Explanation of Ethics – Ethic of Sound Mind

What are ethics?

Earlier: Explanation of Ethics – Ethic of Respect for Life and Health Care

Ethic of sound mind

An equal, if not greater, emphasis was placed on mental health since preservation of sound mind is among the foundational principles of Islam’s ethical code. Any substance abuse which interferes with the normal functioning of the mind is a greater violation of the ethical code for it amounts to self-inflicted loss of personal dignity and of the ability to fulfill one’s responsibility to oneself, to one’s family and to society.

AKDN An Ethical Framework (IIS London)

“Our belief is that the thing which separates man from the animals is his power of thought. Anything that impedes this process is wrong. Therefore alcohol is forbidden. I have never touched alcohol. But this, to me, is not a puritan prohibition. I don’t want to drink. I’ve never wanted to drink. There’s no pressure being placed on me by my religion.”

His Highness the Aga Khan – Interview with The Sunday Times, Weekly Review, London, United Kingdom, December 12, 1965

“Wealth and power are not objectives in themselves, but are to be used in the service of others… Those whom life has marginalised are to be helped… to free themselves from their constraints… Anything to do with drugs is to be rigorously avoided.”

Mawlana Hazar Imam, September 29, 1998, Ishkoshim, Afghan-Tajik border, Press Release

Next: Explanation of Ethics – Ethic of Sustainable Environment: Physical, Social and Cultural


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