Understanding Essence Of Character Building In Prophet’s Concept Of Social Justice
Keywords:Social Justice; Character; Islam; Prophet
Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) presented Islam in the form of a movement that emphasized on practice rather than mere preaching. It aimed to create a class of people who will inspire others not by mere oration but with practical deeds. The important consequence of faith, as pointed out in Quran and later reiterated by Prophet, is enactment of good deeds. The enactment of good deeds will create an underlying atmosphere for justice. Social Justice, the fundamental tenet of Islam, could have been achieved only, when the cadre as well as followers of Islam had a very strong character and were committed towards enactment of good deeds. The Companions of Prophet were therefore, subjected to rigorous training owing to which they led their subjects by example. Character building based on learning by doing, was therefore bedrock of Prophet`s training approach. The focus on Character building as a Prophetic proposition tended to diminish with time and reached an all-time low in various countries of Muslim world. This paper is an attempt to delve into essence of character building for achieving the goals of social justice as enjoined upon by Prophet. It will also explore the implications of not using the character building approach while dispensing social justice, and some possible remedies for character crisis in the Muslim world. The word ‘Character’ used in the paper is laden with meaning, which will unfold as the content of paper will progress.
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