Explanation of Ethics – Ethic of inclusiveness

What are ethics?

Earlier: Explanation of Ethics – Islam’s Message

Ethic of inclusiveness

Islam has an inclusive vision of society. The divine spark that bestows individuality also bonds individuals in a common humanity. Humankind, says the Quran, has been created from a single soul, as male and female, as communities and nations, so that people may know one another. It invites people of all faiths to a common platform, to vie for goodness. The Prophet sought to harness individual and group differences, and talents to serve common needs of different religious groups. The Prophet encouraged a spirit of harmony and toleration amongst the various groups as components of a larger community.

— Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) An ethical Framework (IIS London)

“We have much to build with. A common Abrahamic, monotheistic tradition. Common ethical principles, founded on shared human values. Common problems of yesterday resolved together. Common challenges of tomorrow that we can best face together.”

Mawlana Hazar Imam, Baccalaureate Address, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, USA, May 26, 1996

“My role, first of all, is to interpret and integrate the faith with worldly life. A faith which, for us Muslims, is not separate from our daily existence. Our duty dictates that we must try to help our fellow man. My function also leads me to attempt to ameliorate the quality of life of all classes of society and to manage, based on economic and social plans, the institutional sectors of the Imamat…”

Mawlana Hazar Imam, Interview with Paris Match Magazine, Paris, France, December 28, 1995

“This far flung community is characterized despite geographical distances, by its coherence and organization, by its unwavering progressiveness, and by its universal commitment to the welfare of the less fortunate…The Ismaili community is noteworthy also for its tradition, deeply embedded in its values and in its very ethos, of the individual voluntarily donating his or her time, effort, intellect, and material resources in the service of others.”

Prince Amyn, Lisbon, Portugal, February 1996

Mankind! We created


You from a single (pair)


Of a male and a female,


And made you into


Nations and tribes, that


Ye may know each other


(Not that ye may despise


Each other). Verily


The most honoured of you


In the sight of God


Is (he who is) the most


Righteous of you;


And God has full knowledge


And is well acquainted


(With all things).

The Holy Quran 49:13

Next: Explanation of Ethics – Social Conscience of Islam


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