The system of “fitrah” innateness in Islam: A trusteeship approach to moral values

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Chtaiba Jamal


On the one hand, this research aims to highlight the foundations on which Islam instructed the agreement between human groups, represented in the innate regulations of morals that are considered a commonality among human beings, and which are strongly related to humans as long as they have this characteristic, namely humanity.

On the other hand, it tends to clarify the confusion regarding the concept of innateness “fitrah” between trends and intellectual doctrines in the Islamic culture and their counterparts in human culture in general, specifically Greek and Latin.


The research adopts the inductive approach by tracing the concept of innateness (Fitrah) in the works of Muslims, while extrapolating the opinions of thinkers from different references in order to reach a common ground among all mankind.


The research concludes with a basic result, which is that adherence to innate rules and values has a prominent effect in organizing our human relations, managing the differences that exist between human groups, and achieving the purposes of God Almighty in opening up to all human beings. Offering them good, and liberating them from the clutches of evil, corruption and misguidance through fruitful dialogu, and effective communication.

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