What is Islam?

by James William Lovegrove (Habeeb-Ullah)

Respect for each other’s Privacy

“O you who believe! let those whom your right hand possess and those of you who have not attained to puberty ask per­mission of you three times; before the morning prayer, and when you put off your clothes at midday in summer, and after the prayer of the nightfall; these are three times of privacy for you; neither is it a sin for you nor for them besides thee; some of you must go round about (waiting) upon others; thus does Allah make clear to you the communications, and Allah is Knowing, Wise” (The Holy Quran, 24:58).

Matters of state should take precedence over private affairs:

“Only those are believers who believe in Allah and His Apostle, and when they are with him on a momentous affair, they go not away until they have asked his permission; surely they who ask your permission are they who believe in Allah and His Apostle; so when they ask your permission for some affair of theirs, give permission to whom you please of them, and ask forgiveness for them from Allah; surely Allah is Forgiving, Merciful” (The Holy Quran, 24:62).

“And if two parties of the believers quarrel, make peace between them; but if one of them acts wrongfully towards the other, fight that which acts wrongfully until it returns to Allah’s command; then if it returns, make peace between them with justice and act equitably; surely Allah loves those who act equitably” (The Holy Quran, 49:9).

“The believers are but brethren, therefore make peace between your brethren and be careful of (your duty to) Allah that mercy be had on you” (The Holy Quran, 49:10).