Society, Socializing and Islam: What is the connection?
Humans are social beings. So we have to be socialized. After Adam (Pbush) was created as the first human being, Eve (Hawa) was also created so that Adam would not have to be alone. Then they were told to stay in Paradise together. Allah says: “And O Adam, dwell, you and your wife, in Paradise and eat from wherever you will but do not approach this tree, lest you be among the wrongdoers.”
(Surah Al-A’raf, verse: 19)
In the pre-Islamic era, Mecca was in a state of extreme chaos and disaster. Humanity was on the verge of being ruined, including freedom, safety, solidarity, friendship, and cooperation. But when Islam arrived, culture began to be reorganized in a new way.
What is society?
Islam’s fundamental value is to live with all people and to lead a disciplined life. Allah says: “And how could you disbelieve while to you are being recited the verses of Allah and among you is His Messenger? And whoever holds firmly to Allah has [indeed] been guided to a straight path.”
(Surah Ali ‘Imran, verse: 101)
People have an inherent desire to live together. No one can be on their own even if they want to. Allah says: “O mankind, indeed, I have created you from male and female and made you peoples and tribes that you may know one another. Indeed, the noblest of you in the sight of Allah is the most righteous of you. Indeed, Allah is Knowing and Acquainted.”
(Surah Al-Hujurat, verse: 13)
To survive on Earth, people must live in peace with other people. In addition to family members, one has to keep in touch with many relatives.
So Allah said, “And give the relative his right, and [also] the poor and the traveler, and do not spend wastefully.”
(Surah Al-Isra, verse 26)
Family is a part of social life.
There has to be coexistence and harmony between husband and wife to establish unity, peace, and love. Mutual understanding, tolerance, and patience are some of the characteristics of a family. So Allah says: “O you who have believed, it is not lawful for you to inherit women by compulsion. And do not make difficulties for them to take [back] part of what you gave them unless they commit a clear immorality. And live with them in kindness. For if you dislike them – perhaps you dislike a thing, and Allah makes therein much good.”
(Surah An-Nisa ‘, 19)
Allah says: “And of His signs is that He created for you from yourselves mates that you may find tranquility in them, and He placed between you affection and mercy. Indeed in that are signs for a people who give thought.”
(Surah Ar-Rum, Verse: 21)
Therefore, a Muslim must stand by his relatives in times of danger and hardship. Don’t get involved in unnecessary quarrels with others.
The five basic rules of Islam are related to social life. Therefore, the influence of Islam on human society is much more significant. Allah has revealed the rules and regulations of Islam in the context of social life. Therefore, everyone as a Muslim has to maintain the Qur’an-Hadith guidelines and the etiquette of Islam in the people of the society. May Allah help us to do that.