Life Under The Grace of Ethics

Life Under The Grace of Ethics

Association with evil doers stimulates sense of suspicion in man and makes him pessimistic to everybody. Imam Ali A.S. says: «مُجالَسَةُ الاَْشْرارِ تُورِثُ سُوءَ الظَّنِّ بِالاَْخْيارِ». Association with evil doers causes suspicion on good doers.(13) In brief, the issue of association is so critical that God even premonishes His messenger from association with evil doers […]

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    Association with evil doers stimulates sense of suspicion in man and makes him pessimistic to everybody. Imam Ali A.S. says: «مُجالَسَةُ الاَْشْرارِ تُورِثُ سُوءَ الظَّنِّ بِالاَْخْيارِ». Association with evil doers causes suspicion on good doers.(13) In brief, the issue of association is so critical that God even premonishes His messenger from association with evil doers in Quran. In contrary, association with good doers is one of the most important means of training, purification and developing moral virtues and reviving heart and acquiring personality. Islam emphasizes greatly on association with good individuals and righteous doers. Holy Quran says: (وَ اصْبِرْ نَفْسَكَ مَعَ الَّذِينَ يَدْعُونَ رَبَّهُمْ بِالْغَدَوةِ وَ الْعَشِيِّ يُرِيدُونَ وَجْهَهُ وَ لا تَعْدُ عَيْناكَ عَنْهُمْ تُرِيدُ زِينَةَ الْحَيوةِ الدُّنْيا وَ لا تُطِعْ مَنْ اَغْفَلْنا قَلْبَهُ عَنْ ذِكْرِنا وَ اتَّبَعَ هَويهُ وَ كانَ اَمْرُهُ فُرُطاً). And restrain thyself with those call upon their Lord at morning and evening, desiring His countenance, and let not thine eyes turn away from them, desiring the adornment of the present life; and obey not him whose heart We have made neglectful of Our remembrance so that he follows his own lust, and his affair has become all excess.(14) The Prophet S.A. says: «اَسْعَدُ النّاسِ مَنْ خالَطَ كِرامَ النّاسِ». The most prosperous people are those who associate with good and honorable people.(15) 2- Correcting environment Tainted environments, particularly those in which display of sin and vice is popular, increase the risk of involvement to moral vices, and this is an undeniable truth. Thus, one of the actions for hygiene of morality is conflicting vices in the environment and preventing display of sin and vice. Basically, one of the most important hindrances for involvement in sin and moral vice is the importance and greatness of vice and sin in view of man and hating them. Display of moral vices and sins decreases its importance in view of people and lessens its hatred and prepares soul for accepting it. And on this account, for renewing importance of sin in public opinion, it is instructed in Islam to punish evil doers publicly and in presence of people:

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