The Golden Rules

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

The following excerpt is from the Golden Rules for Peace poster presented to the United Nations in 2002. It contains the golden rule as expressed by 13 different religions from around the world.

Gathered for the Golden Rule poster by Paul McKenna

Aboriginal Spirituality
We are as much alive as we keep the Earth alive.
– Chief Dan George

Baha’i Faith
Lay not on any soul a load that you would not wish to be
laid upon you, and desire not for anyone the things you would
not desire for yourself.
– Baha’u’llah, Gleanings

Treat not others in ways that you yourself would find
– The Buddha, Udana-Varga 5.18

In everything, do to others as you would have them do to
you; for this is the law and the prophets.
– Jesus, Matthew 7:12

One word which sums up the basis of all good conduct. . .
loving kindness. Do not do to others what you do not want
done to yourself.
– Confucius, Analects 15.23

This is the sum of duty: do not do to others what would
cause pain if done to you.
– Mahabharata 5:1517

Not one of you truly believes until you wish for others what
you wish for yourself.
– The Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), Hadith

One should treat all creatures in the world
as one would like to be treated.
– Mahavira, Sutrakritanga

What is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbor. This is
the whole Torah; all the rest is commentary.
– Hillel, Talmud, Shabbath 31a

I am a stranger to no one; and no one is a stranger to me.
Indeed, I am a friend to all.
– Guru Granth Sahib, pg. 1299

Regard your neighbor’s gain as your own gain and your
neighbor’s loss as your own loss.
– T’ai Shang Kan Ying P’ien, 213-218

We affirm and promote respect for the interdependent web
of all existence, of which we are a part.
– Unitarian principle

Do not do unto others whatever is injurious to yourself.
– Shayast-na-Shayast 13.29

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The Statement


Presented to Mrs. Gillian Sorensen,
Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations,
on January 4, 2002

These Golden Rules, also known as the “law of reciprocity,” are evidence of a Global Ethic that transcends nations, civilizations, and religions. Yet no other statements so clearly summarize the simple practices of kindness and sustainable human conduct. In recent years, gatherings of religious and spiritual leaders have confirmed that “this ancient precept is found and has persisted in many religious and ethical traditions of humankind for thousands of years. . . [and] should be the irrevocable, unconditional norm for all areas of life, for families and communities, for races, nations, and religions”
(Toward a Global Ethic).


10 Responses to The Golden Rules

  1. saly says:

    Thank you, Irving. It is so sad that we twist these rules around to suit ourselves. I met a friend online who said that her husband recently married again and when she complained he said that she wasn’t a ‘true believer’ because she didn’t want for her sister in Islam what she wants for herself!

    All religions preach reciprocity, not just Islam; people should knwo this.

  2. Bilquees says:

    Such simplicity. Thanks again!


  3. Bilquees says:

    Thanks for another nice post.

  4. How true your words are, dear Saly. Inshallah, the world slowly evolves toward this rule, which is just common human respect, courtesy and love.

    Ya Haqq!

  5. sf says:

    Peace is all we need in this world!
    Thanks for such a lovely post.

  6. saly says:

    I have no idea why when I quote or link to your blog from mine, you receive a message from “Anonymous” and the post doesn’t show. I’m so angry with WordPress! Sorry, but the anonymous linking to your blog is me *blushes*

  7. Baraka says:

    SubhanAllah – beautiful! :)

  8. matt says:

    God Bless you mate for sharing that!

    so glad you started this blog, May God (Exalted Be HE!) Raise thee beyond preconceptions

    Sounds of peach blossom petals falling……

  9. Blessed are the peacemakers…
    After the furore caused by the recent comments by the Pope I have seen some challenging counter views put forward by Muslims about their faith which reveal a common heart searching for love and a desire for peace, for example:Blessed are the peacemakers…

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