Relationship between Pillars of Islam & development of excellent moral & character: Good Moral and Ethics are deeply rooted into Islamic Teachings, both in أصل الدين and فروع. The Prophet (ﷺ) said “I have been sent to perfect the noble qualities of character” [Muwatta Malik]. Islamic Shariah focuses heavily on Tazkiya Nafs (تزكية النفس – cleansing of inner self) and character building. This article attempts to explain 5 main Pillars of Islam and then relate them to Good Character building and Ethics. Five Pillars include Tawheed (Believe in Oneness of Allah), Salat (prayers), Zakat (Charity), Sawm (Fasting), and Hajj (Pilgrimage to Makkah).
Discusses fundamental principles behind Islamic civilization and understand ultimate goal of human being in light of Islamic principles. It then discusses that status of human in this universe to establish the link between Ethical code and our ultimate goal and purpose. It discusses the purpose of our existence, and our relationship with Universe and the creator of Universe, namely Allah (swt). It provides the historical background and purpose of our creation, and provides high level guideline of our objective and goals on this earth.
Discusses the aids, the helps and the means provided by Allah (swt) to meet those objectives and goals. It discusses the four stages of Human character development in Islam. It discuss the Fitra of human being, it discusses Islam as Deen of human nature (دين الفطرة), the Prophet Mohammad’s high moral standards, and concept of Purification of inner self (تزكية النفس) in Islam.
Establishes strong links of high moral standards and ethics to the Deen (System) of Islam. Briefly discusses main pillars of Islam. Including Tawheed (Believe in Oneness of Allah), Salah (prayers), Zakat (Charity), Sawn (Fasting), Hajj (Pilgrimage to Makkah) and their relationship with building good ethics, moral standards and character building. It explains the meaning of uttering words “la illah illa allah” and the responsibilities after a person proclaims shahada. It then further creates a clear connection between every pillar of Islam and its impact on our character, and how slowly these pillars transforms an ignorant person to highly personified and civilized human being.
We all know five Pillars of Islam, and now we have learned their importance and benefits. But how can we acquire these morals? What do we need to do to adapt to this way of living and attain same standard of ethics as our beloved Prophet (ﷺ). This section takes a look at structured methodology of achieving that goal. define a step by step path that can be followed to attain these high moral standards, and join a very elite club of remarkable people.