Making the Islamic Case for Religious Liberty
Many Muslims today are trying to come to terms with the modern concept of religious liberty. The Qur’an repeatedly expresses the theme that a person’s dignity is intimately related to his or her individual freedom, particularly the freedom of conscience. In God’s eyes, human beings have inherent worth and dignity.
Those modern, secular countries that can secure religious freedom for all citizens through rule of law and civic toleration are more stable and successful because they are able to bring together a range of competing faith groups and worldviews that may have little in common philosophically or theologically.
Ultimately, religious faith needs to be given sufficient space to flourish. That cannot happen unless governments and societies allow for and respect the individual right to freedom of conscience, religion and thought. The more religious liberty Muslims have the more they are likely to develop their societies harmoniously and also to fulfill their obligations to God.