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).