In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful
Peace and blessings be upon Mohammed and his pure immaculate family
Ethics is the discipline concerned with what is morally good and bad, right and wrong. It occupies a remarkable position among the other disciplines because of its significant subject and high principle. The noble traits are the only means that achieves the high senses of humanity and perfection. The bad manners, on the other hand, deform man and line him up with beasts.
Not only do moralities have influence on individuals, but also they creep into nations to reflect their modes of life and levels of development or retraction. Many historical events have proved that moral corruption has been the destructive axe that ruined civilizations.
As a proof of the significance of morality is that Prophet Mohammed (s) considered morality as the aim of his Divine mission: He (a) said:
“I was appointed for prophethood so that I may accomplish moral perfection.”
This is the very purpose at which ethics aims through its regulations and standards that discipline the individuals’ consciences, rectify their moralities, and guide to the reputable conduct and ideal behavior.
The courses of ethical researches vary among the past and present scholars. Some go beyond the limits to make the matter dull and inapplicable. Others subjugate it to their personal traditions, surroundings, and habits to divest it of the traits of perfection. This in fact makes such courses different and unfit to be the immortal ethical constitution for humankind.
Thorough comparative studies, it is clearly noticeable that the best course in this regard is the Islamic that is taken from the holy Quran and the moralities of the The Ahl ul-Bayt (a). This course is characterized by moderation, genuineness of principal, and suitableness to the different ages and ideas. Because of its distinctive features, it is the one and only course that takes people, on both levels of individuals and communities, towards ethical perfection and high moral standards in such an exciting style prepossessing minds and hearts and achieving perfection in shorter time and easier way.
Furthermore, it represents the excellence of the divine revelation as well as the wisdom of The The Ahl ul-Bayt (a) who progressed in the light of that revelation and understood its concepts to present it in the form of expressive wisdom, high trait, and nonesuch moral lessons whose illumination and purity focus on souls to clean and light them through virtuous concepts.
On that account, I loved and inclined to that course and was encouraged to plan this message with all of its researches on its guidance.
If some people will be guided and others will not, this will definitely not cause any defect to the instructions of the Islamic course. This will be ascribed to the variation of people’s natures and readiness to accept the concepts of guidance.
It is quite unfortunate to see Muslims, after having been the leaders of nations and pioneers to virtues, lose their positions because of their deviation from the moralities of Islam. Thus, they have been plunging in humble manners of moral corruption. They are required, if they intend to regain their dignity and good reputation, to restudy their huge moral heritage. If they do so, they will reacquire people’s trust and admiration and will be “the best of the nations raised up for (the benefit of) men.”………….……………………………………. By Mahdi Sayyid Ali as-Sadr