Human dignity in Islam
[ January 20, 2017 ]
A major goal of Islam is to provide mankind with a practical and realistic system of life based on good by which he can conduct his life. It calls upon mankind not only to practice virtue but to establish it and to eradicate all that is harmful. It seeks the supremacy of one's conscience in all matters, so that what is harmful cannot gain the upper hand in either an individual or a society.
FRIDAY FAITH Muslims look to Noble Qur'an and the traditions of Prophet Muhammad (SAW) as their moral guides. Muslims believe that true happine
Those who respond to this call are known as Muslims, which literally means those who have submitted to God ( Almighty Allah). The sole object of the resulting community of muslims (Muslim Ummah) is the undertaking of an organized effort to establish what is good and to fight and eradicate what is evil and harmful. Morality is one of the fundamental sources of a nation's strength, just as immorality is one of the main causes of a nation's decline. Hence, Morality is one of the cornerstones of Islam.
Morality in Islam has established some universal fundamental rights for humanity as a whole, which are to be observed in all circumstances. Islam's moral system is striking in that it not only defines morality, but also guides the human race in how to achieve it, at both an individual as well as a collective level. Thus, everything that leads to the welfare of the individual and the society is morally good in Islam, and whatever is harmful is morally bad. Given its importance in a healthy society, Islam supports morality and matters that lead to it and stands in the way of corruption and matters that lead to it. The Islamic moral principles therefore, appeal naturally to the human intellect, while elevating the pursuit of morality to the level of worship. This is because Islam holds every action that is done with the goal of attaining of God's pleasure to be worship. The Guardian and Judge of all deeds is God (Almighty Allah) himself. The concept of morality in Islam centers around certain basic beliefs and principles. Among these are : (1) God (Almighty Allah) is the Creator and Sustainer of the Universe and Source of all goodness, truth and beauty, (2) Man is a responsible, dignified and honorable agent of his Creator, (3) God has put everything in the heavens and the earth in the service of mankind, (4) By His Mercy and Wisdom, God does not expect the impossible from man or hold him accountable for anything beyond his power. Nor does God forbid man to enjoy the good things of life, (5) Moderation, practicality and balance are the guarantees of high integrity and sound morality, (6) All things are permissible in principle except what is singled out as obligatory, which must be observed, and what is singled out as forbidden, which must be avoided and (7) Man's ultimate responsibility is to God and his highest goal is the pleasure of his Creator. From an Islamic perspective, the purpose of human life is to worship God, by leading this worldly life in harmony with the Divine Will, and thereby achieve peace in this world, and everlasting success in the life of the hereafter. Muslims look to Noble Qur'an and the Traditions of Prophet Muhammad (SAW) as their moral guides. Muslims believe that true happiness occurs when you are God-conscious and submissive to God's(Almighty Allah’s) will. Freedom is freedom from human desires and man-made ideals. Through prayer and fasting, self-discipline and self-control become a focus of many Muslims. This also is a foundation for human dignity.
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