Economic Concepts of Ibn Taymiyyah by Abdul Azim Islahi

By Abdul Azim Islahi

This can be a examine of the commercial suggestions of an Islamic student at the position of the nation within the economic system, public finance, cash, curiosity, costs, partnership, revenue sharing and different financial concerns, suggested and analyzed of their old context.

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38 3. Trade (a) Internal trade Egypt and Syria were centres of trade and commerce long before the advent of Islam. They maintained fully their centuries-old characteristics in the age of the Mamluks. The Sultan facilitated internal trade as well as foreign trade. Every city of Egypt and Syria had a market. Ibn Bat(ii(ah writes: 'Travellers on the Nile need take no provisions with them. '82 He further writes that on the Nile there are thirty-six thousand boats belonging to the Sultan and his subjects, which sail upstream to Upper Egypt and downstream to Alexandria and Damietta laden with goods and profitable merchandise of all kinds.

4 Ibn Taimiyah was barely seventeen when the Qa<;li al-Maqdisi authorized him to issue fatwii (legal ruling). The Qa<;li remembered with pride that it was he who had first permitted an intelligent and learned man like lbn Taimiyah to give fatwii. 5 At the same age he started delivering lectures. When he was thirty, he was offered the office of Chief Justice, but refused, as he could not persuade himself to follow the limitations imposed by the authorities. 6 Ibn Taimiyah remained a confirmed bachelor.

Here is a brief account of his war deeds, a crucial aspect of his life. 1 . Participation in jihad In 1300, the Mongols under their king Ghazan invaded Syria and defeated the Sultan's army. Ibn Taimiyah, by this time well-known, flung himself into the stream of affairs, while the religious divines and saints were leaving Damascus to take refuge in Egypt. There were disturbances everywhere. 15 Ibn Taimiyah did his best to restore order in the city; together with the remaining 'ulama' he met the Mongol chief, II-Khan Ghazan.

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