Explanation of Ethics – Social Conscience of Islam

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Earlier: Explanation of Ethics – Ethic of inclusiveness

“And now let me address the issue of pluralism in society. Human genius is found in its variety which is the work of Allah. Harnessing that genius to the fullest should be one of the goals of all modern societies and nations in addition to mobilizing creative capacity from all segments of society.”

Address by Mawlana Hazar Imam to the Assembly during the visit to Dushanbe, Tajikistan September 24, 1998

“The Aga Khan Development Network is a family of private, non-denominational, international development agencies created by the Ismaili Imamat as a contemporary endeavour to realize the social conscience of Islam. It works in countries in East and West Africa, Central and South Asia and other parts of the world to improve the lives of all the people in the project areas irrespective of their gender, ethnicity or religious affiliations.”

Address by Mawlana Hazar Imam to the Assembly during the visit to Dushanbe, Tajikistan September 24, 1998

“For many of my generation, the greatest technological miracle of this century has been sending men into space, and a remark made by an astronaut on one of the first flights in space has always remained in my mind. Looking down upon the earth he had just left he has said emotionally, “It’s one world.” He was not a Muslim. But this remark substantiated two fundamental aspects of our faith: the limitlessness of God’s power and the brotherhood of man.”

Mawlana Hazar Imam, Acceptance of the Charter of Aga Khan University, Karachi, Pakistan, March 16, 1983

“There are those who enter the world in such poverty that they are deprived of both the means and the motivation to improve their lot. Unless they can be touched with the spark of individual enterprise, they will only sink into apathy, degradation, and despair. It is for us, who are more fortunate, to provide that spark.”

Mawlana Hazar Imam, Aiglemont, France, January 1967

“The voluntary sector represents, and can develop, all that is finest in the human potential…. The opportunity exists to create…. an enabling environment to bring out the very best of the human potential. And this sector has a tendency to follow a “charity” approach rather than directing itself to the major developments and changes needed for the future.”

Mawlana Hazar Imam, Keynote Address, International Development Conference, Washington, D.C. March 18, 1987

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