Journal of Legal, Ethical and Regulatory Issues (Print ISSN: 1544-0036; Online ISSN: 1544-0044)


Ethical Perceptions and Relationships in Islam: A Textual Abridged Summary of Al-Ghazali’s View

Author(s): Mohammed Muneer'deen Olodo Al-Shafi'i, Mohd Safri Ali, Engku Ibrahim Engku Wok Zin, Abdulsoma Thoarlim, Mohd Shafiee Hamzah,

Islam contains a general code of conduct; there is neither much doubt nor disagreement on this. That Islam as both a religion and way of life encompasses all religious issues and affairs affecting human’s life is also a fact unchallenged by those of consummate mind. One important aspect of all facets of Islamic discussions is akhlaq (Ethics). Ethic cum conduct is pertinent in Islamic religion. It could be interpreted in many ways and forms; its perception differs from one person to the other, and sometimes within an individual, but seldom from one religion to the other. This paper thus seeks to explore the meaning of ethics and the perceptions it has in Islam, together with the types of relationship it denotes, through the major writings of some Muslim notable scholars, with major concentration on al-Ghazali. It is also the aim of the study to expatiate the importance of ethic in jurisdictions. The study commonly employs qualitative library approach in collecting and analyzing the data. The study maintains that Islam’s concept of ethics, if carefully applied on most contemporary issues, suffice and proffer long-lasting solutions to various problems.