The Clear Quran

From Words to Actions: Applying Islamic Principles in Contemporary Society

In the modern era where several challenges and complexities are often experienced within our daily lives, the ever relevant teachings of Islam, as presented in the Quran and emphasized in the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (SAW), offer clear guidance on ethical living and moral conduct. This article aims to highlight Islam’s perspective on ethical living, giving plenty of support from the Quran and the Prophet (SAW)’s Sunnah, to inspire and guide Muslims in navigating the obstacles of modern life while staying true to their faith, especially during the blessed month of Ramadhan.

The Foundation of Islamic Ethics

The concept of ethics in Islam is comprehensive, and it has not left any part of life uncovered. It is not confined to the ritualistic dimension but extends to the social, economic, and personal realms. The Quran and Sunnah serve as the primary sources of Islamic ethics, providing a blueprint for Muslims to lead a life that is pleasing to Allah (SWT).

  1. Quranic Guidance: The Quran lays down the fundamental principles of morality, justice, compassion, and humility. Some verses from The Clear Quran that offer clear guidance on these aspects include the following:

  • There exist approximately 99 verses in the Quran where Allah (SWT) speaks on just basic moral ethics. Some of the aspects that He emphasizes is the honoring of everyone in the human race, regardless of their beliefs or where they come from (17:70); always speak in a humble manner by keeping your voice low and soft (31:19); do not boast about things (31:18); if you do not possess knowledge about something, it is best to remain silent on the matter (24:15); if you hear false things about a person, keep an open mind until you receive substantial evidence (24:12).

  • On the topic of justice, Allah (SWT) has not only provided guidance on how we must always stand up for what is right, regardless of the circumstances, but also, we as Muslims must treat every situation with justice and fairness because He is the All-Hearing and All-Seeing. In Surah An-Nisa, Allah (SWT) says, “O believers! Stand firm for justice as witnesses for Allah even if it is against yourselves, your parents, or close relatives. Be they rich or poor, Allah is best to ensure their interests. So do not let your desires cause you to deviate ˹from justice˺. If you distort the testimony or refuse to give it, then ˹know that˺ Allah is certainly All-Aware of what you do,” The Clear Quran, 4:135. In the same Surah, Allah (SWT) also says, Indeed, Allah commands you to return trusts to their rightful owners;1 and when you judge between people, judge with fairness. What a noble commandment from Allah to you! Surely Allah is All-Hearing, All-Seeing,” The Clear Quran, 4:58.

  • For compassion, Allah (SWT) has said, “We have sent you ˹O Prophet˺ only as a mercy for the whole world,” The Clear Quran, 21:107.

  • For humility, Allah (SWT) has said, “The ˹true˺ servants of the Most Compassionate are those who walk on the earth humbly, and when the foolish address them ˹improperly˺, they only respond with peace,” The Clear Quran, 25:63.

  1. Sunnah – The Practical Example: The Prophet Muhammad (SAW) embodied the teachings of the Quran through his actions, decisions, and interactions. His life serves as a practical guide for Muslims to follow, illustrating how to implement Quranic ethics in daily life.

Principles of Ethical Living in Islam

Islamic ethics are grounded in the belief in Tawhid (the Oneness of Allah (SWT)). This belief shapes the moral fiber of a Muslim, influencing their actions and interactions. Several key principles form the bedrock of ethical living in Islam:

  1. Integrity (Al-Amanah): Islam places a high value on trustworthiness and honesty in all aspects of life, as evidenced by the Hadith,“The signs of a hypocrite are three: Whenever he speaks, he tells a lie; and whenever he promises, he breaks his promise; and whenever he is entrusted, he betrays (proves to be dishonest),” Sahih al-Bukhari, 6095.

  2. Justice (Al-Adl): Justice is a central theme in the Quran, with numerous verses urging Muslims to be just, even if it is against themselves or close relatives. “O believers! Stand firm for justice as witnesses for Allah even if it is against yourselves, your parents, or close relatives. Be they rich or poor, Allah is best to ensure their interests. So do not let your desires cause you to deviate ˹from justice˺. If you distort the testimony or refuse to give it, then ˹know that˺ Allah is certainly All-Aware of what you do,” The Clear Quran, 4:135.

