The Secret Beyond Matter

The beauties in societies that live by the Qur'an's morality

In order to understand the beauties that people will enjoy in a society ruled by Qur'an's values, one needs to analyze the corruption found in societies that follow other values. In such societies, people are vulnerable to all forms of immorality. Devout believers avoid immorality because they heed and are conscious of Allah, acknowledge that He knows whatever they try to conceal, and are aware that they will have to account for their deeds on the Day of Judgment. Thus, they do not engage in any immoral behavior, commit fraud or murder, take bribes, and so on.

But the unbelievers can indulge in such vices with ease. Since they have no fear or awareness of Allah, they have no motive to acquire a good attitude and thoughts or to urge themselves to follow their conscience. In an unbelieving society, all forms of immorality can be considered legitimate depending on the conditions because its people have arrogated to themselves the power to decide what is right and what is wrong. However, the believers never swerve from justice, tolerance, patience, honesty, and moral excellence. Allah describes such people as follows:

Those who fulfill Allah's contract and do not break their agreement; those who join what Allah has commanded to be joined, stand in awe of their Lord, and fear an evil Reckoning; those who are steadfast in seeking the face of their Lord, establish prayer, give from the provision We have given them, both secretly and openly, and stave off evil with good—they will have the Ultimate Abode. (Surat ar-Ra'd: 20-22)

The pervasive spread of immorality and degradation is the most telling attribute in societies that are far from the Qur'an's morality. In such societies, family and business life, politics, and human relations undergo rapid degeneration, for a life devoid of fear and consciousness of Allah sees no rules or limits. In this kind of life, the self's pleasures and ambitions see no limits.

A natural consequence of degeneration, namely, the degeneration of the family structure, which is the basic unit of all societies, is the destruction of society as a whole. Feelings of respect, love, and compassion are replaced by selfish desires; people start to pursue nothing but their own interests and violate others' rights. Nobody helps the needy, and the well-off seek only to hoard all they can, and harbor no humane values.

In a society made up of believers, however, helping people or making sacrifices display a believer's morality, which is praised by and recommended in the Qur'an. Muslims give to the needy and, in return, expect only Allah's reward:

Those who recite the Book of Allah, establish prayer, and give of what We have provided for them, secretly and openly, hope for a transaction that will not prove profitless. (Surah Fatir: 29)

In societies that are far removed from the Qur'an's morality, nobody thinks about the good, comfort, security, and health of anybody else. Selfish desires guide people's decisions, for the goal is always to earn and possess more. Such people feign ignorance about what is going around them, and it never occurs to them that they should try not to be so wasteful or to help those who are starving or facing other difficulties. When they make unjust gains or attempt to achieve wealth through plunder, they see the plight of those who suffer from the consequences of this process, and yet are not moved by such people's misery. People treat one another well only if they can perceive that it is somehow in their interest to do so.

Failure to embrace the Qur'an's values accounts for theft, bribery, suicide, abuse, and social injustice. Only people endowed with the moral values of the Qur’an behave justly under all circumstances, constantly do good deeds, and seek Allah's good pleasure and the eternal life of the Hereafter. Furthermore, in a society made up of such morally excellent people, justice penetrates every sphere of life.

2010-05-01 16:33:34

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