Publication date

1st November 2009


Mamoun Abu Arqub



Islamic Imperatives to Curb Corruption and Promote Sustainable Development


Corruption can be triggered by forms of institutional inefficiency; bureaucracy, political instability, and weak legislative and judicial systems (Mauro, 1998:12). It affects governance and the effectiveness of public services; it affects infrastructure and development priorities, and it undermines the principles of justice, equality and accountability, deepening institutional inefficiency. This leads to a distortion of social harmony, trust, ethics and the value system of society. The paper begins by presenting the implications and definition of corruption, it then explores the relationships between the concepts of justice, corruption and accountability in Islamic teachings and how these oblige Muslims to fight corruption and advocate for sustainable development. Finally, the paper highlights the implications of this on Muslim charities working in international development.



Arqub, M (2009). Islamic Imperatives to Curb Corruption and Promote Sustainable Development. Islamic Relief Worldwide, Birmingham, [Online] Available:


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