The main aim of this article is to rethink about poverty from an Islamic perspective through a critical analysis of the contemporary vision of poverty and poverty alleviation strategies that have been put forward by Muslim scholars. Generally, this article attempts to develop a fair, balanced, and holistic understanding of poverty and strategy for poverty alleviation from a religious perspective. More specifically, it has the following two objectives. First, to investigate the vision of poverty and strategies for poverty alleviation of contemporary Muslim scholars; and second, to analyze the strategies for poverty alleviation that have been considered as Islamic. In so doing, this article is divided into two main sections. The first paints the backdrop of the whole discussion by highlighting the contemporary vision of poverty and the contemporary “Islamic” strategies of poverty alleviation. The second delves into critical analysis of the contemporary “Islamic” strategies for poverty alleviation.
Indeed, this article is a preliminary groundwork that strictly focuses only on the understanding of the vision of poverty and strategies for poverty alleviation of contemporary Muslim scholars. It neither intends to provide a specific detailed redefinition of poverty, nor does it formulates the measurements for the identification of individuals infected by moral and spiritual poverty. An in-depth study on the redefinition of poverty and the measurements for the identification of such individuals—with the support of the verses from the Holy Qur’an, sayings of the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him), and works of classical scholars—need to be addressed meticulously in a separate paper.
As an effort to paint the backdrop of this article, the mainstream vision of poverty and the so-called “Islamic strategies” in poverty alleviation are discussed below. The former reflects the general perception of scholars on poverty while the latter shows how such a perception has shaped the strategies for poverty alleviation proposed by the Muslim writers.
Mainstream Vision of Poverty
Almost all Muslim scholars who write on poverty, irrespective of their ideological underpinnings, seem to dislike poverty. They do not only perceive poverty as having negative nature in itself but also implicate negative consequences to individuals, society, and nations. Poverty is regarded as being one of the worst problems in society (Nofal, 1984), as a dangerous social problem (al Qaradawi, 2002), as the most terrible social ills and main enemy to nation’s development planning (Abdullah, 1984), as a social time bomb (Fadhil, 1992), as one of the oldest enemies of mankind (Iqbal, 2002, p. 1), as the greatest evil (Huq, 1996
Social Problems Among Youth in Malaysia
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1.1 Background of the Study
The globalization makes the world become smaller and the communication between countries could be done easily due to advance technologies. World without barriers allows cultures from other countries influence the Malaysian especially the youths. There are good and bad cultures. The social problems emerged due to influences of the bad cultures from other countries. The youth cannot identify and analyze what are good and bad things.
Social problems among youth are prevalent in Malaysia highly. Young Malaysians who make up 60 percent of the population, they are future inheritors of a fully developed and modern Malaysia. Social problems are threatening the current and future direction of the nation.…show more content…
Therefore, it is important to study the social problems among youth in Malaysian and to prevent the social problems from spreading. The purpose of the study described in this research report was to identify the implications, to explore the main factors or causes of the social problems in Malaysia and to find out the solutions for the social problems among youth in Malaysia. One more purpose of this study is to find out the preventive measures to the social problems among youth in Malaysia.
1.4 Objectives of the Study
Generally, the objectives of this study are: 1.4.1 To help the local governments in curbing the social problems. 1.4.2 To investigate the anxiety levels of the youth about increasing rate of social problems nowadays. 1.4.3 To investigate the effects of social problems among youth in Malaysia in different aspects. 1.4.4 To provide suggestions and recommendations on the social problems among youth in Malaysia. 1.4.5 To know the risks will be faced if the social problems are keeping increase. 1.4.6 To enable the youth in realizing the effects of the social problems and the seriousness if the social problems are not well controlled. 1.5 Research Questions The research questions are: 1.5.1 What are the suitable ways to help the local governments in curbing the social problems? 1.5.2 How do the youth feel about the increasing rate of social problems nowadays? 1.5.3 What are the effects of social