World Bulletin / News Desk
Harvard University, the esteemed Ivy League institution, has put up a verse from the Quran at the entrance of its famed law faculty, calling it one of the “irrepressible” ideas on justice, alongside the Magna Carta, sparking an online debate, reported Hindustan Times.
Verse 135 from chapter four of the holy book, the only one devoted to women, enjoins believers to stand firmly for justice and depose as witnesses even against oneself and one’s parents, if need be, for the sake of truth.
Revealed in Medina after the Prophet’s migration from Mecca in 622 CE, the verse, according to Harvard’s citation, addresses the importance of truthfulness in testimony.
This move has evoked sharp responses from far-right outfits inside and outside the US. Some groups have cited Harvard’s faith-respecting facilities, such as a Shariah-complaint gym, a Muslim chaplainry and “azaan” broadcasts five times a day as the “Islamisation of the world’s greatest university”.
“Words of Justice” plastered on the walls of Milstein East Conference Room have excerpts dating back to 550 BCE. Both the faculty and students made the selections.
The first quotation is from Saint Augustine: “An unjust law is no law at all.” The verse from Quran’s “Al-Nisa” chapter is placed between Augustine’s canonical quote and the Magna Carta — the canon of modern civil liberties.
The verse 135 from chapter four of the holy book worded as follows:
"O ye who believe! stand out firmly for justice, as witnesses to Allah, even as against yourselves, or your parents, or your kin, and whether it be (against) rich or poor: for Allah can best protect both. Follow not the lusts (of your hearts), lest ye swerve, and if ye distort (justice) or decline to do justice, verily Allah is well- acquainted with all that ye do."Last Mod: 24 Ocak 2013, 15:11