ISL171 Akhlaq (Morality) and Adab (Manners) in Islam (8)

This subject explores Islam in everyday human interactions. It introduces the two concepts; akhlaq (morality) and adab (manners) from an Islamic perspective and the importance of their application in developing human virtue and perfection. The subject commences with akhlaq and adab in the everyday life of a Muslim, followed by immediate family, and then other common relationships such as neighbours, work colleagues and friends. One's relationship with the environment, animals and worship will also be covered. An important part of this subject is to study the traditional understanding of akhlaq and adab through the lens of the Qur'an, Hadith and the traditional scholars. The traditional understanding of each relationship type will then be analysed, considering the benefits and the challenges of their application in the contemporary context.


Session 3 (90)
United Theological College

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: ISL171. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


Centre for Islamic Studies and Civilisation

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to understand the role of akhlaq (morality) an adab (manners) in the life of a Muslim;
  • be able to appreciate the relationship between good character, akhlaq (morality) and adab (manners);
  • be able to explain the traditional understanding of akhlaq (morality) and adab (manners) in different relationship types; and
  • be able to critically analyse the application of the traditional understanding of akhlaq (morality) and adab (manners) in today's world.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Introduction to akhlaq (morality) and adab (manners)
  • Qualities of a Muslim
  • Everyday living
  • Studying and learning
  • Parents, children and relatives
  • Husband and wife
  • Neighbours and friends
  • Work environment and business transactions
  • The environment and animals
  • Religion in public space
  • Communicating the religion
  • Worship

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of ISL171 in Session 3 2021. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Engagement and participation

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2022. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.