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Is Sharia The Cause Of Under-Development In The North?

is sharia the cause of underdevelopment in the north

most states that have adopted sharia are underdeveloped and poverty ridden. it is so terrible that northern governors have to CRY out what a shame??

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You are linking concepts that have no causal links. There are a wide range of nations/civilisations that have or have had some measure of equity,guaranteed services and welfarism in the absence of Sharia. Where the causal link with Sharia lies can't be seen.

A nation without democracy, human rights, accountability of the top leaders,e.t.c can't be called equitable. One can say that given the relative wealth of these states, their citizens should be even wealthier than they currently are, were it not for the sheikhs creaming off billions of petro-dollars to buy football clubs in Manchester,yatchs and villas in Monaco,e.t.c

Interest free financing has limited viability in business. If not, the Muslim world and Muslim businesses will be the pace setters in business.

Predictable cultural environment? In what sense, what does an unpredictable cultural environment look like? The fundamental thing is that you are mistaking correlation for causation. You see wealth and Sharia in the Gulf and see causality, I don't. There is absolutely no evidence for it.

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To a large extent their kind of Sharia guarantees some measure of equity,guaranteed services,welfarism(certainly linked to gov receipts !) etc. Also it has a big impact on interest free financing which is good for business. We can't also completely seperate a stable/predictable cultural environment from business successes.

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islamic religion is a religion of darkness and dark minds in my book. every where they are world wide is darkened by poverty and under development. dont come here telling me kuwait, dubai and saudi pls

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It hasn't ''contributed'' either. These nations are wealthy inspite of, not because of, Sharia.

There is little basis for comparing a nation of 140 million to Gulf emirates with mickey mouse populations. Their leaders are as corrupt as ours. Actually, it is remarkable that wilth all their wealth, they are not noted for any technological/scientific acheivements.

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contributed.

We equally have large hydrocarbon deposits,agreed larger population,but Sharia govs&Emirs(tho' a recent phenomenom here) don't live the priciples of Sharia !

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Sharia hasn't led to ''great things'' in the Gulf. Prodigious amounts of hydrocarbon and tiny populaces has.

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Sharia has lead to great things in other countries(esp the Gulf) except Nigeria.

Thei leaders deliberately make their countries safe ,habitable etc,but Nigeria's emirs don't give. . . . .  . .

& like someone says illiteracy is a big problem. By God's grace Nigeria will Never be divided,we will live together & get out of this mess together,but we need the buy-in of our very powerful Northern elite(led by the Emirs). They must realise stealing and capitalising on religion,illiteracy,Almajiri isn't going to take the country anywhere !!!

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Sharia is not the cause na mainly Northern stupidity and ignorance. Lack of ingenuity. but they are about to make Sharia one of the causes. The more they push for it the non-muslims will protest, there will be more riots and destructions, then Southerners, investors will not want to come back to those violent areas.

They are their worst enemies.

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@namun

is sharia practiced in niger delta?

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@game rod,

its ur opinion

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@muza,

i dont know how much education, u have, but if you have had much, u would beable to differentiate an assumption from a question. the question is "is sharia the, "

please read clearly next time

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Ethics, moral, spirit etc?

I would like to know the reason why northerners are getting visa to the US, UK, Australia, etc but the southerners re denied nowadays, bcoz dis guyz hav understand who are the main people from Nigeria causin problems in their countries its nw k coz we hav al d qualities u listed above

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L O L

I shall not dye of laffter on this blog. L O L

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Auwal,

You are precisely a testimony to the charge that Sharia is a cause of under-development in North. Defend Sharia and the North and stop flashing monuments of steel, bricks and cement as evidence of development. Development of symbolic monuments and structures is not the same as the development of the human spirit. Sharia does not talk about building malls and skyscrapers, but it does address the welfare, education, discipline, relationships and many other apsects of the human moral, ethics, and spirit. How has the practice of Sharia, under the context I just described helped the North, or anywhere else, develop its people - not buildings?

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@GettysBurg

The same people (Engineers, Architects) are employed anywhere in the world, even in Nigeria, many government projects, you will see them floating around. But they are not blamed for Nigeria's woes. But now, because these are Arab and Muslim countries, you will put the credit of their development to the Engineers and Architects. But know that they will not come and do it for free, they are paid, that is why they are doing it.

If these countries were unsuccessful like Nigeria, the first people you will blame are their Rulers, but now that they are successful, the credit is not theirs, it is for the Engineers and Architects. I wonder the kind of life people like you are living in. For HATING the TRUTH in anyway it comes. Na WAO for you!

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Haba Auwal. Anybody that has been to Dubai will tell you that the construction in Dubai is largely driven by the west.

By that I mean that all the top positions in construction companies are all westerners from UK, Germany, USA and the likes.

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@poster

It is not because of sharia, it is because of your extremely wide pu ssie.

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Did you read that I said "modern development"?

Do you notice how all you make references to are the 12th and 13th century?

