JISPIL Vol 12 Issue 2 2016 - Article 1

The Notion of Freedom of Expression & Religion, in Islam; A Contextual Analyses in Relation to the Convention on The Rights of the Child (CRC).
Syed Raza Shah Gilani & Ali Mohammed AlMatrooshi
 
Abstract:
The purpose of this article is to examine the concept of freedom of expression and religion in Islam and further, making the contextual analyses of this religion with the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC).1 Moreover the objectives of this article include exploring the issues related to Children’s Human Rights and fundamental freedoms in Islam and its compatibility with CRC. Then taking into consideration, the freedom of expression and religion, (which are the primary human rights norms) to further judge their harmonisation in Islam. Besides, in order to understand their limitations in Islam contextual analyses of these issues will be made and underpinned by the various Islamic scholars.
The right to opinion and express one’s thoughts are well recognized by Islam. Islam is the custodian of Human rights and allows the Humans to think and believe. However, in order to protect everyone’s right Islam has mentioned some limitations. Islam does not allow blasphemy and apostasy at any cost and impose punishment on any one who allegedly involve in this crime, the punishment of such crime in Islam is death, unless and until he or she repents. Should he repent, he is pardoned by the Islamic state. In relation to this the CRC justifies restrictions on freedom of expression, information, thought and religion.

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