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Islamic Ethics

Islam being a comprehensive religion has its own sets of values on all aspects of life including ethics. Islamic ethics was formed by the amalgamation of the teaching in Quran, the teachings of the prophet (the Sunnah) and from the lives of the early scholars and imams of Islam.

Islamic ethics focuses on a just society where good prevails evil and where everyone is treated fairly despite of his or her race or profession. There are several verses in the Quran and Hadiths by the prophet, which defines the moral principles that Muslims should follow and that forms the ethical foundations of Muslims. Some of these that can be derived from the Quran are

  1. Worship only God: This goes in hand with the foundations of the religion itself, it states that Allah is on the only god and none other than him deserves to be worshipped. Doing so would be a disgrace to him.

  2. Be kind, honorable and humble to ones parents: According to Islam everyone should be kind, honorable to their parents, be obedient to parents is considered very important in the religion. It is instructed to follow the parents as long as they do not order to go against the religion. This also allows better upbringing of children and reduces social problems in the community.

  3. Be neither miserly nor wasteful in one’s expenditure: According to the Islamic principles, one should not be greedy and keep on storing all his wealth but should be spending it in the way of good and help the poor and needy with it. Islam does not stop here, it also continues saying that one should also not become a spendthrift and be considerate in ones spending and not spend money and wealth on useless things.

  4. Do not engage in “ mercy killings” for fear of starvation: it is forbidden in Islam to kill ones children with the fear that they would not be able to feed the whole family and they would have to face striation, it is said Allah knows best and would never give someone a burden that they cannot overcome.

  5. Do not commit Adultery: Adultery is also forbidden in Islam is considered one of the most shameful deeds that one can commit and strict punishments are in order for those who engage in it.

  6. Do not kill unjustly: Taking life is not permissible in Islam whether it is your own life or someone else’s. If found guilty anyone who has taken a life it to be given capital punishment.

  7. Care for the orphaned children: Islam asks us to care of  children and of whom also special attention is given to the orphans, there are measures taken to protect them such a using their property till they come of age is only allowed for improving it.

These are some of the ethical values in Islam there are many more in addition to these such as keeping ones promises, being honest and fair in ones interactions and not showing ones arrogance in one’s claim or beliefs.

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