The Straight Path and How to Follow It


The thrust is that man must be simply and truthful in his social relations.

God says:

Say: “Come, I shall recite what your Lord has forbidden to you”:

Do not affiliate anybody with Him in His divinity.

Be good to your mother and father.

Do not kill your kids for worry of need.

We shall present for you and for them.

Do not strategy shameful deeds, whether or not open or secret.

Do not take life which Allah has made sacred, besides in a simply trigger.

This He has enjoined upon you so that you could be mirror.

And don’t strategy the property of an orphan besides in the very best method till he comes of age.

And give full measure and weight with justice. We don’t burden anybody past his capability.

When you converse, be simply, although it’s towards a close to relative.

And fulfill the covenant of Allah. This He has enjoined so that you could be keep in mind.

This is My approach – the Straight approach. Follow it then and don’t comply with different paths; that can deviate you from His approach. This He has enjoined so that you could be worry Allah.

And don’t strategy the property of the orphan besides in the very best method till he attains his maturity, and provides full measure and weight with justice- We don’t impose on any soul an obligation besides to the extent of its capacity. (Al-An`am 6:151-152)

Exploitation of the weaker sections of society is a standard sight. The Qur’anic steering for following the ‘straight way’ covers this facet of social life as effectively. For the Qur’an forbids all types of usurpation or misappropriation of an orphan’s property.

The Qur’an goals at growing such righteousness amongst man that any depraved considered taking away an orphan’s belongings shouldn’t even cross one’s thoughts. For the Qur’an instructs that the guardian’s sole concern must be the safety and betterment of the orphan’s curiosity. He ought to take care of such orphans till they arrive of age and are ready to handle their very own affairs.

The Islamic stance on making certain the welfare of orphans has elicited the next tribute from a number one Western social scientist:

“One of probably the most commendable issues which one finds in studying the Qur’an is the solicitude which Muhammad (peace be upon him) exhibits for the younger, and particularly for equivalent to have been disadvantaged of their pure guardians. Again and once more, he insists upon sort and simply remedy being accorded to kids.

And working upon his phrases, the Muhammadan medical doctors have framed a system of guidelines in regards to the appointment and duties of guardians which is most full, and lengthening to probably the most minute particulars.” (Robert Roberts, Social Laws of the Quran, London, 1911)

The similar Qur’anic concern for extirpating injustice and for selling peace and cordial relations in society lies on the core of its different directives for performing with honesty and equity in enterprise transactions.

It goes with out saying that fraudulent commerce practices make man’s life depressing and breed a bunch of vices which tarnish man’s non secular and ethical well-being. Let it’s clarified that the directive for giving full measure and weight signifies uprightness on man’s half. Included in it, by implication, is the purpose that man must be conscientious in all that he does. For instance, he ought to carry out his responsibility effectively and never waste time.

Punctuality in responsibility is as necessary as precision in weight and measure. As a dealer is forbidden from dishonest prospects, an worker ought to faithfully serve his employer. The employer too, stands obliged to behave pretty in the direction of his workers. The Qur’anic worldview is all-inclusive.

It is just not restricted to the efficiency of compulsory prayers on time within the prescribed method. Rather, it seeks that the identical spirit of devotion to Allah, which permeates one’s prayer, also needs to be mirrored in each stroll of life, particularly in an individual’s dealings along with his fellow human beings.

It is just not due to this fact shocking to notice that many parts of the Straight Way, as embodied on this passage, relate to man’s social life, to not devotional theology. As a part of the identical stance, enterprise practices discover point out in clear phrases in that these have an effect on all members of society. The Qur’an insists that these be characterised by equity, transparency and justice.

After having prescribed this specific code of conduct and exhorted man to abide by it, failing which he’ll incur Allah’s wrath, the Qur’an comforts man additionally with an eye fixed on bolstering his morale.

It is noteworthy that on the conclusion of those commandments the Qur’an information the statement that Allah doesn’t burden man past his capability. Gifted with the quite a few colleges and potentials granted to him by Allah, man can simply comply with all these instructions.

The Qur’an has not set man some gigantic duties, that are past his capability to perform. The Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) and his Companions stood this check and carried out admirably what was anticipated of them.

It is just not due to this fact past our capability to emulate them. Implicit within the above assurance is the truth that Allah will condone any lapse on man’s half in pursuing the Straight Way, so long as his intention to look at these directives is pious and honest.

The Qur’anic exhortation to profess and practise justice in any respect prices is to the fore, as soon as once more, in its directive that man must be honest in his testimony. Evidently this directive is just not particular to the authorized sphere. The thrust is that man must be simply and truthful in his social relations. This level emerges on learning the above directive along with the next verses:

O Believers! Stand out firmly for justice, as witnesses to Allah, whilst towards yourselves, or your mother and father, or your kin, and whether or not it’s towards the wealthy or the poor. For Allah can greatest shield each. (An-Nisaa’ 4:135)

O Believers! Stand out firmly for Allah, as witnesses to honest dealing, and let not the hatred of others to you make you swerve to mistaken and depart from justice. Be simply. That is subsequent to piety and fearing Allah. For Allah is well-acquainted with all that you just do. (Al-Ma’idah 5:8)


The article is an excerpt from Abdur Raheem Kidwai’s ebook “The Qur’an: Essential Teachings”, revealed by the Islamic Foundation, 2005/1426 H.


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