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The Long-Delayed but Awaited-by- Many Revolution in Human Manners towards Noble Post-EcocidalRe-Embodying Action

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'There's a place for us,
Somewhere a place for us.
Peace and quiet and open air wait for us.
Somewhere.

There's a time for us,
Someday there'll be a time for us:
Time together with time to spare,
Time to learn, time to care.
Someday, somewhere,

We'll find a new way of living,
Will find a way of forgiving.
Somewhere.

There's a place for us,
A time and a place for us.
Hold my hand and we're halfway there,
Hold my hand and I'll take you there.
Somehow, someday, somewhere.'
'Somewhere', West Side Story, Music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim.


Numberless magic-bullet messianic solutions have been put forth in lieu of human strength towards adjusting ourselves to the affordances of the Planet without manipulating it where the process is reversed: cornucopia-like we, lax human beings, keep transforming the beauty and bounty of the Earth so that steadily a smaller effort on our part is necessary to cope with the vicissitudes of every day life. A conspicuous case in point.is the development-vision of post-war, which, since the mid-eighties has taken the form of the sustainable development/sustainability promise. Often the rationale goes as following: "Industrial life has brought about an undisputable number of advances in human life: from agricultural revolutions to medical breakthroughs to technological innovation." Being in the course of putting in place/playing out the sixth mass extinction, the collateral damage inflicted upon embodiments in the mineral kingdom, flora and fauna is no longer concealed. However, this acknowledgement of our fatal capabilities has not gone accompanied with a profound reflection of our performance upon the planet. Rather, the opposite has been the case: we have shrined the Western(iszing) way of life, put forth as advanced, in the sustainable development/sustainability formula. In so doing, the Western(ising) way of life or mode of engagement has been given a new lease on life and the long-delayed but awaited by many revolution in human manners towards righteous action has been further postponed. 

Eco Pax Mundi Agora, for its part, harbours no doubt, that the next stage in human history is that of an imminent U-turn in human manners towards noble post-ecocidal re-embodying action of which all sacred texts speak. Eco Pax Mundi Agora stands fully for such a true evolution. 

In line with Eco Pax Mundi Agora's advocacy for a critical multicultural world of religious syncretism, we could draw inspiration from the Quran in pursuit of guidance for this long-postponed advancement in human etiquette. 

   

Muslims believe Prophet Muhammad had a character as a model for all humanity to follow. The Quran describes the Prophet as:

By an act of mercy from God, you O’ Prophet were gentle in your dealings with them – had you been harsh, or hard-hearted, they would have dispersed and left you – so pardon them and ask forgiveness for them. Consult with them about matters, then, when you have decided on a course of action, put your trust in God: God loves those who put their trust in Him? Quran 3:159

Following is list of 75 good manners that we can learn from the Glorious Quran, the Numbers in brackets refers to Sura or Chapter and Verse Numbers :

  1. Don’t lie (22:30)

  2. Don’t spy (49:12)

  3. Don’t exult (28:76)

  4. Don’t insult (49:11)

  5. Don’t waste (17:26)

  6. Feed the poor (22:36)

  7. Don’t backbite (49:12)

  8. Keep your oaths (5:89)

  9. Don’t take bribes (27:36)

  10. Honour your treaties (9:4)

  11. Restrain your anger (3:134)

  12. Don’t spread gossip (24:15)

  13. Think good of others (24:12)

  14. Be good to guests (51:24-27)

  15. Don’t harm believers (33:58)

  16. Don’t be rude to parents (17:23)

  17. Turn away from ill speech (23:3)

  18. Don’t make fun of others (49:11)

  19. Walk in a humble manner (25:63)

  20. Respond to evil with good (41:34)

  21. Don’t say what you don’t do (62:2)

  22. Keep your trusts & promises (23:8)

  23. Don’t insult others’ false gods (6:108)

  24. Don’t deceive people in trade (6:152)

  25. Don’t take items without right (3:162)

  26. Don’t ask unnecessary questions (5:101)

  27. Don’t be miserly nor extravagant (25:67)

  28. Don’t call others with bad names (49:11)

  29. Don’t claim yourselves to be pure (53:32)

  30. Speak nicely, even to the ignorant (25:63)

  31. Don’t ask for repayment for favours (76:9)

  32. Make room for others at gatherings (58:11)

  33. If enemy wants peace, then accept it (8:61)

  34. Return a greeting in a better manner (4:86)

  35. Don’t remind others of your favours (2:264)

  36. Make peace between fighting groups (49:9)

  37. Lower your voice and talk moderately (31:19)

  38. Don’t let hatred cause you to be unjust (6:108)

  39. Don’t ask too many favours from people (2:273)

  40. Greet people when entering their home (24:27)

  41. Be just, even against yourself & relatives (4:135)

  42. Speak gently, even to leaders of disbelief (20:44)

  43. Don’t criticize small contributions of others (9:79)

  44. Don’t call the Prophet how you call others’ (24:63)

  45. Try to make peace between husband & wife (4:128)

  46. Don’t call the Prophet from outside his rooms (49:4)

  47. Oppression/corruption is worse than killing (2:217)

  48. Preach to others in a good and wise manner (16:125)

  49. Don’t accuse others of immorality without proof (24:4)

  50. Consider wives of the Prophet like your mothers (33:6)

  51. Don’t raise your voice above that of the Prophet’s (49:2)

  52. Don’t call someone a disbeliever without knowing (4:94)

  53. Seek permission before entering someone’s room (24:59)

  54. Know your enemies can become your close friends (41:34)

  55. Don’t wrongly consume the wealth of the vulnerable (4:29)

  56. Don’t turn your cheek away from people in arrogance (31:18)

  57. Forgive others, as you would like Allah to forgive you (24:22)

  58. Seek Prophet’s permission when leaving his gathering (24:62)

  59. Don’t hold secret meetings for sin, rather do so for piety (58:9)

  60. Don’t order others to do good while forgetting it yourself (2:44)

  61. Be patient with your teacher & follow his instructions (18:67-69)

  62. Don’t frown, turn away or neglect those who come to you (80:10)

  63. If unable to help a needy person, at least speak nice words (17:28)

  64. Be lenient to those under you, and consult them in matters (3:159)

  65. Verify information from a dubious source before acting upon it (49:6)

  66. Don’t remain in the Prophet’s home unnecessarily after a meal (33:53)

  67. Those who can should continue to spend on those less fortunate (24:22)

  68. Don’t enter homes without permission & return if refused entry (24:27-28)

  69. Don’t sit with those who mock religion until they change the subject (4:140)

  70. Say it’s not appropriate to talk of slander when it’s mentioned to you (24:16)

  71. If required to ask the Prophet’s wives, then do so from behind a screen (33:53)

  72. Divorce in an amicable manner instead of keeping & harming your wife (2:231)

  73. Punish in an equivalent manner to how you were harmed or be patient (16:126)

  74. Differences in color & language are signs of Allah, not means of superiority (49:13)

  75. Don’t take women by force, nor take back bridal gift without a valid reason & live with them in kindness (4:19)




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