Our Moral Compass
Morality is a set of rules that govern behaviour between people. Morality describes the principles that distinguish good from bad, and vice from virtue.
Everyone adheres to a moral doctrine of some kind. Islam has not left man without a moral compass, like a ship without moorings at the mercy of winds and tides. Instead it has prescribed the attainment of the pleasure of Allah as the ultimate objective of all of man’s endeavours. Moreover, by making the ‘pleasure of Allah’ the object of man’s life, unlimited possibilities are opened for man’s moral growth. Morality as it relates to our behaviour is important on three levels:
• It serves as the bridge that connects us with our Creator
• It ensures justice and harmony between individuals
• It promotes sharing and caring in society.
By setting Divine pleasure as the objective of man’s life, Islam has set the highest possible standard of morality providing boundless possibilities for the moral evolution of humanity.
“Good and evil are not equal – Repel (evil) with what is better…” (61:34) The Qur’an exhorts believers to foil hatred with love. This is the moral standard set by the Qur’an. The love and fear of Allah become the real motives, which impel man to obey the moral law without external pressures. Through belief in Allah and the Day of Judgment, we are motivated to behave morally with earnestness and sincerity.
(ﷺ) has said: “My Cherisher has ordered me to do nine things: To fear Him in public and in private; to speak justly both when happy and when angry; to be moderate in expenditure in times of affluence and poverty; to foster ties with those who severe them; to give to one who withholds from me; to forgive one who oppresses me; and that my silence should be a means of contemplation; my speech (should the) remembrance of Allah and that I should command people with doing good.” (Mishkaat)
The nine principles mentioned in this Hadith serve as the basis and benchmark for morality in Islam. They are:
1. To fear Allah in public and in private: To avoid false pretence in public and indecent behaviour in private.
2. To speak justly in times of happiness and anger: Emotion should not sway you to unfair rant in times of anger or to dishonest flattery in times of happiness.
3. To be moderate in expenditure in times of prosperity and poverty: Prosperity should not drive you to extravagance nor should poverty make you miserly.
4. To foster ties with those who severe them: Do not be a reactionary being that simply treats people as they treat him.
5. To give to those who hold back: Give not because they deserve but because you need to receive the Mercy of Allah.
6. To forgive those that wrong you: To forgive is the highest and most beautiful form of giving… not of your possessions but of yourself.
7. Spend moments of silence in reflection: Reflection is the tongue of the heart and the soul of the spirit.
8. Speak with the remembrance of Allah: Nothing can soften the hardness of the heart like the remembrance of Allah.
9. Command people to do good: Motivation creates confidence and confidence inspires change.
We can only infuse these nine teachings into our lives if we have sincerity of purpose. Our relationship with people should not be based on their relationship with us but on our relationship with Allah. The power of intention helps us to rise above a secular relationship…a tit-for-tat relationship where you do good only if others do the same.
(ﷺ) said: “Do not be a people without a will of your own saying: If others treat us well we will also treat them well and if they do wrong we will (also) do wrong; but accustom yourselves to do good when people are good to you and do not do wrong if they do harm (to you).” (Tirmidhi)
An official delegation from the Lady Ridgeway Hospital visited the ACJU Head office for a special discussion with the some Members of the ACJU Executive Committee and the ACJU Social Services Division on the 22nd of February about a Building Construction project for the Hospital.
A special discussion on 'Vaccination' was held between the members of the ACJU Fatwa Committee and selected Doctors on the 23rd of February, which was organized by the ACJU Fatwa Division, at the ACJU Head office.
The ACJU Youth Division organized a program for youth on 'Understanding Life', which was conducted by the Ash Shaikh Arqam Nooramith, Secretary of the Division, on the 18th of February at Wellampitiya Zaras Garden Masjid.
On the same day (18th Feb), another program was conducted for the Ulama and the youth, by the ACJU Youth Division at Avissawella.
A special meeting with the Muslim Women's Development Trust and some members of the ACJU Executive Committee on the subjects of 'Injustice faced by Muslim women in the Society and the Muslim Personal Law', was held on the 23rd of February at the ACJU Head office.
Spiritual motivation programs organized by the ACJU Education Division were conducted at:-
-Al Iqbal Maha Vidyalaya on 'Respecting Elders' on 22nd of February.
-Al Hamza Maha Vidyalaya on 'Good Companionship' on 23rd of February
A special Teachers' Training program for Ulama, conducted the by 'The Open University of Sri Lanka', organized by the ACJU Education Division, commenced on the 18th of February at AMYS, Colombo-09.
ACJU Hilaal Committee meeting was held on the 23rd of February at the ACJU Head office.
The 5th workshop session for Maktab Mudeers (principals) was conducted at the ACJU Head office on the 22nd of February, by the ACJU Maktab Division.
Narrated Abu Huraira (RadhiyAllahu Anhu):
Allah 's Apostle (ﷺ) said, "Treat women nicely, for a women is created from a rib, and the most curved portion of the rib is its upper portion, so, if you should try to straighten it, it will break, but if you leave it as it is, it will remain crooked. So treat women nicely."