PUBLIC GOODS

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One also has obligations as a member of a larger family (i.e., society and the state of residence). In the economic sphere, one pays taxes that the government then redistributes in the collectivity’s interest. Tax rates differ according to the sources of income. Interestingly, the Qur’an, which gives precise directions about budgetary expenditure, contains no rules or rates of the income for the state. While scrupulously respecting the practice of the Prophet and his immediate successors, this silence may be interpreted as allowing the government to change the rules for income according to circumstances and in the people’s interest.

 

Senturk, Omer Faruk. “Charity in Islam” Tughra Books Press. January 2007.