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Ethics and Community

Community and Structure

Although Muslims view themselves as part of a worldwide community, called the ummah, united in submission to God, they are equally loyal to the nation states within which they live.


The different clerical functions within Islam are filled by a special religious class called the ulama, religious scholars with authority in law and doctrine.

Principles of Moral Thought and Action

Muslims' ethical and moral commitments regulating their daily lives derive from their understanding of the demands of revelation and are referred to as the shariah.

Vision for Society

The ethical obligation to command the good and forbid the evil imposes upon Muslims the duty of realizing a just society.

Gender and Sexuality

Muslim women and men are working for gender equality within broad limits prescribed by Islam.