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 KÖPRÜ / Güz 98 
 Hürriyet, Meşruiyet ve Cumhuriyet
 KÖPRÜ / Bahar 94 
 Bediüzzaman’ın Görüşleri Işığında Doğu ve Güneydoğu Hadiselerinin Gerçek Reçetesi

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Yaz 2006   [ 95. Sayı ]



The ethical behavior conduct is one of the most important features of the human being which distinguishes it from other creatures. We can define it as "the sum of the spiritual features and manners which lead to label a man as good or bad, and the conscious treatments coming out of those features." It belongs completely to the human being both as an emotion and as a conscious attitude.

Due to his existence, human being possesses his concern for decency inwardly. The human being is always looking for the answer of the question 'what is good or bad' deteriorating himself continuously.

Three basic theses are to be seen about the source of the ethics during the course of the human history. The principles of revelation, i.e., theses of religions, belong to the first group. The second group comprises the theses of the different philosophical doctrines, which deal with ethics referring to the reason. The anthropological and sociological theories focusing on the social dimension of ethics belong to the third group.

Philosophers discuss the essence of good due to the nature of philosophy. Nevertheless, they avoid themselves of suggesting concrete manners. On the other hand, prophets proposed always model forms of manners in every spheres of life while discussing what is good and what is bad?

According to the sociologists and anthropologists, people had to invent some moral principles, in order to be able to live in a society peacefully and in order, to get on well with each other, to be happy.

Currently, we live in a conceptual disorder related to the social life. Apart from this chaos, the abundance of the subjective value judgements, mundanization, hedonism, the broadening of the tolerance against the immoral behaviors necessitate to invent new approaches on 'ethics'. Because, the moral crisis in the actual world is not a phenomenon independent from the Islamic societies. The whole humanity stands against the moral crisis. The problems we come across in the practising of the Islamic ethics and creeds are very significant indicators of our need to 'ethical codes' in every spheres of the social life.

The last prophet Hz. Muhammed (sav) offers us a value system encompassing all of the spheres of life while telling "I have been sent to fulfil the good ethics". We find it very important to attract our attention to the good ethic of the Prophet in our age when the ethical sensitivity has been degenerated and the value judgements have been complicated.

The basic aim of Islam is to put forward an excellent ethical system and to provide for humans a consistent life with this system. In the words of Bediüzzaman, 'the aim and the duty of humanity is to treat according to the divine Ethics and good moral quality.' And as being appropriate to this aim, a perfect example of ethical behavior has been continuously emphasized in the Qur'an, the source of Islam, and in the treatments of the Prophet.

Bediüzzaman has stressed very often that the social peace and happiness could only be achieved with a virtuous society. Thus, he calls our attention to the representative capability of the Muslims by pointing 'If we would express the goodness and perfection of the Islamic morality and of the truths of belief, then the subjects of other religions will convert to Islam definitely.' It is a certain fact that the current humanity needs excessively an ethical understanding based on the revelation and the tradition of Prophet, from which a certain lifestyle emerges.


The dossier in this issue comprises of the papers and concluding remarks of the 'IIIrd National Congress of Risale-i Nur' on Ethics, which has been organized by Risale-i Nur Enstitüsü in Istanbul. We believe that these texts will offer new perspectives about our understanding of 'ethics' due to their comprehensive discussion in 'ethics' around the subject The Source of Ethics; the Ethics and Change in Public Sphere; The Personal Life and Ethics; Science and Ethics; Universal Ethics and Qur'an.


We wish to be able to meet you again in our next, 96th issue, with the dossier subject of Human Rights.