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The Islamic religion is one of its kind, unique in its ways and nothing short of such is expected of it for being the perfect summation of all previously revealed Divine messages from the Lord almighty. The best of life is its quest for mankind, even if some of them deny that. It calls for virtue and forbids evil. A society built on sound morals and collective abhorrence of evil is its call. These are explicitly stated facts engraved forever in its teachings and traditions. Below is a summary of the three main features of the Islamic moral order:

1. By setting Divine pleasure as the objective of man's life, it has furnished the highest possible standard of morality. This is bound to provide limitless avenues for moral evolution of humanity. By making Divine revelations the primary source of knowledge, it gives permanence and stability to the moral standards which afford reasonable scope for genuine adjustments, adaptations and innovations though not for perversions, wild variations, atomistic relativism or moral fluidity. It provides a sanctity to morality in the love and fear of Allah which will impel man to obey the moral law even without external pressure. The belief in Allah and the Day of Judgment furnishes a motive force which enables a person to adopt the moral conducts with earnestness and sincerity, with all the devotion of heart and soul.

2. It does not, through a false sense of originality and innovation, provide any novel moral virtues, nor does it seek to minimizes the importance of the well-known moral norms, nor give exaggerated importance to some and neglect others without cause. It takes up all the commonly known moral virtues and with a sense of balance and proportion, it assigns a suitable place and function to each and every one of them in the total scheme of life. It widens the scope of their application to cover every aspect of man's individual and collective life -his domestic associations, his civic conduct, and his activities in the political, economic, legal, educational and social realms. It covers his life from home to society, from the dining table to the battle-fields and peace conferences, literally from the cradle to the grave. In short, no sphere of life is exempted from the universal and comprehensive application of the moral principles of Islam. It makes morality reign supreme and ensure that the affairs of life, instead of being dominated by selfish desires and interests, should be regulated by the norms of morality.

3. It stipulates for man a system of life which is based on all good and is free from all evil. It invokes the people, not only to practice virtue, but also to establish virtue and eradicate vice, to bid good and to forbid wrong. It wants that the verdict of conscience should prevail and virtue must not be subdued to play second fiddle to evil. Those who respond to this call are gathered together into a community (Ummah) and given the name "Muslim". And the singular object underlying the formation of this community (Ummah) is that it should make an organized effort to establish and enforce goodness and suppress and eradicate evil.






Allah says:

{كُنتُمْ خَيْرَ أُمَّةٍ أُخْرِجَتْ لِلنَّاسِ تَأْمُرُونَ بِالْمَعْرُوفِ وَتَنْهَوْنَ عَنِ الْمُنكَرِ وَتُؤْمِنُونَ بِاللَّهِ} (آل عمران:110).

Interpretation of the meaning: {You are the best of people ever raised up for mankind; you enjoin virtue and forbid vice and are believers in Allah} (Qur'an 3:110).

{الَّذِينَ إِن مَّكَّنَّاهُمْ فِي الْأَرْضِ أَقَامُوا الصَّلَاةَ وَآتَوُا الزَّكَاةَ وَأَمَرُوا بِالْمَعْرُوفِ وَنَهَوْا عَنِ الْمُنكَرِ وَلِلَّهِ عَاقِبَةُ الْأُمُورِ} (الحج:41).

Interpretation of the meaning: { [And they are] those who, if We give them authority in the land, they establish prayer and give zakah and enjoin what is right and forbid what is wrong. And to Allah belongs the outcome of [all] matters}(Qur’an 22:41).  

It will be a day of mourning for this community and a bad day for the entire world if the efforts of this very community were at any time directed towards establishing evil and suppressing good.


[1] See: Islamic Way of Life by Sayyid Abul A'la Maududi. I.I.P.H., Riyadh KSA.


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