Privacy in Islam has been studied by researchers on urban as well as dwelling levels and a clear hierarchy has been identified from public to private spaces. The purpose of seeking privacy is understood either as to separate genders or to hide sin or good, or bad, fortune from others. However, concepts in Islam have another dimension connecting them with the unseen. This research aims to establish the significance of safeguarding one’s privacy, during this life, in Islamic eschatology through investigation of the primary scriptures: Quran and Sunna. Privacy is demonstrated as an area where sin may easily be forgiven, as long as it did not violate another individual’s rights, and where sincerity of a good deed may enable the believer to reach as high a level as being under the protection of God in this life and on Judgement Day. This is based on two ideas in Islam: first, that all human beings are vulnerable to sin by nature; and second, that the door for repentance, during lifetime, is always open to start anew.
Ghada Mohamad, American University in the Emirates, United Arab Emirates
Stream: Religion – Mysticism
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