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For The Believers, MORAL EXCELLENCE IS ENJOINED

 ALLAH GUIDES MANKIND TO ALL THAT IS RIGHTEOUS
[Qur’an - 17:9 – Asad] “VERILY, this Qur'an shows the way to all that is most upright, and gives the believers who do good deeds the glad tiding that theirs will be a great reward”

1. The FOUNDATIONS of Moral Excellence....................
[ALLAH’S Qur’an - 4:36 – Al-Muntakhab] “And worship Allah and do not incorporate with Him other deities, and commit your parents to your kind care and display to them and to the kindred who are related by blood and to the orphans a friendly and kind disposition. A similar disposition is extended to the poor and to the neighbour related or immediate, to the associate and to the wayfarer, and to those on-hand, whether they be captives or reduced to servile state. And do realize that Allah detests every boastful who exalts himself unduly and displays inordinate self-esteem”

Be Kind and Polite, Sincerely, Engagingly to all Beings at all times.............

2. When greeted, return the greeting with a better one...............
[Qur’an - 4:86 – Al-Muntakhab] “When you are greeted with words or gestures, acknowledge the greeting with a more courteous recognition or at least return the same formula; it is an obligation. Allah has always taken account of all things and all actions”

3. Call all To The Way of Thy Lord with wisdom................
[Qur’an - 16:125 – Yusuf Ali] “Invite (all) to the Way of thy Lord with wisdom and beautiful preaching; and argue with them in ways that are best and most gracious: for thy Lord knoweth best, who have strayed from His Path, and who receive guidance”

4. Speak to all the people, kindly, always...................
[Qur’an - 17:53 – Omar] “And say to My servants that they should speak only what is gracious, for satan (is keen to) provoke discord among them. Satan indeed is an enemy to the people, disuniting (one another).”

5. Repel Evil with Good....................
[Qur’an - 41:34 – Aisha Bewley] “A good action and a bad action are not the same. Repel the bad with something better and, if there is enmity between you and someone else, he will be like a bosom friend”

6. Do not be a Racist.....................
[Qur’an - 49:13 - Taqi Usmani] “People, We have created you all male and female and have made you nations and tribes so that you would recognize each other. The most honorable among you in the sight of God is the most pious of you. God is All-knowing and All-aware”

7. Do not be Arrogant......................
[Qur’an - 31:18 – Taqi Usmani] “and do not turn your cheek away from people, and do not walk on the earth haughtily. Surely, Allah does not like anyone who is arrogant, proud”

8. Walk humbly and lower your voice......................
[Qur’an - 31:19 – Umm Muhammad] “And be moderate in your pace and lower your voice; indeed, the most disagreeable of sounds is the voice of donkeys."

9. Respect your Parents..........................
[Qur’an - 17:23-24 – Wahiduddin Khan] “Your Lord has commanded that you should worship none but Him, and show kindness to your parents. If either or both of them attain old age with you, say no word of contempt to them and do not rebuke them, but always speak gently to them”

10. When addressed by the ignorant, reply Peace...............
[Qur’an - 25:63 – Umm Muhammad] “And the servants of the Most Merciful are those who walk upon the earth easily, and when the ignorant address them [harshly], they say [words of] peace”

11. Always say good words (be motivating, encouraging, positive)........
[Qur’an - 14:24-25 – Pickthall] “Have you not considered how Allah presents an example, [making] a good word like a good tree, whose root is firmly fixed and its branches [high] in the sky? Giving its fruit at every season by permission of its Lord? Allah coineth the similitudes for mankind in order that they may reflect”

12. Do not say bad words (do not be negative, critical, sarcastic)............
[Qur’an - 14:26 – Taqi Usmani] “And the parable of a bad word is like a bad tree, removed from the top of the soil, having no firm root”

13. Be Charitable and Forgiving.........................
[Qur’an - 3:134 – Pickthall] “Giving its fruit at every season by permission of its Lord? Allah coineth the similitudes for mankind in order that they may reflect”

14. Be Tolerant..................
[Qur’an - 2:256 – Shakir] “There is no compulsion in religion; truly the right way has become clearly distinct from error; therefore, whoever disbelieves in the Shaitan and believes in Allah he indeed has laid hold on the firmest handle, which shall not break off, and Allah is Hearing, Knowing”

