Volume 2015, Issue 1
  • ISSN: 2218-7480
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Perceptions on of work and its relation to human life have occupied man for centuries and discussions about the concept of work among different traditions and cultures appear to be under influence of a certain ideology or particular religion. In this article, Professor Ali has analyzed the understanding of work ethics based on the Islamic perspective. However, as an introduction to this theme, he firstly elaborated the concept of work ethics in a historical context, drawing from Greek civilization up to our time. The idea of work ethics and its understanding among the key makers of Greco-Roman and later Judeo-Christian civilizations up to the industrial revolution and technological age of our times went through the profound changes. In contrast to the Islamic perspective of work ethics, the author claims that in the Western civilization the essential purpose of work despite all drastic comprehension of this notion remains of profitable nature. In Islam on the other hand, the question of work ethics is closely connected to establishing equilibrium between physical and spiritual well being of an individual and a society. The author discussed the fundamental pillars of work ethics in Islam, and these are: effort, competition, transparency, and morally responsible conduct. He also explained several dimensions of ethics concerning work in Islam such as spiritual, social, philosophical, economic and others, concluding his paper by Islamic work ethics statements pertaining to economic welfare of Muslim community.


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  • Article Type: Research Article
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