Quranic verses have always been quoted by renowned institutions as a symbol of peace, justice, unity, and an exceptional source of information. We, Muslims, have faith that Allah has chosen the Holy Quran as his final and complete publication. It’s a gift from the creator to direct the universe on how to live in a better way. However, law and justice, both have a priority in Islam and the Quran is compiled with a lot of beneficial laws for mankind.
Recently, one of the most renowned institutions of the world, Harvard university quoted a verse from Surah Nisa at the display of its faculty library; expressing it as one of the best expressions of justice in history.
Verse 135, of the Chapter/women Nisa (Woman), states humankind to stand firm on justice.
“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”
The story goes viral after a Saudi student who currently studies in the institution, posted the picture on his Twitter account.
“I noticed that the verse was posted by the faculty of law, which described it as one of the greatest expressions for justice in history,” Abdullah Jumma said.
Words of Justice
As stated on 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.”
Although a huge amount of quotations are on the display of the art gallery, designed by the law school. Among them, the three most prominent ones are at the entrance of the art installation. They are from St. Augustine, the Holy Qur’an, and the Magna Carta. The purpose behind choosing these lines described by the law school is that these quotations demonstrate the universality of the concept of justice throughout time and culture.
However, the process of collecting and finalizing quotes required the services of the law school faculty members, students, and staff. Their librarians do the research, also check the authenticity of each entry and then publish it on their website to share the information with the visitors of the art installation.
Well, the popular Harvard University is the oldest continually-operating law school in the United States. Established in 1817, it has the world’s largest academic law library. Moreover, it has so many renowned personalities in its alumni including, former US President Barack Obama and many other writers, journalists, media and business professionals.
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