Week Two: Morality

Tahdhib
Morality for me is strictly linked with my religion. One does not exist without the other. I attended Islamic schools and part of the curriculum included a subject called Tahdhib. Tahdhib deals with morality, it defines the universal standard by which we can deem our actions as either bieng moral or immoral.

The Glorious Quraan States:
“It is not righteousness that ye turn your faces Towards east or West; but it is righteousness- to believe in Allah and the Last Day, and the Angels, and the Book, and the Messengers; to spend of your substance, out of love for Him, for your kin, for orphans, for the needy, for the wayfarer, for those who ask, and for the ransom of slaves; to be steadfast in prayer, and practice regular charity; to fulfil the contracts which ye have made; and to be firm and patient, in pain (or suffering) and adversity, and throughout all periods of panic. Such are the people of truth, the Allah-fearing.” [Al-Qur’an 2:177]
This verse implies that righteousness and piety is based on true and sincere faith, that virtue and good conduct comes from a strong realtion with God. Another principle within Islam is that God sees all, hears all and knows all, it can be said that Islam prescribes moral behaviors and that you could decieve people you cannot decieve God.

In professional practice, Morality plays a huge part in how we run your business and how you treat your patients.
When dealing with patients, treating them as equals is obviously the most moral thing to do, however more often that not many therapists do not do that. It is said that: “Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.” This tells us that judging someone is a very messy affair. I fell that treating each patient equally with respect is the best way to conduct yourself professionally, however when it comes to rapists or murders I find myself slightly conflicted. The moral codes ordained by God state that everyone should be treated equally but I wouldn’t want to treat someone who has taken the life of another. If I were to be placed in such a difficult situation, I can honestly say I wouldn’t know what to do. I would like to believe that I could go ahead and treat the patient but only time will will answer that question.

I don’t think that it is possible to perfectly ethical or moral, most humans are weak and sometimes they falter. We can only strive towards being better and try everyday to stick to the morals and belief we have set up for ourselves.

moralcompass

References:
1. Morality and Ethics In Islam. (2011) Retrieved on the 26th of August 2013, from http://www.whyislam.org/social-values-in-islam/morality-ethics-in-islam/

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2 thoughts on “Week Two: Morality

  1. Hi. Thanks for explaining a Quranic perspective. I find teaching classes with Muslim students quite tricky because of the gender separation thing. I feel I am placed in a position where I am practically unable to treat the female students equally. This is not optimal. Do you feel a similar tension treating either men or women as you would treating the other categories of people you mentioned?

  2. Hi Shuaib. Thanks for your honest post explaining your perspective but I’d like to ask a challenging question. If you believe that morality is informed by religion, does it follow that an atheist cannot be moral? Or, maybe someone who doesn’t believe in God derives their morality from something else, and that religion is simply the place where *yours* comes from. The reason I ask is because morality is one of those things that is informed by so many things, including religion, and which therefore can have many forms and many “correct” manifestations. What do you think?

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