“And indeed, you are of a great moral character.” (68:4)
Islam is a righteous religion that saved humanity since long ago. That is why the importance of moral values in Islam is high, seeing that Muhammad (peace be upon him) was sent to a messy community who doesn’t worship Allah, only to guide them and bring them back to the right path.
Here are the importance of moral values in Islam:
1. Showing the True Character of a Muslim
Muslim bears the identity of Islam, so that having a good morality is a must for them. Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) as the Messenger of Allah was sent to fixed the Makkah people who lived without any good morality. Also read Ways To Earn Good Deeds In Islam
“I was sent to perfect the noble qualities of character.” (Ahmad)
2. A Key to Enter Paradise
Entering the Jannah is a dream for every Muslim. They do anything necessary so that their path to Jannah can be easier. However, having a good character is also a key to enter it.
Someone once asked the Prophet (peace be upon him) what deed would lead a man to paradise, and he answered: “Piety and good conduct.”
3. Defining the Rank of a Muslim
Every Muslim is equal in front of Allah SWT. If there are anything to tell them apart is only their character and iman. Whoever have a good character is the closest to Allah SWT. Also read Importance of Faith in Islam
“The dearest and nearest among you to me on the Day of Resurrection will be the one who is the best in conduct…” (Ibn An-Najjaar)
4. The Biggest Help for a Muslim
On the Judgment Day, a everyone stands on their own. Nothing could help him but the deeds and moral he had while he lived.
“The Day whereon neither wealth nor sons will avail, but only he (will prosper) that brings to Allah a sound heart” (26:88-89)
5. As a Part of Faith
If we have declared ourselves as a believer, then we must show it. Allah SWT clearly commanded all Muslims through the Holy Quran and His Messenger (peace be upon him) to possess a good character and hold on to the best moral values in their lives. Also read Importance of Aqeedah in Islam
“The believers most perfect in faith are those best in character.” (Tirmidhi)
6. As a Helper in the Judgment Day
Allah SWT loves those who possess a good behavior, especially Muslims who follow the path and sunnah of the Prophet (peace be upon him). A good behavior is so heavy that it will come as a big help.
“The heaviest thing to be placed in the balance of a believing slave on the Day of Judgement will be good behavior. And Allah hates the one who uses bad language.” (Al-Bayhaqi)
7. Perfect Quality of a Muslim
The perfect example of a good Muslim is surely the Prophet (peace be upon him) himself. But a mere human will be nowhere close to him. Even so, having a good moral values is a perfect quality that a Muslim should have. Also read How to Increase Iman in Islam
“The most perfect man in his faith, among the believers, is the one whose behavior is the most excellent; and the best of you are those who are the best to their wives.” (Ahmad)
8. One of Basic Principles of Islam
Moral values lies within many of the basic principles in Islam. It defines the rank of a Muslim, as well as a help for a Muslim on the Judgement Day as well as in the Hereafter.
9. Defining Islam’s Identity
If there are anything that tells Islam apart from others, it would be a good moral value. It manifested by a Muslim’s character and builds the image of Islam to the world. Also read Basic Principles in Islam
10. Essence of Worship in Islam
Doing prayer, fasting, doing charity, etc is a form of worship in Islam. Moral values is the essence of worship itself, since upon worshiping Allah SWT someone requires a good character and morals.
“And establish prayer. Indeed, prayer prohibits immorality and wrongdoing.” (26:45)
The Best Moral Values in Islam
Moral values in Islam has defined by Allah SWT in several forms of action.
“(They are) those who are patient, those who are true, and obedient with sincere devotion in worship to Allah and those who spend (their wealth as Zakat and alms) and those who pray and beg Allah’s Pardon in the last hours of night.” (3:17)
Here are among the best moral values a Muslim should have:
- Worshiping Allah SWT Obediently
Worshiping Allah SWT is the main obligation of a Muslim. It is included five times prayer a day, paying zakat, as well as other kind of worship. Whenever we worship Allah, we must bear in heart that we seek for his pleasure and blessing.
- Having Patience
The importance of moral values in Islam is to build a good character in a Muslim, one of those being patience. By having patience, we will be able to endure the hardship of life without losing our belief to Allah SWT.
- Doing Good Deed in the Name of Allah
Allah SWT encourages us to share our wealth with others through zakat. It should be performed in the name of Allah, with purpose to seek for His blessing only.
It is clear that the importance of moral values in Islam is to define the real character of a Muslim. As a good Muslim, we must stick to those values so that we will be able to build a strong behavior as shown by Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).