Dignity of Mankind
Munir Ahmad Mughal
Punjab University Law College; Superior Law College; LIMIT Law College, Lahore
August 21, 2011
Definition according to Cambridge Advance Learner’s Dictionary, Dignity means calm, serious controlled behaviour that makes people respect you. It is the opinion that you have of the standard of your own importance and value.
The three essential ingredients mentioned in the definition come in a person when he is aware that he is responsible and accountable. The accountability if of no effect without consequence of reward or punishment as the case may be. Mere regulation being there without power to enforce it is of no result.
Coming and going of the people from this universe makes it abundantly clear that there is a system in this universe and someone is in control of it and has not left it unattended. He is all Powerful, All Knowing and well aware of every act of his servants. This fear of God is called Al-Taqwa and it causes the above effect in the mind and heart of a Muslum.
Lip service does not know bounds without God fearing. Seriousness does not come unless there is responsibility and questionability before the Omni scient and all powerful God. Behaviour does not come under control unless theboundaries are not fixed and warning on keeping the limits is issued and violation of it is punished.
Self accountability is more so impossible if there is no fear of God. Thus this Taqwa is a term which signifies observance of rule of law, having excellent moral character, leading life in which there is complete obedience of Allah and the Messenger of Allah. (صلی لله علیہ و آلہ وسلم) The fruit of Taqwa is access to the goal, guidance to the access, awareness of the way and its ups and down and help and support of Allah Almighty at all moments.
It is consciousness of Takrim Banu Adam which makes the conduct where by respect of human rights is guaranteed. Care and caution in behaviour comes by awareness of one’s dignity.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 14working papers series
Date posted: August 23, 2011
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