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published: 2/1/05

Islamic Ethics

Ethics are the rules or standards that govern moral human behavior. Ethical systems are generally based on human reason, divine revelation, or some combination of the two. Islamic ethics are based primarily on the Qu'ran, the sacred text of Islam, and the Hadith, an authoritative collection of sayings attributed to the Prophet Muhammad. Ethical behavior is also governed by Sharia, or Islamic law, which has been developed by Muslim authorities over the centuries.

This section explores the general ethical views of Islam and its position on controversial social and ethical issues.


  • General Dos and Don'ts (commandments, precepts, laws)
  • Virtue and Character (compassion, love, patience, etc.)
  • Sex (sexuality, premarital sex, marital sex, adultery, homosexuality)
  • Marriage and Divorce
  • Women (feminism, roles in religion, roles in the home)
  • Drugs and Alcohol
  • Food and Physical Health
  • Money (poverty, wealth, greed, charity, business ethics)
  • Environment
  • Animals (vegetarianism, hunting, fur, testing)
  • Life (birth control, abortion, stem cell research)
  • War and Peace (pacifism, holy war, just war)
  • Death (homicide, suicide, euthanasia, organ donation)
  • Islamic Ethics Links
  • Islamic Ethics Bookstore
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