That's why I made specific use of the word "modern"

Islam sees modern eduction as Christian education so there is disdian for modern education.

It's changing in some countries like Qatar, so hopefully things would improve.

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SORRRY, But there is no ONE single CHRISTIAN holding the UAE PASSPORT!!! 100% of UAE Nationals are MUSLIMS!!! KNOW THIS, OKAY, Residents of the other Arab countries are mostly from Egypt, Morocco, Algeria, and other neighboring countries like Qatar, Oman, Bahrain, Saudia, etc. Major residents also includes India who have only small business operations like coffee shops, grocery stores, etc, while the Pakistanis take up the Taxi jobs.

BUT there is NO single JOB of high reputation in the UAE that is undertaken by a non MUSLIM!!!

Every source knows that 100% of the Gulf Religion are Muslims!!!

ISLAM is the Way!

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This is a funny statement considering that Northern Nigeria was running on a deficit and subsidized by Southern Nigeria prior to the amalgamation of 1914. you my friend are delusional.

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@papabrowne

This statement I would excuse you for because i feel it is out of your non awareness or ignorance of the faith. How would you think Islam de emphasizes quality education when it is exactly the opposite. If ur not aware the early great scientist of the 12th,13th century were muslim scholars. If you study the history of mathematical progression you would find many of the mathematical breakthrough were by muslim scholars e.g Logarithm, algebra etc. Even in the field of chemistry alcohol is derived from arabic. The watch and compass we use today were invented by muslim scholars of the early time. The Numerals 123 are dcalled arabic numeral which the muslims developed having learnt similar things from indians during their travels.

Aquatic navigation techniques were devloped by the muslims of spain iabt 700 hundred years ago.

islam encourages education and the prophet (PBUH) said u should seek knowledge even as fasr as china if you would find it there. Pls dont associate the greed and lack of vision of some northeners to Islam as this people are just shameless and selfish individuals. Great northerners Like Ahmadu Bello, Tafawa Balewo developed the north to a great extent at independence, Ahmadu Bello built several instiututuions acroos the norther region, built the university ABU just with sales of groundnut.

When talking of sharia there is no muslim country in the world today practising the sharia in its whole form. Some countries have incoroporated aspects of sharia but not in the whole form so there is no yardsick of comparing a shariah government and development.

The first words of the quran that was revealed was "READ READ READ" . This is nothing but telling man that education is key to knowing God.

It would be interesting for your to study the level of freedom in China and you would be shcoked at the ultra reperesiveness of the Chinese govt and great media censure. however China remains on the track towards becomin a superpower.

i beleive all nations are not same and nations should adopt whatever would suit them and thier people and not just blind follow the west.

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I am from the south but i dont fancy ethnic or tribal bigotry. Looting and ill gotten wealth has no tribe , race or ethnicity. It is the only things that nigerians are united in. Notherners have looted, southerners have looted and even the Niger deltans have looted. The south south governor Ibori and Odili were arguable the wosrt looters of the last administration. The south west governors like Daniel are still looting and Ogun state bad roads are increasing. The norther governors as well continue in the looting.

Pls lets be objective and rise above ethnicity and tribal sentiments. Our generation needs detribalised Nigerians!!!

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The poster's question is straightforward and simple.

Is Sharia the cause of underdevelopment in the north? The answer would be a big No, since underdevelopment predates Sharia in the North.

If the question is : Is there any correlation between the religion of Islam and  modern development?

Then, worldwide statistics would most likely prove it to be yes.

The only developed Muslim countries in the world are either non-sharia states or have more non muslims than muslims.

Two Countries I would mention would be Malaysia and UAE.

Malaysia doesn't practice sharia while Dubai's(UAE) non-muslim population is should be over 70%.

So while Sharia or Islam may not be the direct cause of underdevelopment in the north, the fact that the religion de-emphasizes the essence of quality education, in my opinion is the main cause of underdevelopment & poverty in Northern Nigeria &  Islamic countries.

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what about the alajiris in the north?

how many lynchings go on in the whole of lagos state compared to the religious riots?

thousands of people log on to this site everyday and for the sake of non nigerians pls dont join other tribal bigots and make unreasonable statements like these

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Northern Nigeria is a very good example that any ill gotten wealth will never make you prosper. They couldn't raise their heads above the mud even after 40 straight years of massive looting(an estimated $500BN), yet, they are the poorest in tropical Africa. I refuse to believe they were cursed from childhood. Lawd have mercy.

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I think you need to study history well, The wester european countries are more developed simply because in the 18th and 19th century even 20th century bulit their economies on stolen wealth from africa,asian and middle easten countries the colonised. Is that a good thing? Africa has been calling for reparation for a good time now but unto deaf ears.

