Lesson One Hundred Five: Respect Of Freedom Of Thought
The Holy Prophet of Islam (peace be upon him and his progeny) said:
بِئْسَ الْقَوْمُ قَوْمٌ يَمْشِى الْمُؤْمِنُ فيهِمْ بِالتَّقِيَّةِ وَ الْكِتْمانِ
When a believer is forced to hide his beliefs , he is living among bad people! 1
Dissimulation and concealment of one’s ideas and beliefs usually arises when a selfish majority of the society prevent the righteous minority from expressing their thoughts freely. Surely, such a society will not be prosperous.
In an Islamic and humanitarian society, the righteous people should have the freedom to disclose their viewpoints for public comments and discourse.
No one should hinder them. Instead, there should be respect for freedom of thought and reformative thinking and facilities should be provided for imparting training and bringing good ideas to fruition.
- 1. Nahjul Fasahah