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The Erosion of Ethical Values in Today's Society: A Wake-Up Call

May 20, 2023
The erosion of basic principles like discipline and decency has led to ethical values deterioration. Negative vices, wealth accumulation, and media influence are causing this trend. The Quran teaches the importance of promoting and preserving virtues like respect, decency, and tolerance. We should aim to contribute positively to humanity and treat others with kindness and respect.
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Amidst the present age characterized by distress and unease, the fundamental principles that uphold the fabric of our society are gradually disintegrating, leaving behind a residue of decay and degeneration. 

At the forefront of these values lie discipline and decency, paramount for sustaining a healthy and harmonious social order.

However, it is somewhat disconcerting to observe that the exponential growth of knowledge and information in the twenty-first century has yet to lead to a proportional upsurge in the pursuit of courtesy and respect. 

On the contrary, the prevalence of objectionable tendencies, such as the evil accumulation of wealth and the destructive role of the media, has contributed to a noticeable deterioration of ethical values, particularly among the youth of our society.

The implications of these undesirable trends cannot be overstated. The emergence of such unsavoury behaviours and attitudes poses a fundamental challenge to the very fabric of our nation, questioning its underlying motives and values. Therefore, we must proactively address these adverse developments and work towards promoting and preserving the virtuous qualities espoused by our forefathers.

To achieve this noble goal, we must abstain from the debilitating vices that plague our society and embrace the principles of positivity, respect, decency, and tolerance. We must strive to create an environment where these values are upheld and internalized as integral to our collective consciousness.

Chapter 49, Al-Hujuraat, enjoins upon believers the imperative of showing respect and reverence to Allah and His Messenger. It encourages them to verify news before believing and acting on it, to promote peace and reconciliation among believers, to refrain from backbiting and suspicion, and to recognize that true faith is manifested through actions, not mere words. 

The importance of these virtues is amply demonstrated in the teachings of the Holy Quran.

As true believers, it is incumbent upon us to uphold these principles with steadfastness and diligence. Moreover, the Quran encourages us to avoid speaking louder than the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) or in a disrespectful or irreverent manner. This injunction applies to our interactions with elders, teachers, and even the young.

In conclusion, why not inculcate such traits in our character when our Lord and His Prophets (peace be upon them all) possess the highest quality of forgiveness and generosity.

Remember, people are not recognized for their wealth, worldly possessions, or family background; they are recognized for their contribution to humanity, shared knowledge, and how they treat others.

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This article is originally written by Muhammad Aslam Ch. in Urdu and translated by Usama Zulfiqar.

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About Author | Muhammad Aslam Ch.
Aslam has more than 35 years of experience as a former government electrical engineer and has worked for a number of both public and commercial enterprises. He has read more than 4,000 books, studied the Holy Scriptures, and researched the most recent scientific discoveries.

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