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The Concept of Morality in Islam

*Islam holds every action that is done to attain God’s pleasure to be worship. Acquiring ethical wisdom and moral intuition is a skill that must be developed over a lifetime of study, contemplation, and practice. It is not something that can be acquired by reading a single book or adhering to a single code, because the nature of ethics involves weighing multiple moral imperatives and variables that might sometimes conflict. Moral values must be instilled in children right from the beginning, and no age is too early to start. Allah says:

إِنَّ اللَّهَ يَأْمُرُ بِالْعَدْلِ وَالْإِحْسَانِ وَإِيتَاءِ ذِي الْقُرْبَىٰ وَيَنْهَىٰ عَنِ الْفَحْشَاءِ وَالْمُنكَرِ وَالْبَغْيِ يَعِظُكُمْ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَذَكَّرُونَ

“Verily, Allah orders justice and benevolence and giving to relatives and He forbids immorality and bad conduct and transgression. He admonishes you that perhaps you will be reminded.” (Surah Al-Nahl 16:90)

Morality or the propagation of moral values is a major aspect of Islam. Islam as a comprehensive way of life encompasses a complete moral system that is an important aspect of its world-view. We live in an age where good and evil are often looked at as relative concepts. Islam however, holds that moral positions are not relative, and instead, defines a universal standard by which actions may be deemed moral or immoral. Allah says:

ثُمَّ جَعَلْنَاكَ عَلَىٰ شَرِيعَةٍ مِّنَ الْأَمْرِ فَاتَّبِعْهَا وَلَا تَتَّبِعْ أَهْوَاءَ الَّذِينَ لَا يَعْلَمُونَ

“Thus, We have ordained a law (shari’a) upon you in the matter, so follow it and do not follow the whims of those who know not.” (Surah Al-Jathiyah 45:18)

Morality in Islam addresses every aspect of a Muslim’s life, from greetings to international relations. Man is His creature, subject, and servant and is born to serve and obey Him. He/She must not only refrain from evil and vice but must also actively engage in asking people to eschew them. A believer is to have the quality of patients in his character because it is the quality that comes in handy in almost every aspect of life.

Here are some sources of good morals values in Islam:

  1. Morality is a key virtue to a strong relationship with God
  2. Morality is the fundamental characteristics of a Muslim
  3. Morality is worshipping Allah sincerely and obediently
  4. Morality is humble with God and with other people
  5. Morality is spending wealth in the Name of Allah
  6. Morality judged the actions are good or bad
  7. Morality teaches controls of their passions
  8. Morality is the only thing to help a Muslim
  9. Morality teaches controls of their desires
  10. Morality makes the most perfect Muslim
  11. Morality leading a Muslim to Paradise
  12. Morality is fulfilling your agreements
  13. Morality is a basic principle in Islam
  14. Morality defining a Muslim’s level
  15. Morality reigns in selfish desires
  16. Morality is putting Trust In Allah
  17. Morality is standing for Justice
  18. Morality is goodness In all
  19. Morality is a part of Faith
  20. Morality ensures the affairs of life
  21. Morality set the rights for humanity 
  22. Morality does not divide the soul and life
  23. Morality teaches us about good and bad 
  24. Morality set life which is free from all evil
  25. Morality itself is an inherently inner peace 
  26. Morality teaches that ultimately be judged
  27. Morality gives a person a clear perspective
  28. Morality culture is how we should behave
  29. Morality provides an effective moral system
  30. Morality allows a person to truly God’s love
  31. Morality teaches one should not harm others
  32. Morality emphasizes both evidence and faith
  33. Morality teaches that God is the Most Justice
  34. Morality also furnishes good and evil conduct
  35. Morality always forbid to attack other religions
  36. Morality respects all human being’s innocence
  37. Morality gives equal treatment to other religions
  38. Morality invokes to bear the pain to comfort others
  39. Morality has set the highest possible standard of peace

Positive moral values are important because they allow you to have an overall feeling of peace and joy. Moral values can give meaning and purpose to your life. You can direct your behaviour towards beneficial and fulfilling activities. When you live your life according to moral values that are based on honesty, compassion, courage, modesty, and forgiveness, then you can also form positive bonds with other people.  Allah says:

وَإِنَّكَ لَعَلَىٰ خُلُقٍ عَظِيمٍ

“Verily, you are upon great moral character.” (Surat al-Qalam 68:4)

Islam as a comprehensive way of life encompasses a complete moral system that is an important aspect of its world-view. We live in an age where good and evil are often looked at as relative concepts. Islam however, holds that moral positions are not relative, and instead, defines a universal standard by which actions may be deemed moral or immoral. A true Muslim is a humble person who submits his will to his Creator’s wishes.

