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‘Public Duties in Islam’ by Ibn Taymiya – Book Review

Does what’s on the tin. Goes over what Islam says on public duties and how we’re to execute them in the best way possible. It may be a small book but it briefly covers everything from ‘price control’ to ‘crime and punishment’. It goes over duties of individuals, business owners and rulers (something which every Muslim needs to recap on regularly). When it covers certain topics it can be a little difficult because it uses a lot of Arabic and topical key terms but the difficulty will vary depending on your existing knowledge and let’s just say I have a lot to learn so that’s probably why I struggles at times.

It goes over different opinions and perspectives on matters and the author does discuss them and explains which way he thinks is best and why. But for an in-depth look at different opinions you will have to do your own research.

This book taught me quite a few things about public duties which I didn’t know about. With victims and prey to capitalism increasing everyday, what Islam says about the Ummah’s responsibility towards creating and maintaining a beneficial economy is very relevant. Islam also encourages us to speak out against evil and stand up for what’s right, when there’s so much injustice in the world and only a few are doing something about it, this part of Islam is something Muslims are clearly neglecting and this book helps to put the focus back on that.

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