Islam is not only a religion but a way of life. Islam provides a universal code of conduct governed by ethics. The Holy Quran and Hadith of the Prophet Mohammad (Peace be Upon Him) provide holistic guidelines to every aspect of a person's affairs. These guidelines emphasise authenticity by way of virtues including kindness, honesty, tolerance, self-restraint, patience, forgiveness and compassion. Such values govern human interaction at all levels and in all different settings. All the 114 Surat of the Quran emphasise ethical behaviour at all levels, but Surat Al-Hujuratt in particular pays specific attention to standards of social behaviour. Surat Al-Hujuratt preaches 18 universal codes of ethics in its 18 ayas.
Effat University's Code of Ethical Conduct draws on the teachings of Islam. The Code is also influenced by the philosophy of the founder of Effat University, Queen Effat Al Thunayyan (God rest her soul), who unceasingly sought to strike a balance between traditionalism and modernity, and the IQRA Core Values derived from the imperative 'read', the first word of the Quran revealed over 1400 years ago.
Since its establishment in 1999, Effat University's values have fostered stewardship, respect, care and attention for all its constituents. Our commitment to integrity, honesty and fairness in our operations - of which teaching, research and service to the community are considered an asset - has set us apart nationally and internationally as an institution seeking excellence in all its endeavours.
Drafting this holistic Code of Ethical Conduct is a crucial step towards the development of Effat University. Our mission is to advocate ethical conduct in the management of our academic, research and community service activities, as well as interactions with our stakeholders. Effat designated eight fundamental pillars that constitute its code of ethical conduct and named them 'Tarbawyyat Effat'. These pillars are regulatory measures and crucial to the University's progress as it competes for academic excellence in today's highly competitive higher-education environment.
First Pillar: تقوى (Ţaqwã) Piety
Second Pillar: آداب (Ādab) Knowledge, Manners and Outreach
Third Pillar: رعاية (Ri'ayya) Nurturing
Fourth Pillar: بنيان مرصوص (Bunyan Marsūs) Cooperation and Collaboration
Fifth Pillar: وسطية (Wasaţya) Tolerance and Moderation
Sixth Pillar: يسر (Yusr) Modesty and Ease
Seventh Pillar: أمانة (Amanah) Ethics and Integrity
Eighth Pillar: توجيه (Tawğyh) Guidance