I have written over 200 articles at Dallas Morning News on Pluralism, they include quotes from most religions and most certainly from Quran. On November 12, 2013, I wrote in the article; The verse inscribed at Harvard is from 4:135 where as the one I quoted was from 5:8
Texas Faith: What words of religious faith should politicians really hear and heed?
For those who serve in public office, I would recommend the following verse.
Quran, 5:8 (Asad translation): “O YOU who have attained to faith! Be ever steadfast in your devotion to God, bearing witness to the truth in all equity; and never let hatred of any-one lead you into the sin of deviating from justice. Be just: this is closest to being God-conscious. And remain conscious of God: verily, God is aware of all that you do.”
The word hatred has multiple meanings in this case – bias to color, race, appearance, deport and other temperamental proclivities are destructive to everyone at the end. Injustice to one is injustice to all – MLK.
There are innumerable examples of Prophet Muhammad and the first four Caliphs punishing their own kith and kin against the complaints of injustice from others. They paid a price to build a society, where one can trust each other and mind their own pursuit of happiness. Justice is what keeps the society going forward.
Islam is built around five core values; Mercy, Justice, truth, equality and humility. Everything else is structured to achieve these combined values lumped out as Taqwa, Trust or simply piety. The most dominant characteristic of God, as repeated in Quran is Mercy.
To see the response of other Panelists, go to Dallas Morning News at -http://dallasmorningviewsblog.dallasnews.com/2013/11/texas-faith-what-words-of-religious-faith-should-politicians-really-heed.html/?nclick_check=1#more-31522
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