An overview of the views of islam on social responsibility

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Article authored by Ali Jawad. When one sees another Muslim shirking a responsibility or performing a forbidden action, he has the obligation to correct him or her, according to the conditions mentioned in the books of jurisprudence.

There are many extremely important commands to perform social activities in Islam. He has been studying in the Islamic seminaries in Qom and Beirut since In a letter to the Governor of Egypt, Hazrat Ali reminds him of his duties towards those of little means for they are a responsibility for which he has to render account before Allah.

In addition to being a safe haven for the early Muslims, Medinite society is pictured as an emphatic contrast to the avaricious, materialistic and inward looking society of pre-Islamic Makkah.

Amongst the most striking aspects of early Medinite society are its social hallmarks of fraternity, generosity and compassion. People give all of the importance in the world to prayer, but do they even think about what is happening in the Islamic world? Islam is being introduced as a religion of the sword, as a terrorist religion, as a religion of fanaticism.

One of the most important social obligations that Muslims have is enjoining the good and forbidding the evil. He reverted to Islam at the age of In fact, wherever Islam entered during its earliest youth, the Middle Ages - especially as Western Europe knew this dark period in An overview of the views of islam on social responsibility history - simply ceased to exist.

In trying to explain to mankind what it means to be religious, to truly follow the sirat al-mustaqim, Allah makes it clear that piety basically comprises two dimensions. One cannot separate the Islamic social and political beliefs and commands from the purely theological and spiritual aspects of the religion.

He was the most cultured and concerned individual yet he had never been to school, only trained to speak good Arabic by living as an infant out on the desert, where they spoke the best Arabic in that era.

Such works are of no merit before God. For Muslims it also forms a contrast to the startling period when the Prophet Muhammad may Allah exalt his mention led his arid peninsula out of chaos, both political and social, into the leadership of the then known world. This process is the opposite of the great eighteenth-century movement, which was called the Enlightenment, when Western Europe and North America seemed to be shaking off their age-old prejudices.

According to surah 2: As individuals and communities, we must continuously strive to develop a clear-sight of the world reality that surrounds us. Would it be more important to perform a recommended prayer now or to think about what can be done to solve this tragic situation that is unfolding?

Muslims have the obligation to defend their faith now more than at any other time. Central to its memory is that of a community unified by its suffering, followed thereafter by its march towards a new destiny.

Other religions concentrate mostly on the individual — on individual spirituality and beliefs — while Islam concentrates on the society. For instance, we can give food to the homeless, we can help out in orphanages, we can defend the weak segments of society, we can stand up against racism, we can stand up against tyranny, we can educate the impoverished children, and so forth.

Indeed, mere prayer without concern for fellow human beings is hypocrisy. For instance, he says: I pray that Allah accepts all of our actions and raises us up with the Prophet and his Ahlul Bayt peace be upon them.

For example, every verse that commands men and women to pray to God also urges them to pay zakat, the obligatory charitable contribution that every Muslim must pay to provide for those who are poor and in need.

They are not arbitrary negatives that can be surgically isolated from a wider context. As Muslims we often overlook how embedded social connotations are in our lives.

Ali chose to speak about Islam and Social Responsibility at the Boston alumni dinner in November Allamah Tabatabai, for instance, states that the importance given to the society in Islam is what separates it from other religions. I want to enjoin the good and forbid the evil. We can openly, as Muslims, perform actions that are smiled upon in the society as well as in Islam to show people that Muslims are good people.

At the same time, this inner revolution must be in harmony with a conscious, outward fulfilment of social responsibilities. It is not righteousness that you turn your faces towards the East and the West, but righteous is the one who believes in Allah, and the Last Day, and the angels and the Book and the prophets and gives away wealth out of love for Him God to the near of kin and the orphans and the needy and the wayfarer and to those who ask and sets slaves free It means simply that Prophet Muhammad was not college trained, as we might expect him to be today; nevertheless he led his people formally and sincerely to a better way of life.

Whether this is because Western values are basically false or that some form of dry rot has infected our communications media, the fact remains that we are facing a real crisis throughout the Western world.

Business Ethics and Social Responsibility

In her book Islam: The Imam famously stated: Today our New World is helping to lift the dead hand, which opposed these concepts, and to spread the universal message of Islam.

The extensive humanitarian and social welfare activities of the Aga Khan Development Network are, thus, an expression, in our contemporary world, of concerns that are fundamental and integral to the faith of Islam.

Muslims have the obligation to defend their faith. Be humble before them, Ali urges him, and do not ignore them out of haughtiness and pride, a luxurious life should not keep you away from them".Islam was termed the 'Middle Nation' [Qur'an 2: ], the community which was to follow the happy and balanced medium in all matters, which was the stated aim of both Greek and Islamic society, and indeed of any moderate one.

is one and only one social responsibility of business – to use its resources and to engage in activities designed to increase its profit so long as it stays within the rules of the game, which is to say, engages in open and free competition without deception and fraud ”.

What Does Islam Say about Corporate Social Responsibility? Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki an overview of CSR doctrine and answers to why CSR has become such a and Section 5 provides a criticism of the Western views on CSR.

The Islamic alternativeto the Western theoreticalconstructs ofCSRandthe implications. Social Responsibility. Social responsibility and business ethics are often regarding as the same concepts.

Social Responsibility in Islam

However, the social responsibility movement is but one aspect of the overall discipline of business ethics. The concept of corporate social responsibility has a vast history and basic idea along with practice on CSR can be found from centuries ago in the Muslim world.

Social Responsibility as Explained in the Qur'an by Dr. Ali S. Asani Ali Asani (AKH ) was the recipient of one of His Highness the Aga Khan's personal scholarships while studying at Harvard.

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