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Title:Evaluation of market practices in south-western Nigeria in the light of 'Kitabu-l-buyu?' in Al-Jazairi's 'Minhajul-Muslim'
Authors:Kareem, Muritala Kewuyemi
Bello, Khalid Ishola
Year:2013
Periodical:Journal of Oriental and African Studies
Volume:22
Pages:155-173
Language:English
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:Islamic law
market vendors
sales
ethics
Abstract:A survey was conducted among 500 market vendors on markets in Ibadan, Osogbo, Abeokuta, Akure and Lagos (south-western Nigeria) to examine whether market practices were in line with the Shari'ah, using the guidelines of the 'Minhajul-Muslim' (also known as 'The way of the Muslim') as a reference. Its author is Shaykh Abubakr al-Jazairi, an Islamic scholar born in Algeria in 1921 and a regular lecturer at the Prophet's Mosque in Medina, Saudi Arabia. It was found that the majority of the respondents (98%) agreed to allow transparency by describing the nature (qualities) of their goods before selling. Many sellers (63%) considered packaging of the goods as part of their duty without any extra charge. Most sellers (68%) agreed to allow the buyers to accept or reject the sales even after they might have been concluded, provided the quality and quantity of the goods sold have not been altered by the buyers, while 75% agreed to accept reasonable complaints on the concluded sales within a justifiable period. Some practices are condemned in the Minhaj included mixing standard goods with substandard ones (80%) and interference by third parties (this refers to the practice of 'baranda'). Bibliogr., ref., sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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