Haw to build a healthy society?
Indeed, Allah orders justice and good conduct and giving to relatives and He forbids immorality and bad conduct and oppression. He admonishes you that perhaps you will be reminded.
(Surah 16.An-Nahl, Verse – 90)
Dear brothers and sisters,
In this brief verse, Allah has ordered three most important things on which alone depends the establishment of a sound and healthy society. The first of these is justice. It is the most important moral and political basement of a society. The second thing enjoined is ‘Ihsan’ which means to be good, generous, sympathetic, tolerant, forgiving, polite, cooperative, and selfless. Justice is the foundation of a sound society but ‘Ihsan’ is its perfection. On the one hand, justice protects society from bitterness and violation of rights. On the other hand, ‘Ihsan’ makes it sweet and joyful and worth living. The third thing which has been enjoined is good treatment towards one’s relatives which in fact is a specific form of ‘Ihsan’. It means that one should not only treat his relatives well, share their sorrows and pleasures and help them within lawful limits but should also share his wealth with them according to his means and the need of each relative.
In contrast to the above mentioned three virtues, Allah prohibits three vices which ruin individuals and the society as a whole. The first of these is ‘Fahsha’ which applies to all those things that are immodest, immoral or obscene or nasty or dirty or vulgar, e.g. adultery, fornication, homosexuality, nakedness, nudity, theft, robbery, drinking, gambling, begging, abusive language, naked pictures, public appearance of womenfolk with indecent makeup, free mixing of sexes, dancing and the like. The second thing is ‘Munkar’ which applies to all those evils which have always been universally regarded as evils and have been forbidden by all divine systems of law. And the third thing ‘Baghy’ which applies to those vices that transgress the proper limits of decency and violate the rights of others, whether those of the Creator or His creation. So, to build a healthy society, we should do what Allah ordered, and we should give up what Allah forbidden.
Jobayer Al Mahmud
Student, Uludag University, Bursa, Turkey