by God; they have not been granted by any king or by any legislative assembly. Therights granted by the kings or the legislative assemblies, can also be withdrawn inthe same manner in which they are conferred. The same is the case with the rightsaccepted and recognized by the dictators. They can confer them when they pleaseand withdraw them when they wish; and they can openly violate them when theylike. But since in Islam human rights have been conferred by God, no legislativeassembly in the world, or any government on earth has the right or authority tomake any amendment or change in the rights conferred by God. No one has the rightto abrogate them or withdraw them. Nor are they the basic human rights which areconferred on paper for the sake of show and exhibition and denied in actual life whenthe show is over. Nor are they like philosophical concepts which have no sanctionsbehind them.The charter and the proclamations and the resolutions of the United Nations cannotbe compared with the rights sanctioned by God; because the former is not applicableto anybody while the latter is applicable to every believer. They are a part and parcelof the Islamic Faith. Every Muslim or administrators who claim themselves to beMuslims will have to accept, recognize and enforce them. If they fail to enforce them,and start denying the rights that have been guaranteed by God or makeamendments and changes in them, or practically violate them while paying lip-service to them, the verdict of the Holy Qurran for such governments is clear andunequivocal:
Those who do not judge by what God has sent down are the dis Believers(kafirun)
. 5:44 The following verse also proclaims: "
They are the wrong-doers(zalimun)
" (5:45), while a third verse in the same chapter says: "
They are theevil-livers (fasiqun)
" (5:47). In other words this means that if the temporalauthorities regard their own words and decisions to be right and those given by Godas wrong they are disbelievers. If on the other hand they regard God's commands asright but wittingly reject them and enforce their own decisions against God's, thenthey are the mischief-makers and the wrong-doers. Fasiq, the law-breaker,is the onewho disregards the bond of allegiance, and zalim is he who works against the truth.Thus all those temporal authorities who claim to be Muslims and yet violate therights sanctioned by God belong to one of these two categories, either they are thedisbelievers or are the wrong- doers and mischief-makers. The rights which havebeen sanctioned by God are permanent, perpetual and eternal. They are not subjectto any alterations or modifications, and there is no scope for any change orabrogation.
BASIC HUMAN RIGHTS
The first thing that we find in Islam in this connection is that it lays down somerights for man as a human being. In other words it means that every man whetherhe belongs to this country or that, whether he is a believer or unbeliever, whether helives in some forest or is found in some desert, whatever be the case, he has somebasic human rights simply because he is a human being, which should be recognizedby every Muslim. In fact it will be his duty to fulfill these obligations.