FOUNDING PRINCIPLES OF ISLAMIC WELFARE STATE IN THE LIGHT OF SEERAH: AN APPLICATIONS IN PAKISTAN’S PERSPECTIVE
Keywords:Islamic state, Welfare state, Seerah, Pakistan, Methodology
Establishing an Islamic welfare state had been a burning discourse in classical and contemporary Islamic thought. Muslim scholars sketched out the principles, mechanism, infrastructure, and strategy to establish such state. This academic work was designed to explore the founding principles and best possible strategy in contemporary condition of Pakistan. As the Seerat of Holy Prophet (SAW) was a complete role model for the Muslims in all times, the researcher therefore tried to explore the Prophetic strategy of establishing the Islamic welfare state in Madinah and its application in contemporary times. Qualitative research approach was employed for the collection, analysis, and demonstration of data. The systematic review of literature and evidences from Seerah led to the conclusion that Holy Prophet (SAW) established the ideal Islamic welfare state in Madinah by promulgating four founding principles; Divine Guidance, Good Governance, Enjoining Good and Forbidding Wrong, and Gradualism. These principles were found equally beneficial for contemporary era in Pakistan. It is therefore suggested that state should realize its responsibility and implement these principles to establish an ideal, Islamic welfare state.