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Harvard Recognises Quranic Verse as One of the Greatest Expressions of Justice

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Harvard Recognises Quranic Verse as One of the Greatest Expressions of Justice

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Harvard Law School, one of the most prestigious institutions of its kind in the world, has posted a verse of the Holy Quraan at the entrance of its faculty library, describing the verse as one of the greatest expressions of justice in history.

Verse 135 of Surah Al Nisa (The Women) has been posted at a wall facing the faculty’s main entrance, dedicated to the best phrases articulating justice:

“O you who have believed, be persistently standing firm in justice, witnesses for Allah , even if it be against yourselves or parents and relatives. Whether one is rich or poor, Allah is more worthy of both. So follow not [personal] inclination, lest you not be just. And if you distort [your testimony] or refuse [to give it], then indeed Allah is ever, with what you do, Acquainted”


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According to a Saudi daily, a Saudi student who studies at Harvard first highlighted the development when he published a picture of the display on his Twitter page.


“I noticed that the verse was posted by the faculty of law, which described it as one of the greatest expressions for justice in history,” Abdullah Jumma said.


Established in 1817, Harvard is the oldest continually-operating law school in the United States and is home to the largest academic law library in the world. Among its alumni is US President Barack Obama and a host of influential journalists, writers, media and business leaders and even professional athletes.


According to its official website, The Words of Justice exhibition is a testimony of the endurance of humanity’s yearning for fairness and dignity through law. “The words on these walls affirm the power and irrepressibility of the idea of justice.”


There are approximately two dozen quotations on display in the art installation created by the Law School. The three most prominently displayed at the entrance of the art installation, are quotes from St. Augustine, the Holy Quraan and the Magna Carta. According to the Harvard Law School these quotations illustrate the universality of the concept of justice throughout time and cultures.


Quotations were selected from a pool of over 150 contributions from law school faculty, staff and students. Librarians at the Law School Library researched the historical context and authenticity of each quotation and developed a website to share this research with visitors to the art installation.

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8 Responses to “Harvard Recognises Quranic Verse as One of the Greatest Expressions of Justice”

  1. FayeH says:

    Great words. Justice is justice, no matter the source. Very fair, Harvard. Kudos.

  2. shade says:

    This is it Prophet Muhammad always on point! end of..

  3. seid says:

    A’lillah – happy to know this fact …I wish all in that position in the rest of the world follow the same boldness in exposing the truth no matter the owner of the source is.

  4. sheeza says:

    Great post . thank you for sharing .

    Learn Quran Online

  5. rabaya says:

    Quran is the true words of allah

  6. Rukhsana Ghouse says:

    I am happily surprised to see a verse from the Qur’an on the walls of the Harvard Faculty Library. At a time when there is so much anti-Muslim sentiment, Harvard needs to be congratulated for its courage and open-mindedness.

    Thank you TheDeenShow for bringing this to our attention.

  7. Mohamad Nizam says:

    Allahuakbar….MasyaAllah….Al Qur’an is really words of God, Allah SWT

  8. Dr Mohammed Abdur Razzak says:

    Justice is not of personal interest. A collective arrangement from social system is a sound principle. The core standard includes bias free practices in real world needs.