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Being just is one of the believers' most important qualities. God commands people to be fair with each other, even if this means going against their own interests or those of their relatives. Believers protect justice and prevent injustice, for, as the Qur'an states: God commands you to return to their owners the things you hold on trust and, when you judge between people, to judge with justice. How excellent is what God exhorts you to do! God is All-Hearing, All-Seeing. (Qur'an, 4:58)

For Muslims, it is irrelevant whether the person is rich or poor or whether their decision may conflict with their personal interests. Whatever the circumstances, Muslims do not compromise on justice. This superior morality is described in the Qur'an, as follows: O you who believe! Be upholders of justice, bearing witness for God alone, even against yourselves or your parents and relatives. Whether they are rich or poor, God is well able to look after them. Do not follow your own desires and deviate from the truth. If you twist or turn away, God is aware of what you do. (Qur'an, 4:135)

Another verse states that hatred should not cause people to be unfair:

O you who believe! Show integrity for the sake of God, bearing witness with justice. Do not let hatred for a people incite you to being unjust. Be just, for that is closer to heedfulness. Fear [and respect] God, for God is aware of what you do. (Qur'an, 5:8) The Torah and the Bible also call for justice. In the Bible, Jesus (pbuh) condemns those religious figures and Pharisees who disregard justice: Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices - mint, dill, and cumin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law - justice, mercy, and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter without neglecting the former. (Matthew, 23:23)

Other Biblical passages require people to be just, as follows:

Stop judging by mere appearances, and make a right judgment. (John, 7:24) Masters, provide your slaves with what is right and fair. (Colossians, 4:1) When the Torah describes virtuous people, it emphasizes fairness. Furthermore, it states that just and righteous people refrain from evil, are just to others, and protect the poor. Some of the passages encouraging justice are as follows: ... "Since you have asked for... discernment in administering justice, I will do what you have asked. (1 Kings, 3:11-12) This is what the LORD says: "Maintain justice and do what is right." (Isaiah, 56:1) Woe to those who make unjust laws, to those who issue oppressive decrees, to deprive the poor of their rights and withhold justice from the oppressed of My people, ... and robbing the fatherless. (Isaiah 10, 1-2)

Adapted from: "A Call for Unity" by: "Harun Yahya"

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