Freedom of Expression

Intellectual Freedom in Islam

Man has been granted total intellectual freedom in Islam. Rather the truth is that it was Islam itself which brought into existence that revolution in human history which granted freedom of expression to all human beings. Prior to Islam in all periods of human history system of absolutism prevailed in the world. That is why man was denied of intellectual freedom. Intellectual freedom is no simple matter. The truth is that the secret of all human progress lies hidden in intellectual freedom.

Freedom of Thought in Islam

A man called Mughees and his wife, Bareera, who were living in slavery in Medina, decided to accept Islam. After some time the wife was set free. By winning her freedom she legally obtained the right either to live with her husband or to seek a separation from him. Bareera decided in favour of separation. But Mughees, who was greatly attached to her wanted her to change her decision and continue to live with him.

Freedom of Thought

New Yorker Walter Lippmann (1889-1974) was famous for his political and journalistic writing. His book Public Opinion, the first edition of which was published in 1922, received wide acclaim for its emphasis on the adoption of a psychological approach in politics.
Widely read for the seriousness of his thinking, Zippmann once observed that “When all think alike, no one thinks very much.”

Freedom of Enquiry

In his well-known book, The Legacy of Islam (1931), Baron Carra de Vaux acknowledges the achievements of the Arabs, but. nevertheless relegates them to the status of pupils of the Greeks. Bertrand Russell, too, in his History of Western Philosophy, sees the Arabs only as transmitters of Greek thought, i.e. that they brought Greek knowledge to Europe through their translations.