Morality is a basic principle in Islam

Social System and Morality of Islam

Islam provides a complete code of life. Morality generally refers to a code of conduct, that an individual, group or society hold as authoritative, in distinguishing right from wrong. Islam holds every action that is done to attain God’s pleasure to be worshipped. Acquiring ethical wisdom and moral intuition is a skill that must be developed over a lifetime of study, contemplation, and practice. Serve God, and join not any partners with Him, and do good. 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)

Islam considers it the worst sin since through arrogance all other sins are committed. Every Muslim is the recipient, guardian, and executor of God’s will on earth; his responsibilities are all-encompassing. Freeing humanity from the original sin, empowering human beings, and giving them full responsibility for their actions is the message of the Quran. 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)

The equality of all Muslims is emphasized repeatedly throughout the Quran. There is a direct relationship between every man and his Creator, and there can be no intermediary. Islam seeks to inculcate within every Muslim the need to seek justice and to apply it to himself as well as to others. Because Muslims believe that God is the beginning and the end of everything.  A Muslim’s duty to act in defence of what is right is as much part of his faith as is his duty to oppose wrong.

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 characteristic of a Muslim
  3. Morality is humble with God and with other people
  4. Morality is spending wealth in the Name of Allah
  5. Morality judged the actions are good or bad
  6. Morality teaches controls of their passions
  7. Morality is the only thing to help a Muslim
  8. Morality leading a Muslim to Paradise
  9. Morality is a basic principle in Islam
  10. Morality defining a Muslim’s level
  11. Morality is putting Trust In Allah
  12. Morality is standing for Justice
  13. Morality is goodness In all
  14. Morality ensures the affairs of life
  15. Morality set the rights for humanity 
  16. Morality does not divide the soul and life
  17. Morality teaches controls of their desires
  18. Morality gives a person a clear perspective
  19. Morality provides an effective moral system
  20. Morality emphasizes both evidence and faith
  21. Morality teaches that God is the Most Justice
  22. Morality respects all human being’s innocence
  23. Morality gives equal treatment to other religions
  24. Morality invokes to bear the pain to comfort others
  25. Morality has set the highest possible standard of peace

Islam is the religion that promotes peace, love, and respect among Muslims and also with the people of other religions. The society in which Muslims live is known as an Islamic society. Islamic society is the one whose members have “Iman” (faith) in Islam, apply its laws in their life and perform religious duties and abstain from doing what is unlawful according to Islam.

Nurturing the Soul of Your Family

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

  • 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
  • Acceptance: having an objective attitude toward other’s ideas and practices that differ from your own

The preservation of social order depends on each and every member of that society freely adhering to the same moral principles and practices. Islam, founded on individual and collective morality and responsibility, introduced a social revolution in the context in which it was first revealed. Collective morality is expressed in the Qur’an in such terms as equality, justice, fairness, brotherhood, mercy, compassion, solidarity, and freedom of choice. Allah says:

وَمَن يَقْنُتْ مِنكُنَّ لِلَّهِ وَرَسُولِهِ وَتَعْمَلْ صَالِحًا نُّؤْتِهَا أَجْرَهَا مَرَّتَيْنِ وَأَعْتَدْنَا لَهَا رِزْقًا كَرِيمًا

“And whoever is obedient among you to Allah and His Messenger and does righteousness, We will give her her reward twice; and We have prepared for her a provision noble.” (Surah Al-Ahzab 33:31)

There is a relation in Islam between individual responsibility and the rights and privileges derived from membership in the community. 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)

Everything is forgivable by Allah except Shirk (the negation of the existence of the Singularity, Uniqueness and Oneness of the Creator.) Even so, the mercy of God is infinite. Moral values must be instilled in children right from the beginning, and no age is too early to start. Morality in Islam encompasses the concept of righteousness and good character. Kindness to people and charity to the poor and the helpless are the most emphasized moral virtues in the Quran. Allah says:

وَالَّذِينَ آمَنُوا وَعَمِلُوا الصَّالِحَاتِ لَنُدْخِلَنَّهُمْ فِي الصَّالِحِينَ

“And those who believe and do righteous deeds We will surely admit them among the righteous.” (Surah Al-Ankabut 29:9 )

Islam seeks to inculcate within every Muslim the need to seek justice and to apply it to himself as well as to others. Individual responsibility is a cornerstone of Islam and every Muslim is accountable to his Creator for what he himself does or fails. Islam believes in free will and because of the Muslim’s belief in accountability in the hereafter, his oath is valid evidence in any judicial or extra-judicial process. Allah says:

الْمَالُ وَالْبَنُونَ زِينَةُ الْحَيَاةِ الدُّنْيَا وَالْبَاقِيَاتُ الصَّالِحَاتُ خَيْرٌ عِندَ رَبِّكَ ثَوَابًا وَخَيْرٌ أَمَلًا

“The wealth and children (are) adornment (of) the life (of) the world. But the enduring good deeds (are) better near your Lord (for) reward and better (for) hope.” (Surah Al-Kahf 18:46 )

Social and individual justice are evolving concepts that depend largely upon a variety of external considerations. May Allah guide us all to implement the concept of brotherhood in the world and amongst each other, and to follow in the footsteps of the Holy Prophet (PBUH), his companions and the early Muslims who implemented this practice in their lives.