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Ethics and Business Dealings in Islam

Ethics and Business Dealings in Islam

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Business dealings in Islam are not simply a matter of getting ahead in this world. They are not cutthroat competition or taking advantage of others. Instead, they are based on a very strong ethical basis. A Muslim realizes that every business transaction is a question of morals and ethics. 

A Muslim vis-à-vis Wealth and Property

A Muslim vis-à-vis Wealth and Property

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In Islam, wealth is not considered an evil. Wealth is a bounty that Allah bestows upon individuals. It is definitely not evil nor even a necessary evil, as some other religions teach. In fact, protecting and safeguarding wealth is one of the goals of the Sharee’ah. Hence, people are encouraged to engage in earning a livelihood and accumulating wealth. 

A Muslim vis-à-vis Society as a Whole

A Muslim vis-à-vis Society as a Whole

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When a Muslim accepts to live in a certain society, he is, in essence, making a pact that with that country that he will abide by the laws of that state. He does not have the right to violate the laws of that state simply because he is a Muslim and the state is not an Islamic state. 

A Muslim vis-à-vis Non-Muslims

A Muslim vis-à-vis Non-Muslims

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Obviously, Muslims and non-Muslims are following very different paths. A Muslim’s life revolves entirely around the proper belief in God. A Muslim’s attitude toward others is likewise determined by the other’s attitude toward God.

A Muslim vis-à-vis Other Muslims

A Muslim vis-à-vis Other Muslims

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if Islam is truly applied, a Muslim will be a brother/sister to all the Muslims in the world and would do nothing but good toward them and would expect nothing but good in return from them. 

A Muslim vis-à-vis His/Her Neighbors

A Muslim vis-à-vis His/Her Neighbors

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One should demonstrate goodness towards one’s neighbor by: helping them when they seek help, assisting them if they seek assistance, visiting them when they fall ill, congratulating them if something pleasing occurs to them, giving them condolences upon afflictions, and not harming them by letting one’s trash onto their property or in front of their household.

A Muslim vis-à-vis His/Her Children

A Muslim vis-à-vis His/Her Children

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Muslim scholars consider that the rights of children appear long before they are even conceived via the selection of a pious and righteous spouse. This will be the first step in providing a good household and environment for the child. 

The Rights of a Husband and a Wife

The Rights of a Husband and a Wife

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The first thing that every married person must realize that one’s spouse is first and foremost another Muslim. He/she is one’s brother/sister in Islam. Therefore, all the rights that fall upon a Muslim due to the general brotherhood of Islam are also due to one’s spouse. 

Whom One Can Wed

Whom One Can Wed

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One important issue is that of marrying men or women who are not chaste. There is a difference of opinion among the scholars over whether or not it is allowed to marry a woman whom one knows to be a fornicatress.

A Muslim vis-à-vis His/Her Spouse

A Muslim vis-à-vis His/Her Spouse

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Marriage is a very important institution in Islam. The family is the nuc-leus for society as a whole. If the family is on a sound foundation, it is more likely that society as a whole will be in a good state. Thus, in general, the messengers of God, the prime examples for humans, adhered to this institution of marriage.

A Muslim vis-à-vis His/Her Parents

A Muslim vis-à-vis His/Her Parents

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Allah has demanded that Muslims treat their parents in the best possible fashion. Muslims must be grateful people. They must be grateful to Allah and to all who do them well. After Allah, there is perhaps no one who deserves a person’s gratitude more than his parents.

A New Life

A New Life

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Have you seen the light? Have you followed it? Do you feel that you have a new heart; a new soul that has replaced your old one that was overburdened with life problems? Have you cast a glance on your past life? Do you feel that you are at a crossroads?

Muslim's new life

Muslim's new life

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These are some recommendations to you, guided one. The Almighty has brought you from darkness to the light and blessed you with a new birth. So, listen to them and ponder on their meanings. Seek Allah's help to live according to them to enjoy your new life just like the Almighty has willed for you to live.

Advice to new Muslims

Advice to new Muslims

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Advice to new Muslims: stay away from debates and arguments, focus on learning Islam, take it slow, and join your community mosque

Advice to new Muslims

Advice to new Muslims

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Advice to new Muslims: avoid extremism, find a teacher and mentor, practice Islam as much as you can, and respect your parents