Individualism & the destruction of community

Ilham Ibrahim An epidemic of loneliness and emptiness is sweeping across the Western world. Increasingly considered by doctors and policymakers as a public health concern, it is feared it could lead to a rise of numerous health problems, ranging from heart attacks to cancers.  Last year British Prime Minister Theresa May appointed a minister for loneliness, while a study by the Economist found in September found … Continue reading Individualism & the destruction of community

Towards an Islamic Discourse of Development

Sarah Bellal Competition in [worldly] increase diverts you, until you visit the graveyards. [102:1-2] While working towards the tazkiyyah of a society fraught with economic exploitation and hedonism, it is futile to try and combat these symptoms without interrogating the conditions from which they arose. Unfortunately, much of the discussion on Islamic economics has been relegated to Islamic finance and banking—in other words, a discussion … Continue reading Towards an Islamic Discourse of Development

Social Welfare: Between Capitalism & Islam

Aishah A. Welfare in Britain has had a long and tumultuous journey; from parishes and poorhouses to a pension for over 70s (when the average life expectancy was 48!), the social care system has taken many forms. Over the years the service has grown to include housing, Jobseeker’s Allowance, disability allowance, child benefits and other various pockets of social welfare depending on local councils and … Continue reading Social Welfare: Between Capitalism & Islam