Wisdom and Adab of the Quran

In the Name of God, the Merciful, the Compassionate

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

Below is a partial list of wisdom and adab (good manners and courtesy) from the Quran that apply to everyday living. They may not be word for word translations, but the meaning is accurate. The verses were compiled by Brother Tanweer and posted originally on the Bangla-vision yahoo group. Their message is timeless and are part of the holy books of every religion.

1. Respect and honor all human beings irrespective of their religion, color, race, sex, language, status, property, birth, profession/job and so on. [17/70]

2. Talk straight, to the point, without any ambiguity or deception. [33/70]

3. Choose the best words to speak, and say them in the best possible way. [17/53, 2/83]

4. Do not shout. Speak politely, keeping your voice low. [31/19]

5. Always speak the truth. Shun words that are deceitful and ostentatious. [22/30]

6. Do not confound truth with falsehood. [2/42]

7. Say with your mouth what is in your heart. [3/167]

8. Speak in a civilized manner, in a language that is recognized by the society and is commonly used. [4/5]

9. When you voice an opinion, be just, even if it is against a relative. [6/152]

10. Do not be a bragger or boaster. [31/18]

11. Do not talk or do anything vain [23/3, 28/55]

12. Do not participate in anything paltry or contemptible. If you pass near such a futile play, then pass by with dignity [25/72]

13. Do not verge upon any immodesty or lewdness whether surreptitious or overt. [6/151].

14. If unintentionally any misconduct occurs by you, then correct yourself expeditiously. [3/134].

15. Do not be contemptuous or arrogant with people. [31/18]

16. Do not walk haughtily or with conceit. [17/37, 31/18]

17. Be moderate in thy pace. [31/19]

18. Walk with humility and sedateness. [25/63]

19. Keep your gazes lowered devoid of any lecherous leers and salacious stares. [24/30-31, 40/19].

20. If you do not have complete knowledge about anything, better keep your mouth closed. You might think that speaking about something without full knowledge is a trivial matter. But it might have grave consequences. [24/15-16]

21. When you hear something malicious about someone, keep a favorable view about him/her until you attain full knowledge about the matter. Consider others innocent until they are proven guilty with solid and truthful evidence. [24/12-13]

22. Ascertain the truth of any news, lest you harm someone in ignorance and afterwards repent of what you did. [49/6]

23. Do not follow blindly any information of which you have no direct knowledge. (Using your faculties of perception and reasoning) you must verify it for yourself. In the Court of your Lord, you will be held accountable for your hearing, sight, and the faculty of reasoning. [17/36].

24. Never think that you have reached the final stage of knowledge and nobody knows more than yourself. Remember! Above everyone endowed with knowledge is another endowed with more knowledge [12/76]. Even the Prophet [p.b.u.h] was asked to keep praying, “O My sustainer! Advance me in knowledge.” [20:114]

25. The believers are but a single Brotherhood. Live like members of one family, brothers and sisters unto one another. [49/10].

26. Do not make a mockery of others or ridicule others. [49/11]

27. Do not defame others. [49/11]

28. Do not insult others by nicknames. [49/11]

29. Avoid suspicion and guesswork. Suspicion and guesswork might deplete your communal energy. [49/12]

30. Spy not upon one another. [49/12]

31. Do not backbite one another. [49/12]

32. When you meet each other, offer good wishes and blessings for safety. One who conveys to you a message of safety and security, or offers a courteous greeting to you, meet it with a greeting still more courteous, or (at least) of equal courtesy. [4/86]

33. When you enter your own home or the home of somebody else, compliment the inhabitants. [24/61]

34. Do not enter houses other than your own until you have sought permission; and then greet the inhabitants and wish them a life of blessing, purity and joy. [24/27]

35. Treat kindly:
-Your parents
-The orphans
-And those who have been left alone in society [4/36]

36. Take care of:
-The needy
-The disabled
-Those whose hard earned income is insufficient to meet their needs
-And those whose businesses have stalled
-And those who have lost their jobs. [4/36]

37. Treat kindly:
-Your related neighbors, and unrelated neighbors.
-Companions by your side in public gatherings, or public transportation. [4/36]

38. Be generous to the needy wayfarer, the homeless son of the street, and the one who reaches you in a destitute condition. [4/36]

39. Be nice to people who work under your care. [4/36]

40. Do not count what you have given to others, nor afflict them with reminders of your generosity. [2/262].

41. Do not expect a return for your good behavior, not even thanks. [76/9]

42. Cooperate with one another in good deeds and do not cooperate with others in evil and bad matters. [5/2]

43. Do no try to impress people on account of self-proclaimed virtues. [53/32]

44. You should enjoin right conduct on others but mend your own ways first. Actions speak louder than words. You must first practice good deeds yourself, then preach. [2/44]

