Charity and Social Welfare: Integrating Islamic Perspective’
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The 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria especially Section 14, Subsection 2(b) indicates that 'the social security and welfare of its people shall be the primary purpose of the government'. Charity in form of voluntary alms giving called sadaqat and obligatory gifts tagged zakat are integral parts of Islamic religion. The concerns of the paper, relying on the relevant Quranic verses, is how far has the Muslims put into these pristine religious prescriptions into practice and how has the welfare of the adherents been transformed using the lens of these prescriptions? The paper contends that charities and welfare programmes should aim at promoting social change, justice and human development. It should liberate individuals, families, groups and communities from the shackles of poverty, social quagmire and enhance social functioning.
Charity , Social Welfare , Integration , Islamic Perspective , Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
Fatai A. Badru (2020). ‘Charity and Social Welfare: Integrating Islamic Perspective’ in Bidmos, M.A and Musa, I.A (Eds)(2020): Practical Perspectives in Integrated Knowledge, IIIT, South West Nigeria Integrated Knowledge Series Lagos: University of Lagos Press and Bookshops Ltd. Chp 9: Pp 151-168