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Islamic accountability and waqf towards achieving equitable distribution of wealth within the Islamic economic framework

Hassan, Rusni and Salman, Syed Ahmed (2018) Islamic accountability and waqf towards achieving equitable distribution of wealth within the Islamic economic framework. International Journal of Islamic Economics and Finance Research, 1 (1). pp. 2-11. E-ISSN 2636-9419

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Abstract

The creation and distribution of wealth is a daily activity that we face. There are different ways and approaches in handling issues related to wealth. From the Islamic perspective, economic activities should be solved based on the Shari’ah. It is because we are indebted to Allah for bringing us into this existence and for entrusting us with the resources. Allah is the Creator of everything, including us. Hence, He is the absolute Owner while humans have only delegated ownership as the trustees of Allah. Since humans are not the real owners of the resources; rather they need to utilize the resources entrusted according to the will of the Allah. Humans are also accountable for any misuse of resources which is against the will of the real Owner. In order to discharge the responsibility as trustees of Allah in an accountable manner, humans need to meet the objective of Islamic economics, i.e. to achieve socio-economic justice. In addition, Islam encourages charity and donations, whereas waqf is one way of charity to show gratitude to Allah for what He has bestowed upon us. Waqf can fill the need of the society by providing free education, health services and others. It plays a significant role in achieving the objective of Islamic economy. Therefore, the aims of the paper are to highlight how economic problems are solved in the light of Shari’ah and to what extent waqf can play an important in uplifting the wellbeing of the society. The research method of this paper is based on library research. It is written solely based on secondary data, such as articles, books and online resources. This paper will be to the interest of researchers, donators, regulators and the public in general.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 1525/69324
Uncontrolled Keywords: Islamic economics, Islamic accountability and Waqf
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HG Finance > HG3368 Islamic Banking and Finance
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Institute of Islamic Banking & Finance (IIiBF)
Depositing User: Dr Rusni Hassan
Date Deposited: 18 Jan 2019 09:30
Last Modified: 06 Nov 2019 20:38
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/69324

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