December 2, 2015

Examples of passages from the Qur’an containing “the highest levels and innermost meanings of civilization” and “excellencies of human character” – summarized by ‘Abdu’l-Baha

  • “And they enjoin what is just, and forbid what is unjust, and speed on in good works. These are of the righteous.” [Qur’án 3:110]
  • “that there may be among you a people who invite to the good, and enjoin the just, and forbid the wrong. These are they with whom it shall be well.” [Qur’án 3:100]
  • “Verily, God enjoineth justice and the doing of good ... and He forbiddeth wickedness and oppression. He warneth you that haply ye may be mindful.” [Qur’án 16:92]
  • “Make due allowances; and enjoin what is just, and withdraw from the ignorant.” [Qur’án 7:198]
  • “...who master their anger, and forgive others! God loveth the doers of good.” [Qur’án 3:128]
  • “There is no righteousness in turning your faces toward the East or the West, but he is righteous who believeth in God, and the last day, and the angels, and the Scriptures, and the Prophets; who for the love of God disburseth his wealth to his kindred, and to orphans, and the needy and the wayfarer, and those who ask, and for ransom; who observeth prayer, and payeth the legal alms, and who is of those who perform their covenant when they have covenanted, and are patient under ills and hardships, and in time of trouble: these are they who are just, and these are they who fear the Lord.” [Qur’án 2:172]
  • “They prefer them before themselves, though poverty be their own lot.” [Qur’án 59:9]
- ‘Abdu’l-Baha  (‘The Secret of Divine Civilization’)