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Morality, Honesty and Simplicity

Posted on February 6, 2011 at 4:45 AM

Morality

 

 

Islaam fosters all aspects of good character and beautiful patterns of behaviour, balanced mannerism and etiquette sanctioned and approved by the Creator. The basic rule is: what the sacred law of Islaam has sanctioned as good is good and what it has declared bad is evil. Good manners are rewarded in Jannat (Paradise) while in this life one is blessed with peace, prosperity and psychological security. Volumes have been written on the minute details of good character and etiquette

Just to mention a few examples, Islaam has forbidden alcohol and other forms of intoxication. The marked decrease in violence from teetotallers is so obvious as to be self explanatory. Other forms of good behaviour are encouraged such as:-

a. Knocking 3 separate times on a persons door before entering. If a reply is received, one may enter. If no reply is given one has to leave. It is not Islaamic etiquette to continue knocking after the third time.

b. Not visiting people during times when intimacy is likely to be enjoyed and most important;

c. Not entering the home of a female in the absence of her husband. This may seem extreme to some but when we look at the causes of adultery which leads to even further social evils such as murder, suicide and divorce, leniency in this regard has borne many evil fruits. The above are but a few of the many down-to-earth, easy to understand and simple laws which protect man and illustrate the high standard of morality which Islaam teaches us to observe and practice.

 

 

Honesty

 

Islaam teaches the Muslim to be honest in speech and work whether in private or in public, even it be against oneself or one's friends or relatives. Islaam promotes truthfulness in speech, sincerity in labour and work, and objectivity in procedures. It disapproves of lying, cheating, hypocrisy, favouritism, stealing, forgery and social diseases such as bribery and corruption. The belief that Allaah is All Seeing prevents a believer against the evil temptations of the Devil (Satan). Honesty developes confidence in oneself and of being trusted by others. This creates a socially secure environment. Honesty in behaviour prevents conflicts and contradictions.

Islaam encourages ethical qualities by the direct instructions conveyed to us via Muhammad (Sallallaahu alayhi wasallam), through:-

a. rational arguments compatible to reason;

b the promises of reward and boons from Allaah;

c. learning the punishment for misdeeds; and

d. emulation of Nabi, i.e. practice (Amal) which is in essence the law in motion.

 

 

Simplicity

A Muslim sincerely believes that Allaah is the giver of security, safety, calm, ease, harmony and peace while He alone removes difficulties, problems, chaos, apathy, and all forms of calamities. A Muslim is certain about what is good and bad, true and false, right and wrong, legal and illegal, black and white.

This grants him a definite set of ideals and values with a specific direction. Islaam is not based upon vague general ideas which lend themselves to all sorts of manipulation. The laws about what to do and what not to do are clear cut and simple and not confused and difficult.

 

 

 

Written by Mufti Afzal Hoosen Elias

 

Categories: Etiquettes

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