By Dr A Q Khan
August 14, 2017
There are many edicts in the Holy Quran whereby humanity would benefit if they were applied conscientiously. Here are just a few:
Deal gently with people (3:159). Restrain anger and pardon all mankind (3:134). Be good to parents, kinsfolk, orphans, neighbours, the needy, strangers and the wayfarer (4:36). It is not for you to be arrogant because man is the meanest of creatures (7:13). Hold to forgiveness, command what is right and turn away from the ignorant (6). Speak mildly to people; perchance he may take warning (20:44). Be moderate, lower your voice, for the harshest of sounds is the braying of the donkey (8).
Let not some men among you laugh at others. It may be that the latter are better than the former (49:11). Be kind to you parents and say not a word of contempt to them (17:23). When you deal with others in transactions… reduce them to writing (2:28). If the debtor is in difficulty, grant him time till it is easy for him to repay; but if you remit it by way of charity, that is best for you (2:280).
Those who draw usury (exorbitant interest) will not stand except as one… driven to madness (2:275). Do not use your property as bait for the judges with the intent that you may wrongfully and knowingly eat up a little of other people’s property (2:188). Be steadfast in prayer and fulfil the contracts you have made (2:177). If one of you deposits a thing on trust with another, let the trustee faithfully discharge his trust (2:283). And cover not truth with falsehood, nor conceal the truth when you know it (2:42).
Stand out firmly for justice as witnesses to Allah, even if against yourselves or your parents (4:135). From what is left by parents... there is a share for man and a share for woman (4:7). There is a share for a woman, whether the property is small or large (4:7). Don’t eat up unjustly the property of orphans (25).
Concerning orphans, the best thing to do is what is for their good (2:220). If two parties among the believers fall into a quarrel, make peace between them (28). Avoid suspicion as much as possible, for suspicion in some cases is a sin; and spy not on each other nor speak ill of each other behind their backs (49:12). Conceal not evidence, for whoever conceals it, his heart is tainted with sin (2:283).
Spend in charity out of the substance (57:7). Give charity to those who are in need … (2:273). Don’t be a miser or extravagant (17:29). Destroy not your charity by talking of your generosity (2:264). Enjoin the right behaviour with people (2:44). Do not indulge in evil or mischief on earth (2:60). And who is more unjust than he who forbids people from worshiping in the places of Allah? (2:114). Fight in the cause of Allah with those who fight you, but do not transgress limits (2:190).
Let there be no compulsion in religion. Truth stands out clearly from falsehood (2:256). Don’t commit adultery for it is a shameful and evil act (17:32). On no soul does Allah place a burden greater than he or she can bear (2:286). Stay together and try not to be divided among yourselves (3:103).
Contemplate the wonders of the creation in the heavens and on the earth (3:191). Allah Almighty shall never ignore the work of any man or woman (3:195). Prohibited to you for marriage are your near blood relatives (4:23). Never should a believer kill a believer (4:92).
Help not one another in transgression, sin and rancour. Fear Allah (5:2). Help one another in good deeds and piety (5:2). Stand out firmly for Allah and witnesses to fair dealings and let not the hatred of others swerve you to depart from justice (5:8). Dead meat, blood, the flesh of swine and some other things are prohibited (5:3). Intoxicants are an abomination (5:90). Gambling is prohibited (5:90). Don’t revile those whom they call upon besides Allah lest they, out of spite, revile Allah (6:108).
O children of Adam (pbuh), wear your beautiful apparel at every time and place of prayer: eat and drink, but waste not by excess (7:31). If one among the pagans asks you for asylum, grant it to him so that he may hear the word of Allah (9:6). Allah loves those who make themselves pure (9:108). Never give up hope of Allah’s mercy as only kafirs despair of Allah’s mercy (12:87). For those who do wrong in ignorance, Allah is forgiving and most merciful (16:119). Invite all to the way of Allah with wisdom and with beautiful and gracious preaching (16:125).
None can bear the burden of another’s sins (17:15). Kill not your children for fear of want. It is a great sin (17:31). Avoid vain talk (23:3). Walk on earth with humility (25:63). Approach not men and practice wickedness (29:29). Establish regular prayers, enjoin what is just and forbid what is wrong (31:17). Walk not in insolence for Allah loves not any arrogant boaster (31:18). And make not a dazzling display of jewellery (33:33). Despair not of the mercy and kindness of Allah (39.53). Repel evil with what is better (41:34).
The most honoured of you in the sight of Allah is he who is the most righteous of you (49:13). Allah will raise up to suitable ranks those of you who have been granted knowledge (58:11).
Allah orders you to deal kindly and justly with non-believers (60:8). Fear Allah, obey him and spend in charity (64:16).
If we follow the edicts of the Almighty, He will reward us with kindness and other bounties.