Equality before the Law
Mutual respect, fairness, and reciprocity can support peaceful coexistence for all. We invite you to learn about the Marrakesh Declaration.
In January 2016 leading Muslim scholars from over 50 countries issued a call, the Marrakesh Declaration, for Muslims to reflect on the Charter of Medina from 1AH / 622CE.
From this foundation within the traditions of Islam they sought to catalyze consideration of Islamic legal frameworks to fortify Muslim support for equal citizenship for the law in modern nation-states, an issue which is particularly pressing for non-Muslim minorities in Muslim-majority countries today.
Moreover, how Muslims treat non-Muslim minorities in Muslim-majority countries can have an impact on how non-Muslims treat Muslims in lands where Muslims are a minority. Mutual respect, fairness, and reciprocity can support peaceful coexistence for all. We invite you to learn about the Marrakesh Declaration.
From the Executive Summary of the Marrakesh Declaration on the Rights of Religious Minorities in Predominantly Muslim Majority Communities:
"DECLARE HEREBY our firm commitment to the principles articulated in the Charter of Medina, whose provisions contained a number of the principles of constitutional contractual citizenship, such as freedom of movement, property ownership, mutual solidarity and defense, as well as principles of justice and equality before the law...
"Call upon Muslim scholars and intellectuals around the world to develop a jurisprudence of the concept of "citizenship" which is inclusive of diverse groups. Such jurisprudence shall be rooted in Islamic tradition and principles and mindful of global changes...
"AFFIRM that it is unconscionable to employ religion for the purpose of aggressing upon the rights of religious minorities in Muslim countries.