The Golden Rule

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From the religion of Islam, The Golden Rule reads "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you". It is the Islamic ethical principle of treating others as one wants to be treated. Mohammed says this in various ways throughout the Koran.[1][2][3] Various expressions of this rule can be found in the tenets of some other religions through the ages. It can be considered an ethic of reciprocity in some religions, although different religions treat it differently. The maxim may appear as a positive or negative injunction governing conduct: Treat others as you would like others to treat you, Do not treat others in ways that you would not like to be treated, what you wish upon others, you wish upon yourself. The basic concept also appears in Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Taoism, and Zoroastrianism.


  1. لَايُؤْمِنُأَحَدُكُمْحَتَّىيُحِبَّلِأَخِيهِأَوْقَالَلِجَارِهِمَايُحِبُّلِنَفْسِهِ “None of you has faith until he loves for his brother or his neighbor what he loves for himself.” Sahih Muslim, Book 1, Number 72
  2. وَالَّذِينَفْسِيبِيَدِهِلَايُؤْمِنُعَبْدٌحَتَّىيُحِبَّلِأَخِيهِمَايُحِبُّلِنَفْسِهِمِنْالْخَيْرِ “By Him in whose Hand is my soul, a servant does not believe until he loves for his brother what he loves for himself of goodness.”Musnad Ahmad, Number 12734, Sahih
  3. لَاتَدْخُلُونَالْجَنَّةَحَتَّىتُؤْمِنُواوَلَاتُؤْمِنُواحَتَّىتَحَابُّواأَوَلَاأَدُلُّكُمْعَلَىشَيْءٍإِذَافَعَلْتُمُوهُتَحَابَبْتُمْأَفْشُواالسَّلَامَبَيْنَكُمْ “You will not enter Paradise until you believe and you will not believe until you love each other. Shall I show you something that, if you did, you would love each other? Spread peace between yourselves.” Sahih Muslim, Book 1, Number 96