Can man live ethically and morally without the guidance of religion ?
Throughout history religion has been abused and misunderstood. Some people use it as a means of exploitation and suppression, as a pretext for prejudice and persecution. Some other people use it as a source of power and domination over the elite and the masses alike. In the name of religion unjustifiable wars have been launched, freedom of thought and conscience has been oppressed, science has been persecuted, the right of the individual to maturity has been denied, and mans dignity and honor have been flagrantly debased. And in the name of religion an injustice has been inflicted upon humanity with the result that religion itself has suffered many losses.
These are historical facts which no one can deny. But is this the proper function of religion or the right approach to religion? Could this be the purpose of religion? The indisputable answer is an emphatic no. There are many religions in the world, and each one claims to be the one and only true religion. E ...more
The concept of morality in Islam centers around certain basic beliefs and principles. Among these are the followings: (-
God is the Creator and Source of all goodness, truth and beauty.
Man is a responsible, dignified, and honorable agent of his Creator.
) God has put everything in the heavens and the earth in the service of mankind.
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.
Moderation, practicality, and balance are the guarantees of high integrity and sound morality. (
All things are permissible in principle except what is singled out as forbidden, which must be avoided. (
Mans ultimate responsibility is to God and his highest goal is the pleasure of his Creator.
The dimensions of morality in Islam are numerou ...more