15. Refrain from, deriding, insulting, name calling...................
[Qur’an - 49:11 – Pickthall] “O ye who believe! Let not a folk deride a folk who may be better than they (are), not let women (deride) women who may be better than they are; neither defame one another, nor insult one another by nicknames. Bad is the name of lewdness after faith. And whoso turneth not in repentance, such are evil-doers”

16. Do not curse or insult Idolators..................................
[Qur’an - 6:108 – Umm Muhammad] “And do not insult those they invoke other than Allah , lest they insult Allah in enmity without knowledge. Thus We have made pleasing to every community their deeds. Then to their Lord is their return, and He will inform them about what they used to do”

17. Do not Backbite....................
[Qur’an - 49:12 – Taqi Usmani] “O you who believe, abstain from many of the suspicions. Some suspicions are sins. And do not be curious (to find out faults of others), and do not backbite one another. Does one of you like that he eats the flesh of his dead brother? You would abhor it. And fear Allah. Surely Allah is Most-Relenting, Very-Merciful”

18. Verify before Belief.........................
[Qur’an - 49:6 – Yusuf Ali] “O ye who believe! If a wicked person comes to you with any news, ascertain the truth, lest ye harm people unwittingly, and afterwards become full of repentance for what ye have done”

19. Respect Human Rights, irrespective of religion, race, gender..............
[Qur’an - 17:70 – Amatul Rahman Omar] “And most surely We have made the Children of Adam greatly honoured and have carried them over land and sea, and We have provided them with good and pure things and have distinctly exalted them far above most of Our creation”

20. Be Pertinent, always......................
[Qur’an - 33:70 – Pickthall] “O ye who believe! Guard your duty to Allah, and speak words straight to the point”

21. Speak Kindly to Mankind.......................
[Qur’an - 2:83 – Amatul Rahman Omar] “..........and you shall speak kindly to all people...............”

22. Refrain from Idol worship and never tell lies.......................
[Qur’an - 22:30 – Taqi Usmani] “So refrain from the filth of the idols and refrain from a word of falsehood”

23. Neither Cloak nor Conceal the Truth.................
[Qur’an - 2:42 – Hamid Aziz] “Cloak not truth with vanity and falsehood, nor knowingly hide the truth”

24. Say with your mouth, what is in your heart.............
[Qur’an - 3:167 – Umm Muhammad] “.............. They were nearer to disbelief that day than to faith, saying with their mouths what was not in their hearts. And Allah is most Knowing of what they conceal”

25. Say words of Kindness and Justice to the Wards.......
[Qur’an - 4:5 – Yusuf Ali] “...........and speak to them words of kindness and justice.”

26. Always Be Just..............................
[Qur’an - 6:152 – Daryabadi] “and when ye speak, be fair, even though it be against a kinsman; and the covenant of Allah fulfil.”

27. Shun vain Conversation...........................
[Qur’an - 23:3 – Pickthall] “And who shun vain conversation,”

28. Never bear False Witness...........................
[Qur’an - 25:72 – Asad] “And [know that true servants of God are only] those who never bear witness to what is false,”

29. Do not commit any shameful deeds, covert or overt.................
[Qur’an - 6:151 – Asad] “............and do not commit any shameful deeds, be they open or secret;”

30. Lower your gazes and be modest...................
[Qur’an - 24:30 – Pickthall] “..............Tell the believing men to lower their gaze and be modest............”

31. Refrain from expressing opinions, without knowledge.............
[Qur’an - 24:15-16 – Asad ] “...........uttering with your mouths something of which you have no knowledge................”

32. Follow not of which you have no knowledge.............
[Qur’an - 17:36 – Ali Unal] “............follow that of which you have no knowledge (whether it is good or bad), and refrain from groundless assertions.........]

33. Never consider yourself to be superior in knowledge................
[Qur’an - 17:26 – Amatul Rahman Omar] “..........And over and above every possessor of knowledge there is One (Almighty Allah), Who is All Knowing.”

34. Remember, you are a brother to every believer...................
[Qur’an - 49:10 – Yusuf Ali] “The Believers are but a single Brotherhood:.......”

35. Do not mock, defame or insult others.................
[Qur’an - 49:11 – Asad] “...........No men shall deride [other] men: it may well be that those [whom they deride] are better than themselves; and no women [shall deride other] women: it may well be that those [whom they deride] are better than themselves. And neither shall you defame one another, nor insult one another by [opprobrious] epithets.......”

