Adequate Study and Application of Islamic Law: A Mechanism for National Advancement in Nigeria in the 21st Century

International Journal of Research and Innovation in Social Science (IJRISS) | Volume II, Issue XI, November 2018 | ISSN 2454–6186

Adequate Study and Application of Islamic Law: A Mechanism for National Advancement in Nigeria in the 21st Century

Dr. Lawal Abdulkareem

 Department of Islamic Studies, Faculty of Arts and Islamic Studies, Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto, Nigeria

Abstract: – It is an undisputable fact that laws made by man are full of selfishness, injustice and ignorance. Many loopholes can be detected in such laws because man is not perfect in his foresight and knowledge. The operation of regional self-rule introduced in the McPherson constitution of 1954, is a clear testimony to this. That constitution brought forward a number of situations which made Nigerians start to feel they were ethnically different. Thus, the seeds of the ethnic problems were planted in the fertile soil of regionalism since the country’s independence in 1960. The subsequent legal systems that were/are being operated during both military and civilian administrations have only led to increases in crime-rate, in broken- homes, in mental diseases, in chaos and confusion. Why? This is because these laws are man -made. Nigeria is therefore in need of a standard legal system which can guarantee peace, justice, harmony and stability among people. A legal system, which is free from selfishness or constant changes and amendment. And above all, a legal system that covers everything needed for national advancement especially in this 21st century. Undoubtedly, the only legal system, which possesses the qualities mentioned above, is the Islamic law. This is because, it is a way of life prescribed by Allah, the Almighty. It never collides with man’s natural disposition, nor prevents him from having material advancement or moral perfection. Islamic law is also relevant to all periods and provides solutions to all problems. Hence, Islamic law is a mechanism for national advancement in this present millennium. Thus, this paper is an attempt to examine the significance of adequate study and application of Islamic legal system for the progress and development of Nigerian citizens.

Keywords: Adequate Study, Islamic Law, Mechanism and National Advancement.

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