I recognize that I have a responsibility to read, understand, and follow the Standards and Code of Ethics established by ISNA Chaplaincy Services.
I look to the Qur’an, the Prophetic model, authentic traditions, and established scholarly opinions to promote spirituality, goodness, compassion and justice. I will do my best to relate Islamic values and teaching to daily events.
I am committed to continue my Islamic and professional education to be better equipped to serve people and perform my duties. I will maintain high standards of educational and professional competence, and will actively strive to develop my knowledge and skills as a Muslim chaplain.
I recognize the boundaries of my competence, and will refer questions and matters that fall outside my religious and professional competency to others. I will seek the advice of the ISNA Chaplaincy Services in matters that have implications to the larger Muslim American Community
Personal Integrity, Development, and Trust
I will actively pursue my Islamic faith development and enrichment. I will seek not only personal integrity but also an integration of faith, work, and lifestyle.
I will maintain self-discipline as a Muslim in such ways as establishing regular prayer and required worship obligations, endeavoring to maintain wholesome family relationships, and engaging in educational and recreational activities that promote professional and personal development. I will seek to maintain good health habits.
I will hold in trust Islamic traditions and practices, and pledge to not exploit my authority and position to advance my own interest at others’ expense.
I will show personal love for, and fear of, God in my life and work, as I strive together with my colleagues to preserve the dignity, maintain the discipline, and promote the integrity of the profession to which we have been called.
I recognize the special power afforded me as an endorsed chaplain. I will never use that power in ways that violate the personhood of another human being, religiously, emotionally or sexually. I will use my office only for that which is best for the persons in my care..
General Attitude and Relationships
I understand as a Muslim chaplain in a multi-religious society that I must work along side chaplains of other faith traditions, promoting a fair and pluralistic environment.
I will personally respond to persons of other faith traditions who seek my service and counsel with the same respect and attention I give to members of my own faith tradition. I will seek to ensure equity of treatment and the well-being of those entrusted to my care.
I will promote dialogue rather than monologue in my teaching and counsel, understanding that the nature of counsel and advice is interactive, done with people rather than to people. I will invite engagement with others in my care, rather than passive receptivity, by asking for and listening to feedback
I will strive to understand and recognize the diverse cultural backgrounds of the people soliciting or receiving my counsel and advice. I will not condone or engage in discrimination based on age, color, culture, disability, ethnic group, gender, race, religion, marital, or socio-economic status.
I recognize my Islamic obligation to refrain from any sexual relationship outside the institution of marriage, and will not engage in sexual intimacies with persons seeking my counsel and assistance. I will avoid situations that might lead to a sexual relationship or result in sexual harassment.
I will work collegially with chaplains of other faiths, and will respect the beliefs and traditions of my colleagues and those to whom I counsel and serve. When conducting services of worship that include persons of other than my religious body I will attempt to draw upon those beliefs, principles, and practices that we have in common.
As a supervisor I will respect the practices and beliefs of each chaplain under my supervision. In recognition of their right to believe and practice their religion I will and exercise care not to require of them any service or practice in violation of their faith tradition.
I will seek to support all colleagues in ministry by building constructive relationships wherever I serve, both with the staff where I work and with colleagues throughout the military environment.
I will defend my colleagues against unfair discrimination on the basis of gender, race, religion, or national origin.