah Gulen regarding hadith.