Islam and Refugees

Publication date

20th November 2012


Islamic Relief Worldwide



Islam and Refugees

Asylum and refugees in Islam

In Islam, asylum is a right of anyone seeking protection. In his study of asylum in the Arab Islamic tradition, G.M. Arnaout argues that asylum ‘is an integral part of the islamic [sic] conception of human rights’. Islam embraces people of different races, nationalities and ethnicities. Islamic ideas of asylum and refugees reflect the inclusiveness of this religion. Its most important scripture, the Holy Qur’an, speaks explicitly about the issue of asylum-seekers and refugees:

And if anyone of the disbelievers seeks your protection, then grant him protection so
that he may hear the word of Allah, and then escort him to where he will be secure.
(Surah 9:6)

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