Part 2 of this series explores more human relations advice in the Holy Quran.
- Politeness is Important to Allah (swt):
When you are greeted with a greeting, then answer back with a greeting more courteous, or (at least) return the same. Surely Allah takes account of all things (4:86).
- Justice is Important to Allah (swt):
O you who believe! Stand out firmly for Allah as witnesses to fair dealings and let not the hatred of others to you make you swerve to wrong and depart from justice. Be just, that is next to piety. Fear Allah, indeed Allah is well-acquainted with all that you do (5:8).
- Modesty around the Opposite Gender:
Say to the believing men that they should lower their gaze and guard their modesty: that will make for greater purity for them: and Allah is well acquainted with all that they do. And say to the believing women that they should lower their gaze and guard their modesty; that they should not display their beauty and ornaments except what must ordinarily appear thereof; that they should draw their veils over their bosoms and not display their beauty except to their husbands, their fathers, their husbands’ fathers, their sons, their husbands’ sons, their brothers, or their brothers’ sons or their sisters’ sons, or their women or the servants whom their right hands possess, or male servants free of physical needs, or small children who have no sense of the shame of sex, and that they should not strike their feet in order to draw attention to their hidden ornaments. And O you Believers turn you all together towards Allah, that you may attain Bliss (24:30-31).
- Kindness to Parents:
And We have enjoined on man (to be dutiful and good) to his parents. His mother bore him in weakness and hardship upon weakness and hardship, and his weaning is in two years. Give thanks to Me and to your parents. Unto Me is the final destination. But if they strive with you to make you join in worship with Me others that of which you have no knowledge, then obey them not, but behave with them in the world kindly, and follow the path of him who turns to Me in repentance and in obedience. Then to Me will be your return, and I shall tell you what you used to do (31: 14-15).
You shall be kind to your parents. If one or both of them live to their old age in your lifetime, you shall not say to them any word of contempt nor repel them, and you shall address them in kind words. You shall lower to them the wing of humility and pray: “O Lord! Bestow on them Your blessings just as they cherished me when I was a little child (17:23-24).
- Walk Away from Rude People:
Bear patiently with what they say (against you) and leave their company in a polite manner (73:10).
- Work for Unity:
Hold fast to God’s rope all together and be not dispersed (3:103).
The believers are nothing other than brothers (or sisters). Therefore make peace between your brethren and observe your duty to Allah that you may obtain Mercy (49:10).
Be not like those who are divided amongst themselves and fall into disputations after receiving Clear Signs: For them is a dreadful penalty (3:105).
And be not you among those who join gods with Allah, those who split up and become sects, each party rejoicing in that which is with itself (30:32).
- Charity and Compassion:
Do you know the one who denies the (Day of) Judgment? It is he who pushes the orphan away, and urges not to feed the needy. Woe then unto those praying ones, who are heedless of their prayers, who want to be seen and praised, and refuse (to give) even little things in charity (107: 1-7).
And what is the uphill road? It is to free a slave, or to feed in a day of hunger–an orphan near of kin, or some poor in misery..Then to be those who believe and exhort one another to patience and to compassion (90:12-17).
Do not be harsh to the orphan. Do not reproach the beggar (93: 9-10)
A kind word and forgiveness are better than charity followed by injury… (2:263).
- Never Insult Others:
Let not some men mock others, perhaps the latter may be better than the former. Nor let some women mock other women, it may be that the latter are better than the former. Do not defame or insult each other nor call each other by (offensive) nicknames. Bad is the name of wickedness after faith (49:11-12).
- Behave with Humility:
Do not treat people with contempt, nor walk insolently on the earth. Allah does not love the arrogant or the self-conceited boaster. Be modest in your bearing and subdue your voice, for the most unpleasant of voices is the braying of the donkey (31:18-19).