What are the Quranic verses about individuals’ and public’s happiness in the worldly life?
Actually, every single verse in the Quran is about individuals’ and public’s worldly happiness. The religion of Islam evaluates human beings from all aspects and with all characteristics, with its exclusive worldview and comprehensive understanding of society. Therefore, not only does it provide individuals’ and public’s level of worldly life but also cares for their moral virtues, spiritual maturity and perfection, which are the most important dimensions of human life; and it employs this as its goal in all of its judgments and principles. It offers basic principles and solutions to enable individuals and public to be happy both in the material life and spiritual life.
In our century, unbelief and denial have damaged society’s spiritual aspect and lots of questions, superstitions and nonsense things occupy people’s minds causing individual and social problems, which all show us once again how desperately we are in need of principles brought by the Quran. We should keep in mind that individuals’ worldly happiness and especially spiritual happiness and peace enable public’s peace. Verses related to public’s peace are many in number. We are going to quote some of them below.
The religion of Islam demands people to be good to believers and to prevent them from being bad. We see this clearly in the following verse: “They believe in God and the Last Day; they enjoin what is right, and forbid what is wrong; and they hasten (in emulation) in (all) good works: They are in the ranks of the righteous.” (Aal-i Imran, 3:114)
Allah the Glorious also states that unbelief and evilness are undesirable in believers’ hearts: “God has endeared the Faith to you, and has made it beautiful in your hearts, and He has made hateful to you unbelief, wickedness, and rebellion: such indeed are those who walk in righteousness.” (al-Hujurat, 49:7) Religion is the leading one of the most important factors that can control and prevent immorality and crime witnessed in the society. Presenting crime not only as a crime but also as a sin serves as a double preventive factor for discouraging it.
The religion of Islam clearly disapproves harmful habits which damage social life deeply and cause individual and social problems, and orders people to follow the rules it has brought on this subject: “O ye who believe! Intoxicants and gambling, (dedication of) stones, and (divination by) arrows, are an abomination, - of Satan's handwork: eschew such (abomination), that ye may prosper. Satan's plan is (but) to excite enmity and hatred between you, with intoxicants and gambling, and hinder you from the remembrance of God, and from prayer: will ye not then abstain?” (al-Maidah, 5:90-91)
“O mankind! Reverence your Guardian-Lord, who created you from a single Person, created, of like nature, His mate, and from them twain scattered (like seeds) countless men and women; - Fear God, through whom ye demand your mutual (rights), and (reverence) the wombs (That bore you): for God ever watches over you.” (an-Nisa, 4:1)
The System of the Universe was established with justice. Therefore, people should base their individual and social relations on justice. Justice should rule the human society as it rules the universe. As for building an exemplary society, the Quran places the principle of “God commands justice…” (an-Nahl, 16:90) on the base of life.
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