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The Influence of Islamic Moral Values

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. While this instinctive faculty may vary from person to person, human conscience has consistently declared certain moral qualities to be good and others to be bad. Dignity, restraint, politeness, and friendliness have throughout the ages been counted virtues, whereas snobbery and rudeness have always been looked down upon. 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 generally refers to a code of conduct, that an individual, group or society holds as authoritative, in distinguishing right from wrong. Islam as a complete way of life encompasses a complete moral system that is an important aspect of its world-view. We live in an era where good and evil are often looked at as related concepts. Allah says:

وَعِبَادُ الرَّحْمَٰنِ الَّذِينَ يَمْشُونَ عَلَى الْأَرْضِ هَوْنًا وَإِذَا خَاطَبَهُمُ الْجَاهِلُونَ قَالُوا سَلَامًا

“And the servants of the Most Merciful are those who walk upon the earth in modesty, and when the ignorant address them [harshly], they say [words of] peace.” (Surah Al-Furqan 25:63)

Justice, courage, and truthfulness have always found praise, and history does not record any period worth the name in which falsehood, injustice, dishonesty and breach of trust have been praised; sympathy, compassion, loyalty, and generosity have always been valued, while selfishness, cruelty, meanness, and bigotry have never been approved of by society; men have always appreciated perseverance, determination, and courage, but never impatience, fickleness, cowardice, and stupidity. Allah says:

وَالَّذِينَ لَا يَدْعُونَ مَعَ اللَّهِ إِلَٰهًا آخَرَ وَلَا يَقْتُلُونَ النَّفْسَ الَّتِي حَرَّمَ اللَّهُ إِلَّا بِالْحَقِّ

“The believers are those who do not call upon another god alongside Allah or kill the soul which Allah has made sacred except by right of justice.” (Surat al-Furqan 25:68)

People with a sense of responsibility and devotion to duty have always won the highest regard, those who are incompetent, lazy and lacking in a sense of duty have never been looked upon with approval. Allah has given this freedom to man because it is basically his test of how he will live his life that is according to the way that Allah described or the other that is evil. Allah says:

يَا أَيُّهَا النَّاسُ إِنَّا خَلَقْنَاكُم مِّن ذَكَرٍ وَأُنثَىٰ وَجَعَلْنَاكُمْ شُعُوبًا وَقَبَائِلَ لِتَعَارَفُوا إِنَّ أَكْرَمَكُمْ عِندَ اللَّهِ أَتْقَاكُمْ إِنَّ اللَّهَ عَلِيمٌ خَبِيرٌ

“O mankind! Indeed, We created you from a male and a female and We made you nations and tribes that you may know one another. Indeed, (the) most noble of you near Allah (is the) most righteous of you Indeed, Allah (is) All-Knower, All-Aware.” (Surah Al-Hujurat 49:13)

Morality in Islam addresses every aspect of a Muslim’s life, from greetings to international relations.  It is universal in its scope and in its applicability.  Morality reigns in selfish desires, vanity, and bad habits.  Muslims must not only be virtuous, but they must also enjoin virtue.  They must not only refrain from evil and vice, but they must also forbid them.  In other words, they must not only be morally healthy, but they must also contribute to the moral health of society as a whole.

Here is some  Moral Importance in Islam:

  1. Islam does not base our knowledge of evil and virtue on mere intellect
  2. The key to virtue and good conduct is a strong relationship with God
  3. Islam calls on the people to practice virtue but also to eradicate vice
  4. Islam provides not only legal safeguards but also a moral system
  5. We should follow to live a life according to the teachings of Allah
  6. Islam has set some universal fundamental rights for humanity 
  7. Islam guarantee a system of life that is free from all evil
  8. A man to live his life according to the dictates of Allah
  9. Dealing with one’s parents in the best manner
  10. Islam covers his life at home and in society
  11. He is generous in inappropriate ways
  12. Islam ensures that the affairs of life
  13. Islamic culture is how we should behave
  14. He does not divulge (tell) peoples’ secrets
  15. Being nice to one’s relatives and neighbours
  16. He does not fall into the same difficulty twice
  17. He respects the rights of those who are absent
  18. He is ready to bear pain in order to comfort others
  19. Be kind and good towards relatives and neighbours
  20. A man should endeavours ′seeking the pleasure of Allah
  21. He helps the oppressed and is concerned about the deprived
  22. We should have love and fear of Allah become the real motives
  23. His good deeds are not performed for the sake of being boastful
  24. A Man is a responsible, dignified and honourable agent of his Creator
  25. The believer is one with whom peoples’ life, wealth and dignity are safe

