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Title:The institution of 'waqf' as an instrument of peace and security in Nigeria
Author:Noibi, Mubarak AdemolaISNI
Periodical:Journal of Oriental and African Studies
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:Islamic law
property rights
poverty reduction
Abstract:The article examines the potential of the institution of Islamic endowment ('waqf') for alleviating poverty in Nigeria. The author argues that through its social function 'waqf' could go a long way in reducing crime in Nigeria. Under Shari'ah 'waqf' means a gift wherein the corpus is detained while the usufruct is set free. Detaining the corpus here means the prevention of the gift from being inherited, given out as a gift, sold, lent, mortgaged or rented out. 'Waqf' is an Islamic instrument for redistributing wealth in an Islamic economy. Its proceeds can be dedicated to the aged, children, water supply, poverty alleviation, Qur'an production and distribution, mosque building and maintenance, or orphan care. 'Waqf' has also been used for personal, political, and other purposes. Some 'awqaf' (plural of 'waqf') have a global reach such as the Direct Aid Association (Kuwait), the SAR charitable institution (Virginia, USA), and the International Islamic University of Malaysia (IIUM) Endowment Fund. Note, ref., sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]