- Author : Maulana Abu Ala Maududi
- Title : The Ethical Viewpoint of Islam
- Genre : Ethics
- Publish : 1965
Maulana Maududi has discussed, in his inimitable style, the nature of the moral problem and the viewpoint which Islam puts forth in this respect. His two discourses are being presented in this brochure to the English speaking public. "The Ethical Viewpoint of Islam" is an address delivered at Islamia College, Peshawar, on 14th February 1944. [1. Nine editions of this address have been published in Urdu, the latest in 1965 was published by the Islamic Publications Ltd Lahore.] An English translation was published in 1946 but it was defective in more than one respect and the author was dissatisfied with the same. That is why a new translation was undertaken and is now presented to the public. It is impossible to recapture in a translation the beautiful Urdu style of the author. Maulana Maududi is not only a great thinker, he is also a man of letters who wields a powerful pen and has a unique style of his own. If the translator has been able to convey the line of the author’s reasoning, not to say the form and style, he will feel more than rewarded.
While going through this discourse the reader should keep in view the fact that it was delivered in February 1944 when the world was caught in the grip of Second World War and human blood had become thinner than water The international situation of 1944 is acting as background to the address and is reflected between the lines. There are certain veiled references to the then prevailing conditions and the monstrous situation created by the menace of Fascism and Nazism and the reader can better appreciate them if this fact is kept in mind. The central problem, however, remains unchanged. The moral crisis persists, it has now sought new channels for its expression. The socio-political scene continues to be shrouded, only the manifestations have taken new shapes.