  3. Compassion and Mercy (Ar-Rahmah): The Prophet Muhammad (SAW) was described as a “mercy to the worlds,” The Clear Quran, 21:107. Muslims are encouraged to embody mercy in their dealings with others, reflecting the compassion of Allah (SWT).

  4. Community and Brotherhood (Ummah): Islam emphasizes the importance of community and the bonds of brotherhood, urging Muslims to support one another, share their blessings, and work towards the common good. “Do not envy one another, and do not inflate prices for one another, and do not hate one another, and do not turn away from one another, and do not undercut one another in trade, but [rather] be slaves of Allah and brothers [amongst yourselves]. A Muslim is the brother of a Muslim: he does not oppress him, nor does he fail him, nor does he lie to him, nor does he hold him in contempt. Taqwa (piety) is right here [and he pointed to his chest three times]. It is evil enough for a man to hold his brother Muslim in contempt. The whole of a Muslim is inviolable for another Muslim: his blood, his property, and his honour,” 40 Hadith An-Nawawi, Hadith 35.

Practical Applications of Ethical Living

Ethical living in Islam is not an abstract concept but a practical lifestyle choice that impacts various facets of life:

  1. Personal Conduct: Every Muslim is encouraged to pursue personal development and purification of the heart (Tazkiyah), striving to embody the characteristics of patience, humility, gratitude, and forgiveness.
  2. Family Life: The family unit is considered the cornerstone of a healthy society in Islam. Ethical living in this realm involves fulfilling responsibilities towards relatives, treating them with kindness, and maintaining the bonds of kinship.
  3. Business and Work Ethics: Islam advocates for fairness, honesty, and integrity in business transactions and the workplace. Prohibitions against fraud, deception, and exploitation underscore the importance of ethical conduct in economic activities.
  4. Social Justice and Community Service: Muslims are called upon to be active members of their communities, working towards social justice, aiding those in need, and contributing positively to society.

The Clear Quran is Your Easy Guide to Doing Good in Ramadhan

During Ramadhan, a month of heightened reflection, self-discipline, and spiritual renewal, practicing ethical living becomes even more profound when we engage deeply with the teachings of The Clear Quran. This contemporary translation, known for its clarity and accessibility, can be a vital companion in understanding and applying Islamic ethics in our daily lives. By dedicating time each day to read and contemplate its verses, we can uncover practical guidance on embodying virtues such as patience, generosity, and compassion—core elements of ethical living. Ramadan offers a unique opportunity to reinforce our commitment to ethical principles through increased acts of worship, charity (Zakat and Sadaqah), and community service, all illuminated by the insights gleaned from The Clear Quran. As we fast from dawn to dusk, abstaining from food, drink, and negative behaviors, The Clear Quran serves as a reminder of the higher purpose of our fast and the importance of purifying our intentions and actions in the sight of Allah (SWT). Engaging with its teachings helps to cultivate a mindset of ethical consciousness that transcends the month of Ramadhan, inspiring us to carry these virtues forward into every aspect of our lives.

Challenges and Solutions

In the face of contemporary challenges such as materialism, social inequality, and environmental degradation, Muslims are reminded to turn to the Quran and Sunnah for guidance. Solutions to these challenges can be found in the principles of moderation, charity (Zakat), and stewardship of the earth (Khalifah).


The teachings of the Quran and the Sunnah provide a comprehensive framework for ethical living that is as relevant today as it was in the time of the Prophet Muhammad (SAW). By adhering to these divine guidelines, Muslims can navigate the complexities of modern life with integrity and grace, contributing positively to their own lives and the wider community. Ethical living in Islam is not just a personal moral compass but a collective endeavor that uplifts society and embodies the values of faith, hope, and charity.