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6 Code of Conduct

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Two binary oppositions characterize the conduct of youth vs. old age: folly vs. reason, and intoxication vs. sobriety. In an attempt to motivate the young to act against their natural inclinations, the ḥadīth promised them heavenly rewards for their observing of certain religious practices. The practice of revering age started in pre-Islamic times and was sanctioned in Islam by a tradition attributed to the Prophet: the best among your youths are those who imitate your elders, and the worst among your elders are those who imitate your youths. Although relations between the young and their parents, and their elders in general, would appear to have been harmonious, there is some evidence that would lead one to believe that this was not always the case. Several instances of ʿuqūq lead us to be skeptical about the undisturbed existence of such harmony.

Keywords: ʿuqūq; ḥadīth; conduct of youth; folly; intoxication; old age; pre-Islamic times; sobriety



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