Social Welfare in the Religions of Subcontinent a Critical Study

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Bibliographic Information
Journal Al-Basirah
Title Social Welfare in the Religions of Subcontinent a Critical Study
Author(s) Rahman, Atiq ur
Volume 5
Issue 1
Year 2016
Pages 39-52
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Keywords Social welfare, Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, charity
Chicago 16th Rahman, Atiq ur. "Social Welfare in the Religions of Subcontinent a Critical Study." Al-Basirah 5, no. 1 (2016).
APA 6th Rahman, A. u. (2016). Social Welfare in the Religions of Subcontinent a Critical Study. Al-Basirah, 5(1).
MHRA Rahman, Atiq ur. 2016. 'Social Welfare in the Religions of Subcontinent a Critical Study', Al-Basirah, 5.
MLA Rahman, Atiq ur. "Social Welfare in the Religions of Subcontinent a Critical Study." Al-Basirah 5.1 (2016). Print.
Harvard RAHMAN, A. U. 2016. Social Welfare in the Religions of Subcontinent a Critical Study. Al-Basirah, 5.

Abstract

Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism are among the major religions of Sub-continent. The present study highlights the fact that public welfare is preached by all of these religions. Giving alms for the sake of public welfare is an important part of various Hindu religious practices. The role of latest reformist movements is also worth mentioning along with the Hindu literature related with social well-being. Arya Sam฀j movement did many activities for the welfare of people. The founder of Buddhism made efforts for the betterment of mankind and used his religion and teachings to propagate public welfare. Buddhism rejected the caste system and played an important and effective role to minimize the sufferings of affected community. In this regard Islam rises to the highest pedestal as the topic of Holy Quran is Man. It focuses not only on the worldly success of man but also his success in the hereafter. Islam has gone a step ahead than other religions as the activities of public welfare are considered worship in it. The rights of human beings are given great importance and they are given no less importance than rights of Allah. Moreover, the Holy Prophet (S. A. W) took noteworthy steps for the welfare of whole mankind without any discrimination and these are highlighted in this paper. Islam also gives lineaments of the methods and modes of public welfare and goes beyond the other Semitic and non-Semitic religions in this regard. This paper explores and highlights the measures taken by the mentioned religions in a comparative manner and also proves that Islamic concept of social welfare is not only limited to human beings but it also enfolds other living beings and even plants. Islam provides a complete road map of public welfare. Islamic society not only progresses financially but it also focuses on spiritual, ideological and social progress. The aim of social welfare cannot be achieved unless equilibrium is maintained between rights and duties. Islam not only stresses on the rights of the weak but also safeguards the rights of the rich.

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