Having said that post colonial countries strove heard to develop and i think its only in africa that this countries are not doing well. Malaysia got independence around the same time as Ghana and Nigeria but Malaysia is thought to be called a 1st world country in 15 years.Malaysia is a predominantly muslim country!! China and India are extremely on the back of the super power but none is a Christian country. China is predominantly Buddhist and has mor emuslims than christians , India is predominantly Hindu and has the 2nd or 3rd largest muslim population in the world.

The bottom line is religion shouldnt be used as a yardstick for governance here otherwise Nigeria should be the most developed country as Nigeria is the most religious country in the world. I remember a BBc programme 5 yrs ago that carried out this survey.

Lets debate objectively!!! Namun

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This list shows you all the president Chiefs of state and cabinet members of the United Arab Emirates

https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/world-leaders-1/world-leaders-u/united-arab-emirates.html

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@Post

I'll go with majority of the house on this one.

The vicious cycle of Illiteracy and corruption is the key cause of Nigerian underdevelopment (North, South, Niger Delta & every where in between .)

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@ dayokanu

Your sources are poor and outdated, check the latest from the CIA world factbook, and your eyez will drop to the ground.

This is a very big lie, Shariah is based on the doctrines of the Qur'an and Sunnah, it is never being manipulated by the leaders, even the leaders are in any way never favoured in Shariah. It is pure and simple.

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Sharia is definately not the cause. The Northern community for soo long has been set up in a way that there is no middle class. There is a vast and drastic gap between the rich and the poor and there is hardly any middle class in the North. The rich are extremely rich and the poor and extremely poor. The rich help each other, and the poor just look at the rich enjoy the best, But I think that in the North, religion brings people together than its impact in the South. But I agree with most on here, EDUCATION is the cause of the problem and not Sharia laws. In fact in the North, religion is more valued than education.

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sharia isnt the cause of underdevelopement in the north its a combination of ignorance and illiteracy coupled with the fact that it is not in the interest of the rich people there for their citizens to be educated and enlightened

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You might want to check Guinea and Cote D voire again Guinea according to wikipedia is 70% Moslem

when you correct those you have 7 failed Moslem states and 3 xtian countries.

You can now go into the list of prosperous countries

Ten Richest Countries (based on 2004 GNP per capita in US$)

Luxembourg , $56,380

Norway , $51,810

Switzerland , $49,600

United States , $41,440

Denmark , $40,750

Iceland , $37,920

Japan , $37,050

Sweden , $35,840

Ireland , $34,310

United Kingdom , $33,630

http://internationaltrade.suite101.com/article.cfm/world_s_richest_countries

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Rank Country GDP - per capita

1 Luxembourg $ 68,800

2 Equatorial Guinea $ 50,200

3 United Arab Emirates $ 49,700

4 Norway $ 47,800

5 Ireland $ 43,600

6 United States $ 43,500

7 Andorra $ 38,800

8 Iceland $ 38,100

9 Denmark $ 37,000

10 Austria $ 35,500

http://www.aneki.com/richest.html

How many of these are Moslem countries? Islam and Poverty are directly related!!!

The poorest states in Nigeria are the Moslem states

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The post question isnt right, Sidebar, I do not think sharia is an ideal form of governance in this modern era because it is being manipulated by the leaders to suppress the citizenry.

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Even the in some developing islamic states like saudi,the atmosphere is  highly conditional,still very oppressive,dictatorial  and one sided.Development is freedom,freedom of the mind and soul,free like a bird.

The royalties and the rest of the ruling class is using the religion to  keep the people blind.They are like pharoahs in ancient Egypt,meanwhile the oil belongs to the people,just like nigeria with a difference because they spend on infrastructures.

Religion following is for the weak and the propagators use it to hypnotize them.Be the teacher.

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@ JosBoy4Lif

The Poster claims all Islamic Countries are underdeveloped, which is a very BIG lie. You cannot separate religion with governance in this time, when even in the US (world's largest democracy) religion has a big influence in the country's way of governance.

Why the North is underdeveloped is the reason why all of Nigeria is underdeveloped, that is Corruption.

Only if Arewa is out of Nigeria, then you can claim Arewa is underdeveloped because of this or that, but now, because it is part of a PARTY called NIGERIA that is why it is underdeveloped.

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Please let us separate religion from state.

I even will go as far as to say that Emir's and Priest's should not get handouts from the government

Also those that want to go on Hajj to Mecca and Holy Pilgrimage to Jerusalem should go on their pocket books.

The government should embrace secularism and stop subsidizing this business called religion.

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fine, even if sharia is not the cause most islamic countries are not developed. u can not compare any islamic country development to the western world well maybe apart from UAE due to western influence

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@muza

haba, na wah oh u followed me to this place again. thank u. continue

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@poster

i think this question is very absurd. You should be aware of the history of Nigeria and know that underdevelopment has been in all parts of Nigeria since the days of the military especially since late 70s/early 80s. Like muza said is sharia the cause of underdevelopment in the Niger delta as well?

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They were underdeveloped before sharia. So, sharia is not the reason why they are underdeveloped. Illiteracy is the major reason for their woes.

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