The most fundamental characteristics of a Muslim are piety and humility. A Muslim must be humble with God and with other people of us are a concern only with our own comfort and conveniences and us have no basic abhorrence and aversion to the injustice, impropriety, dishonesty, and selfishness, which constitute the foundation for the type of behaviour which gives rise to the sufferings of the common man. Allah says:

فَأَلْهَمَهَا فُجُورَهَا وَتَقْوَاهَا

And He inspired it (to distinguish) its wickedness and its righteousness.” (Surah Ash-Shams 91:8)

Individuals who are honest, sincere and dependable, whose deeds match their words, who are content with their own rightful possessions, who are prompt in the discharge of their obligations to others, who live in peace and let others live in peace, and from whom nothing but good can be expected, have always formed the basis of any healthy human society. Islam is that the universe is the creation of Allah who is One. He alone is its Master, Sovereign, and Sustainer, and it is functioning under His command. Allah says:

وَاعْبُدُوا اللَّهَ وَلَا تُشْرِكُوا بِهِ شَيْئًا ۖ وَبِالْوَالِدَيْنِ إِحْسَانًا وَبِذِي الْقُرْبَىٰ

“Worship Allah and associate nothing with him, and be good to parents and relatives.” (Surah Al-Nisa 4:36)

A Muslim should not be vain or attached to the ephemeral pleasures of this world. While most people allow the material world to fill their hearts, Muslims should keep God in their hearts and the material world in their hands. Instead of being attached to the car and the job and the diploma and the bank account, all these things become tools to make us better people.

Allah Almighty, in the Noble Quran, describes:

  • “And, be moderate in your walking…” (Quran: 31:19)
  • “And indeed, you are of a great moral character.” (Quran, 68:4)
  • “…and those who restrain (their) anger and pardon men.” (Quran, 3:134)
  • “Take to forgiveness and enjoin good and turn aside from the ignorant.” (Quran, 7:199)
  • “Surely Allah enjoins the doing of justice and the doing of good (to others)…” (Quran, 16:90)
  • “Ta Ha. We have not revealed the Quran to you that you may be unsuccessful.” (Quran, 20:1-2)
  • “And establish prayer. Indeed, prayer prohibits immorality and wrongdoing.” (Al-`Ankabut26:45)

Islam generates kindness, generosity, mercy, sympathy, peace, and truthfulness towards all creation in all situations. Islam is a complete code of life that describes each and everything we required to live an ideal life according to the teachings of the Quran. Islam, however, defines a universal standard by which actions may be suspect moral or immoral. Allah says:

هُوَ الَّذِي أَرْسَلَ رَسُولَهُ بِالْهُدَىٰ وَدِينِ الْحَقِّ لِيُظْهِرَهُ عَلَى الدِّينِ كُلِّهِ وَلَوْ كَرِهَ الْمُشْرِكُونَ

“It is He Who sent His Messenger with guidance and the Religion of Truth to exalt it over every other deen, even though the associates detest it.” (Surah At-Tawba, 9;33)

Almighty Allah with His great wisdom could have made such a system that teaches humans how to deal with every aspect of their lives. Almighty Allah made a complete and integrated system. If you want a successful and happy life, then simply apply Islam to it, and you will have wonderful results. On the basic moral characteristics, Islam builds a higher system of morality. Allah says:

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا لَا تَدْخُلُوا بُيُوتًا غَيْرَ بُيُوتِكُمْ حَتَّىٰ تَسْتَأْنِسُوا وَتُسَلِّمُوا عَلَىٰ أَهْلِهَا ذَٰلِكُمْ خَيْرٌ لَّكُمْ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَذَكَّرُونَ

“O you who have believed! Do not enter houses other than your own houses until you ascertain welcome and greet their inhabitants. That is best for you; perhaps you will be reminded [i.e., advised].” (Surah An-Nur 24:27)

Morality in Islam addresses every aspect of a Muslim’s life, from greetings to international relations. It is universal in its scope and in its applicability. Islam is not a man-made system; it is the religion of Allah. He made it complete and integrated. If you want a successful and happy life, then simply apply Islam to it, and you will have wonderful results.  We have to implement these Moral values and Ethics in our life. May Allah give us the strength to live our lives according to the teachings of Almighty Allah.