Evaluate how the ethical teachings of Islam influence the life of adherents in terms of sexual ethics.
Similar to nearly all faiths throughout the world, the ethical teachings of Islam heavily influences the lives of its adherents. The teachings of the Qur’an and the Hadith are vital to the formation of the sexual ethics within the Islamic Ummah. The Islamic faith views sexual activity as a form of worship provided it is conducted in a loving and matrimonial relationship. Also it is seen to strength the couple’s relationship and as a form of prevention of unlawful and sexual practises. The teachings on Islamic sexual ethics cover a range of topics including extramarital & premarital relationships, abortion, homosexuality, contraception, rape, masturbation and pornography and suggest that all sexual acts must be done in serving Allah.
Islam prohibits sex outside of marriage, including both premarital relationships and extramarital relationships. In Islam, the act of sex is seen as a bond behind two partners which is held up by trust and honesty. If this commitment is broken, it is seen to be harmful to their partner as they destroy the trust in the relationship. This is supported by Surah in which it states ‘Do not approach adultery; surely it is indecent.’ This is further supported in the Hadith in which Muhammad states that unfaithfulness is going against Allah’s will and is considered a sin; “There is no greater sin than a man placing his semen in the womb that is unlawful for him to place.” However, there is an exception placed on having extramarital relationships with a slave. Men were allowed to have adulterous relations with a female slave. The Shari’ah law punishment for indulging in adultery is stoning or death.
Abortion is not accepted in Islam unless it is endangering the life of the mother. Muslims believe that ‘humans are the pinnacle of god’s creation and are god’s vice-regents on earth’ and therefore it is wrong for any human being to have...