Nurturing the Soul of Your Family

What virtues make your family’s top, some to consider include:

  • Acceptance: having an objective attitude toward other’s ideas and practices that differ from your own
  • Compassion: understanding the suffering of others or self and wanting to do something about it
  • Cooperation: helping your family and friends, returning favours
  • Courage: willingness to do difficult things
  • Equality: believing everyone deserves equal rights and to be treated with respect
  • Fairness: acting in a just way, sharing appropriately
  • Generosity: willingness to give resources, help or time to others
  • Gratitude: showing appreciation to others
  • Honesty: being truthful and sincere
  • Integrity: sticking to your moral and ethical principles and values
  • Kindness: being considerate and treating others well
  • Perseverance: persisting in a course of action, belief or purpose
  • Politeness: using good manners, acting in socially acceptable ways
  • Respect: showing consideration for the worth of someone or something
  • Responsibility: being reliable in your obligations
  • Self-control: staying in control of your words and behaviour
  • Trustworthy: reliably doing what is right even when it is difficult, being true to your word

A moral sense is inborn in man and, through the ages, it has served as the common man′s standard of moral behaviour, approving certain qualities and condemning others. Parenting is not just about caring for the physical growth of the child- it is every bit about mental growth too.

The Quranic moral values put great emphasis on the height of the characters:

  • “Allah knows what your hearts contain.” (Quran, 3:119)
  • “And indeed, you are of a great moral character.” (Quran, 68:4)
  • “And God loves those who are firm and steadfast.” (Quran 3:146)
  • “And on God should you rely on and trust if you are believers.” (Quran 5:23)
  • “O you who believe! Repent towards God sincere repentance.” (Quran 66:8)
  • “But only he (will prosper) who brings to Allah a sound heart.” (Quran, 26:89)
  • “O You who believe! Keep your duty to Allâh and be with the truthful.” (Quran 9:119)
  • “Take to forgiveness and enjoin good and turn aside from the ignorant.” (Quran 7:199)
  • “O you who believe! Fear the wrath of God and be with those who are truthful.” (Quran 9:119)
  • “And establish prayer. Indeed, prayer prohibits immorality and wrongdoing.” (Quran 26:45)

The Holy Quran is a methodology of morals and virtue, that is stated the rules of morals, and drew the path of right behaviour that achieves a happy life to all society individuals. May Allah help us to internalize and externalize His noble qualities of Mercy, Love, and Wisdom. Let us pray that Allah helps us to become better Muslims who follow His command so that we can set a good example for others.  Allah says:

إِنَّ اللَّهَ يَأْمُرُ بِالْعَدْلِ وَالْإِحْسَانِ وَإِيتَاءِ ذِي الْقُرْبَىٰ وَيَنْهَىٰ عَنِ الْفَحْشَاءِ وَالْمُنكَرِ وَالْبَغْيِ يَعِظُكُمْ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَذَكَّرُونَ

“Indeed, Allah commands justice and the good, and giving (to) relatives, and forbids [from] the immorality and the bad and the oppression. He admonishes you so that you may take heed.” (Surah An-Nahl 16:90)

Moral decisions can often be very directly guided by virtue-reasoning or adhering to one of Islam’s traditional legal codes. If everyone follows morality in its best form, the world will become a much better place to live. Since Islam is a complete lifestyle, it provides a comprehensive set of ethics for its believers. Allah says:

إِنْ هِيَ إِلَّا أَسْمَاءٌ سَمَّيْتُمُوهَا أَنتُمْ وَآبَاؤُكُم مَّا أَنزَلَ اللَّهُ بِهَا مِن سُلْطَانٍ ۚ إِن يَتَّبِعُونَ إِلَّا الظَّنَّ وَمَا تَهْوَى الْأَنفُسُ ۖ وَلَقَدْ جَاءَهُم مِّن رَّبِّهِمُ الْهُدَىٰ

“They are nothing but names you have named, you and your forefathers, for which Allah has not revealed any authority. They follow nothing but assumption and what their souls desire, yet there has already come to them guidance from their Lord.” (Surah Al-Najm 53:23)

The moral value of sincere and obedient worship of Allah. Islamic moral values bestows freedom from worldly values and all forms of dependence felt toward other people. A believer with such moral values seeks the approval of Allah, not that of other people. He fears Allah alone and knows that all things are under His control. Such is the nature of moral wisdom, which comprehensively accounts for virtues, duties, and context. May Almighty Allah help us to follow the right path and footsteps of Holy Prophet (SAW)! Ameen