Islamic identity and religious support system for Muslim homelessness
Identiti Islam dan sokongan agama terhadap gelandangan Muslim
Keywords:Islamic Identity, Religiosity, Support system, Homeless, Authorities
Approach and effort to strengthen the Muslim identity who are dealing with the social issue by developing a balanced attitude and behaviour within homeless circles are found to be less effective because of personality traits and religious factors. Identity crisis due to static thinking and lower resilience does give rise to homeless clusters. Thus, this writing is aiming at identifying factors that are found significant to the rise in homelessness in Kuala Lumpur. This study applies a qualitative method using a thematic approach in data analysis. The data collection method is according to the observation of the homeless and unstructured interviews with 10 informants who are Muslim homeless to construct relevant data. The findings of the study indicate the establishment of the identity concept for those who encounter social problems, especially those who are homeless is less effective. Such shortcomings are attributed to the misconception of religious aspects and Islamic belief (‘aqīdah) that hinder the implementation from the Muslim perspective in terms of basic practice in their life. Psycho-religious support among the same social groups also contributes to no change in their life. Besides, negative thinking and loafing around, which are deemed normal, have a significant connection with the homeless phenomenon. This study has theoretical implications for the development of a better identity for homeless groups. This can help the authorities to carry out more effective initiatives to help the homeless in Malaysia in its entirety.
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