Quran verses on the walls of Harvard University

The US Harvard University has posted a verse of the Holy Quran at the entrance of its faculty of law, describing the verse as one of the greatest expressions for justice in history.

Verse 135 of Sura An Nisa (women chapter) has been posted at a wall facing the faculty’s main entrance, dedicated to the best phrases said about justice.

“O ye who believe!
Stand out firmly for justice, as witnesses
To Allah, even as againstYourselves, or your parents,
Or your kin, and whether
It be (against) rich or poor:
For Allah can best protect both.”

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The verse on the wall of Harvard university

This chapter, was revealed in Medina after the Prophet’s hijra (migration) from Mecca in 622 CE. As the name of this surah implies, An-Nisa’ mainly deals with the responsibilities and rights of women in Islamic society, but it also touches on inheritance and family law along with slavery and temporary marriage. In this verse, the Qur’an is addressing the importance of truthfulness in testimony.

Harvard University was established in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1636 as the oldest institution of higher learning in the United States.

Photograph by Chang Yong Kang.

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    January 15, 2013 at 10:40 pm

    Could you please post a photo for the poster . This would be great!

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    nazir ahmad bhat
    January 17, 2013 at 4:00 am

    the holy quranic verse posted at the entrance of harvard law school is recognition of sense of justice at all levels by humanity irrespective of color; caste and religion etc..great..

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    January 18, 2013 at 11:02 am

    there’s no verse of Qur’an at Harvard University.
    all the picture saying that just a verse from qur’an without knowing where it written.

    why don’t you ask someone to look out for the verse at Harvard and take a more reliable photo.

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      muhammad Numan
      January 19, 2013 at 4:31 pm

      (Reply to Kiel)Here is the reference from Harvard website:

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        May 4, 2013 at 12:11 pm

        Still there is no obvious reason according to dear Kiel.

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    February 19, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    Jazakallah Khair! If we only read and understand!

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    May 13, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    The verse is there for sure; confirmed by me, a student at the University.
    It is on a wall at the entrance to the faculty lounge, just below a quote by Saint Augustine (Augustine of Hippo) (November 13, 354 – August 28, 430)
    “An unjust law is no law at all.”

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