Islam is an integral form of life, and morality is one of the cornerstones of Islam. Morality is one of the fundamental sources of the strength of a nation, just as immorality is one of the main causes of a nation’s decline.Islam has established some universal fundamental rights for humanity as a whole, which must be observed in all circumstances. To defend these rights, Islam has provided not only legal safeguards, but also a very effective moral system. Therefore, what leads to the welfare of the individual or of society and does not oppose any of the maxims of religion is morally good in Islam, and whatever is harmful is morally bad.Given its importance in a healthy society, Islam supports morality and the issues that lead to it and stands in the way of corruption and the issues that lead to it. The guiding principle for the behaviour of a Muslim is “virtuous deeds”. This term encompasses all works, not just acts of worship. The Guardian and Judge of all works is God himself.
The most fundamental characteristics of a Muslim are piety and humility. A Muslim must be humble with God and with other people:“And turn not your face away from people (with pride), nor walk in insolence through the earth. Verily, God likes not each arrogant boaster. And be moderate (or show no insolence) in your walking and lower your voice. Verily, the harshest of all voices is the voice (braying) of the ass.” (Quran 31:18-19)
World history has never seen a period in which a sense of morality prevailed. Only Islamic history projects a period of around 13 years where the Holy Prophet established a society in Madina that can be described as immaculate: free of evil and exploitation.One of the main objectives of Islam is to extirpate all the social ills of society. To achieve this, Islam instilled a high level of morality among its early followers. The Prophet was a living model among them.At the national level, many public organisations have not complied with moral standards. At the international level, we face a daunting situation as many NGOs place us on the lowest rung. Some have labelled us as corrupt or not reliable
There is not a single moment of the day when an individual is not involved in doing or thinking something. It is an endless process that continues throughout life. The question arises when one faces the veracity of the activity: right or wrong. This is related to morality and Muslims have been asked to seek guidance to determine the veracity of their conduct.
After the Qur’an, the life of the Prophet is the best source of guidance. While elaborating eternal truths, he simultaneously exemplified through his scrupulous behaviour. His life is full of such incidents, where he projects an appropriate sense of morality.Even his bitter enemies confessed that his ethics were great. His thought for human benefit, his works of kindness, his words of love, his effort for peaceful coexistence and his prayers for human salvation are brilliant examples for all to emulate.
A Muslim who loves his neighbour feels pain when he sees decomposition everywhere. There are a number of reasons for this, but the most important thing is to move away from the ethical objectives established by Allah. We have gone far from the ethical teachings of Islam. The success lies only in adhering to these teachings in letter and spirit.People interact mainly through word of mouth. The words represent our internal attitudes; they can create friendship and animosity between people. It is in the record that words have been the cause of many disputes and wars and also a good cause of peace and friendship in many areas of the world throughout history. Therefore, the Quran emphasizes that, believers’ utter words that are better and prudent.