36. Do not Backbite, avoid suspicion and spying........................
[Qur’an - 49:12 – Hamid Aziz] “............Avoid most of suspicion, for surely suspicion in some cases is a sin, and do not spy nor let some of you backbite others”

37. When ever you enter you own home or the permitted homes, offer a Blessed Greeting...................
[Qur’an - 24:61 – Pickthall] “.............But when ye enter houses, salute one another with a greeting from Allah, blessed and sweet. Thus Allah maketh clear His revelations for you, that haply ye may understand.”

38. Do not enter other people’s houses without permission.............
[Qur’an - 24:27 – Farooq Malik] “O believers! Do not enter houses other than your own until you have sought permission and said greetings of peace to the occupants................”

39. Do not Bragg or Boast about your generosity....................
[Qur’an - 2:262 – Aisha Bewley] “Those who spend their wealth in the Way of Allah, and then do not follow what they have spent by demands for gratitude or insulting words will have their reward with their Lord”

40. Help others for The Sake of ALLAH and expect not any gratitude.....
[Qur’an - 76:9 – Shakir] “We only feed you for Allah's sake; we desire from you neither reward nor thanks:”

41. Help each other in Righteousness and Piety and not sin and transgression......................
[Qur’an - 5:2 – Daryabadi] “.............Assist each other to virtue and piety, and assist not each other to sin and transgression..........”

42. Do not indulge in self-proclaimed piety...................
[Qur’an - 53:32 – Al-Muntakhab] “...........therefore justify not yourselves before him; He knows best those whose hearts are impressed with the image of virtues and whose deeds with wisdom and piety.”

43. Practice what you preach........................
[Qur’an - 2:44 – Amatul Rahman Omar] “How is it that you enjoin others to do good and neglect your ownselves while you recite the Scripture?............”

44. Save yourself and your families from fire.................
[Qur’an - 66:6 – Taqi Usmani] “........save yourselves and your families from a fire, the fuel of which is human beings and stones,............”

45. Control your anger and be forgiving.................
[Qur’an - 3:134 – Pickthall] “........... those who control their wrath and are forgiving toward mankind; Allah loveth the good;.............”

46. Withdraw from those who have lost respect for the religion.............
[Qur’an - 6:70 – Yusuf Ali] “Leave alone those who take their religion to be mere play and amusement,.............”

47. Sit not in the company of those who defy Allah’s Messages.............
[Qur’an - 4:140 – Yusuf Ali] “.....when ye hear the signs of Allah held in defiance and ridicule, ye are not to sit with them unless they turn to a different theme:....................”

48. Be Accommodating.............
[Qur’an - 58:11 – Farooq Malik] “When you are asked to make room in your meetings, make room, Allah will make room for you in the Hereafter.”

49. Be Punctual and considerate...................
[Qur’an - 33:53 – Asad] “............whenever you are invited, enter [at the proper time]; and when you have partaken of the meal, disperse without lingering for the sake of mere talk:...........”

50. Eat and drink [what is lawful] in moderation........................
[Qur’an - 7:31 – Munir Munshey] “Eat and drink but do not waste. In fact, He does not like those who are wasteful.”

51. Be not Envious or Jealous......................
[Qur’an - 16:90 –- Asad] “..........He forbids all that is shameful and all that runs counter to reason, as well as envy;.............”

52. Do not be extravagant, wasteful..............
[Qur’an - 17:26 – Asad] “ but do not squander [thy substance] senselessly”

53. Keep your word – Fulfil all promises...............
[Qur’an - 17:34 – Asad] “And be true to every promise...........”

54. Be Clean – at all times....................
[Qur’an- 5:6 – Yusuf Ali] “Allah doth not wish to place you in a difficulty, but to make you clean, and to complete his favour to you, that ye may be grateful.”

55. Best garment (attire), the garment of Piety............
[Qur’an - 7:26 – Asad] “ but the garment of God-consciousness is the best of all.”

56. Seek thy Provision from ALLAH alone............
[Qur’an - 29:17 – Pickthall] “seek your provision from Allah, and serve Him, and give thanks unto Him, (for) unto Him ye will be brought back.”

57. Do not devour what belongs to others..................
[Qur’an - 2:188 – Asad] “AND DEVOUR NOT one another's possessions wrongfully, and neither employ legal artifices with a view to devouring sinfully, and knowingly, anything that by right belongs to others.”


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