the ahl ul-bayt ; ethical role-models


chapter1


introduction

in the name of allah, the comp ionate, the merciful

peace and blessings be upon mohammed and his pure immaculate family

ethics is the discipline concerned with what is morally good and bad, right and wrong. it occupies a remarkable position among the other disciplines because of its significant subject and high principle. the noble traits are the only means that achieves the high senses of humanity and perfection. the bad manners, on the other hand, deform man and line him up with beasts.

not only do moralities have influence on individuals, but also they creep into nations to reflect their modes of life and levels of development or retraction. many historical events have proved that moral corruption has been the destructive axe that ruined civilizations.

as a proof of the significance of morality is that prophet mohammed (s) [1] considered morality as the aim of his divine mission: he (a) said:

i was appointed for prophethood so that i may accomplish moral perfection.

this is the very purpose at which ethics aims through its regulations and standards that discipline the individuals consciences, rectify their moralities, and guide to the reputable conduct and ideal behavior.



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