Significance of Islamic ethics in the Western Perspective

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Muhammad Waqas
Hafiz Muhammad Zaheer
Anam Saleem


Allah S.W.T. said: "And thou (standest) on an exalted standard of character" (68:4), and Prophet Muhammad said: "I have sent to achieve the culmination of high moral standards" (Bukhari, 2011). This statement's significance can only be established by comparing the Islamic code of ethics with other moral philosophies. On the other hand, the West has established its superiority over other nations, assuming that it has a dominant civilization, which is based on reason and scientific knowledge. Along with the Renaissance, the affairs whether they belong to an individual or society were gradually liberated from religion's grip and handed over to human intellect and consciousness. Religion was considered merely a matter of an individual, which can only fulfil a person's psychological needs. In contrast, intellect and wisdom were considered the only measures to resolve social problems and eliminate all types of conflicts and contradictions. In this scenario, the question is obvious, what are the basic parameters of "Right and Wrong" in ethics? Moreover, if they are compared with Islam's moral system, what would be the possible differences? This article provides a scholarly overview of the Western ethical philosophy and its social values and its comparison with Islamic moral values.

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Waqas, M., Hafiz Muhammad Zaheer, & Saleem, A. (2020). Significance of Islamic ethics in the Western Perspective. Pakistan Journal of Multidisciplinary Research, 1(2), 187-204. Retrieved from


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