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Islam

Step 4: Living righteously.

Principle: Courage

Righteousness, as taught in the Qur'an, is a commitment to acting in accordance with the will of Allah. Specifically, it means living one's life from a deep sense of justice, equality and fairness. It encompasses a generosity of spirit and deeds, reaching out to those in need, maintaining one's inner strength to stand firm against the powers of evil, and carefully fulfilling one's duty each day. It is obedience to the Law of Islam.

Text or Verse

We sent before you none (as apostles) but men,
to whom We sent revelations.
In case you are unaware, enquire
of those who are keepers of the Oracles of God.
We had sent them with miracles and Books;
and We have sent to you this Reminder
so that you may explain distinctly to men
what was sent down to them:
They may haply reflect.
The Qur'an 16:43-44

Believers,
if an evil-doer brings you a piece of news inquire first into its truth,
lest you should wrong others unwittingly and then regret your action.

Do not follow what you do not know.
Human eyes, ears, and heart -
each of these senses can be closely questioned.
Suras of Mecca

Practice

Practices related to the pursuit of righteousness are study, teaching and scholarly pursuit of the writings and laws. Tafsir, which is commentary on the Qur'an, uses one verse of the Qur'an to interpret another. Hadith are the collections of Muhammad's sayings and are regarded by all traditional schools of jurisprudence as important tools for determining the Muslim way of life. Hafiz is one who memorizes the Qur'an.

Resources

IMAN, Iranian Muslim Organization of North America (go to Links menu to connect to the web site)

IMAAM Indonesian Muslim Association in America (go to Links menu to connect to the web site)

Islamic Center of America (go to Links menu to connect to the web site)

Islamic Foundation (go to Links menu to connect to the web site)

Nation of Islam Study Center (go to Links menu to connect to the web site)

Qur'an (to order) - Islamic Discovery (go to Links menu to connect to the web site)

U.S. Organization of Islam (go to Links menu to connect to the web site)

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