Islamic ethics

Muslim men pray during their weekly Friday noon prayer at the al-Islah Islamic Center Mosque in Hamtramck, Michigan, January 8, 2016. (Photo by AFP)

As a comprehensive way of life, Islam encompasses a complete moral system that is an important aspect of its worldview.

We live in an age when good and evil are often looked at as relative concepts. Islam however, holds that moral positions are not relative, and instead, defines a universal standard by which actions may be deemed moral or immoral.

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.

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 the glorious Quran and the traditions of the Prophet (PBUH) as their moral guides.


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