45. Correct yourself and your families first [before trying to correct others]. [66/6]

46. Pardon gracefully anyone who commits a bad deed out of ignorance, and then repents and amends [6/54, 3/134]

47. Divert and sublimate your anger and potentially virulent emotions to creative energy, and become a source of tranquillity and comfort to people. [3/134]

48. Call people to the Way of your Lord with wisdom and beautiful exhortation. Reason with them most decently. [16/125]

49. Leave to themselves those who do not give any importance to the Divine code and have adopted and consider it as mere play and amusement [6/70]

50. Sit not in the company of those who ridicule Divine Law unless they engage in some other conversation. [4/140]

51. Do not be jealous of those who are blessed. [4/54]

52. In your collective life, make rooms for others. [58/11]

53. When invited to dine, go at the appointed time. Do not arrive too early to wait for the preparation of meal or linger after eating to engage in bootless babble. Such things may cause inconvenience to the host. [33/53]

54. Eat and drink [what is lawful] in moderation. [7/31].

55. Do not squander your wealth senselessly. [17/26]

56. Fulfil your promises and commitments. [17/34]

57. Keep yourself clean. [9/108, 4/43, 5/6].

58. Dress in agreeable attire and adorn yourself with exquisite character from inside out. [7/26]

59. Seek your provision only by fair endeavor. [29/17, 2/188]

60. Do not devour the wealth and property of others unjustly, nor bribe the officials or the judges to deprive others of their possessions. [2/188]


19 Responses to Wisdom and Adab of the Quran

  1. Leena says:

    Very nice, thanks for posting it.

  2. saly says:

    This is an exhaustive list, Mashallah. Thanks for posting it. I’m going to print this and put it on my office soft board and in Mariam’s room. It is a humbling reminder, thank you!

  3. Ibrahim says:

    Very nice. Do you mind if I reproduce it in a newsletter I edit? Full attribution, of course. Thanks.


  4. Thank you all for the kind comments. Please use it and spread it as you wish. The attributes on the list are part of the Sufi adab also.

    Ya Haqq!

  5. Bilquees says:

    Beautiful! Thank you for this, Irving.

  6. Maliha says:

    this is very timely and a good reminder.

    It strikes me how the Quran is so in tune with what makes sense. These are very simple fundamental attributes that every human should possess, yet it strikes me again how hard it is to do so…

    like a dear friend of mine told me: the world rewards the greedy/aggressive/ “go-getter”…and most of what hte world rewards depletes from who we intrinsically should be.

  7. sf says:

    Assalaam Alaikum,
    Many thanks for this great post , br. Irving

    peace and blessings,

  8. This list pretty much summarizes the teachings of Quran on the manners of life including virtues, morality, and the concept of stewardship of wealth.

    I think this list is originally taken from

    Ahmad Ibrahim

  9. MysticSaint says:


    Glory be to God Alone, the Manifest, the Hidden.

  10. vonaurum says:

    It shows us that we should look for and apply positive things in our religious traditions.

  11. shaharazed says:

    MashaAllah, thanks Irving! I guess that why Aisha said about the Prophet, salla Allahu ‘alayhi wassallam, that his character was the Qur’an. And Allah said that the Prophet, salla Allahu ‘alayhi wasallam, was of a tremendous character.

  12. MysticSaint says:

    thanks to wonderful internet technology that when i needed to read it, it popped up once again. thanks brother irving once again for the compilation. its very educating.

  13. Rabu says:

    Masallah! One of my favorite post .


  14. Anon says:


    merci beaucoup for this, i really appreciate it =)

  15. Amatullah says:

    Assalamu Alaikom,

    Good post, mashaAllah.

    I just would like to say something. I understand the fact of you make some profit with the google adsense, however you should be cautious as you are advertising other faith’s belief in the same way you are teaching about Islam. It’s so frustrating to read such beautiful and important information about our deen and right after you find about ” numerology, Jesus as God” which we know it is shirk and Shirk is the worst sin in Islam.

    Be careful brother, InshaAllah

    Fee Aman Allah,


  16. Irving says:

    Salaam Dear Brother Amatullah:

    You are quite right, although I never made any profit off of it, and do not use google adsense, since google owns blogger, not wordpress. But I did stop the related links from showing up, since they are generated automatically and I have no control over which ones appear. Thank you for the kindness of informing me :)

    Ya Haqq!

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