Critical Assessment of Isrāf (Wastefulness) on Socio-Religious Activities of Muslims in Mushin, Lagos State

  • Abdul Gafar Olawale Fahm Lecturer, Department of Religions, University of Ilorin, Nigeria
  • Islamiyyah Olabisi Yussuf Independent Researcher, Lagos, Nigeria
Keywords: Israf, Socio-religious, Muslims, Mushin, Wasatiyyah


Islamic teachings preach against Israf (wastefulness) and even more so when it takes place due to unnecessary rivalry and competitiveness. However, in some communities, Muslims engage in this practice, either consciously or unconsciously. This study establishes that the socio-religious activities of some Muslims in Mushin are an example of this practice. Using historical and descriptive approaches, it shows the effects of Israf on the development of the community as a whole and ways of curbing Israf among Muslims in Mushin. Moreover, the study suggests that the concept of Wasatiyyah (moderation) as enjoined in the primary sources of Islam is an important step in dealing with the menace. This paper has policy implications for institutions engaged in socio-economic development and Islamic spiritual values for society. The present study looks at the socio-religious implications of wastefulness in society and examines this from the bird’s eye view of Islam. This would serve as a basis for further exploration of issues of Islamic spiritual values and community development in contemporary Muslim societies.

How to Cite
Fahm, Abdul Gafar, and Islamiyyah Yussuf. 2020. “Critical Assessment of Isrāf (Wastefulness) on Socio-Religious Activities of Muslims in Mushin, Lagos State”. Journal of Islamic and Religious Studies 5 (2), 15-32.