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HISBAH. The word hisbah literally means "sum" or "reward." Technically, however, it connotes the state institution to promote what is proper and forbid what is improper (al-amr bi-al-ma'ruf wa-al-nahy `an almunkar). Although the Qur'an visualizes every Muslim in roles that lead to the propagation of good and the suppression of evil (surah 3.110), the state is empowered to institute arrangements to oversee the implementation of this injunction (surah 3.104). The function of hisbah, therefore, con ...more

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