Food Insecurity amid COVID-19 Lockdowns

The Phenomenology of Prophet Yūsuf ’s Food Security Model


  • Saheed Abdullahi Busari International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM)



Food Insecurity, COVID-19 Lockdown, Yusuf (a.s.) Model, Phenomenology Interpretation.


Food insecurity has been on the rise since the emergence of the first COVID-19 lockdown due to low income, unemployment, sickness and disability. This situation may snowball into a perpetual socio-economic crisis, triggering insecurity in health care and political instability in the society. For instance, the COVID-19 lockdown has affected access to food kitchens, food banks, school lunch programmes and other social food initiatives for the needy and poor in the society. Food insecurity deeply affects people without a stable job, single mothers with limited income and unemployed heads of households with young children. Against these backdrops, this study explores the phenomenological interpretation of Quranic exegeses on Prophet Yūsuf’s food security strategy and action plan. The study has found that modern Islamic socio-economic principles are congruent with the food security model of Yūsuf (a.s.) in terms of even distribution of wealth and avoiding wastage and hoarding of essentials, except for protecting the interests of the people and the market. The study extracts and interpolates Prophet Yūsuf’s food security model to modern Muslim societies.


Author Biography

Saheed Abdullahi Busari, International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM)

Assistant Professor at the Department of Fiqh & Usul al-Fiqh, Abdul Hamid Abu Sulayman Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences, the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM), Kuala Lumpur.


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How to Cite

Busari, S. A. (2021). Food Insecurity amid COVID-19 Lockdowns: The Phenomenology of Prophet Yūsuf ’s Food Security Model . IIUM Journal of Religion and Civilisational Studies, 4(2), 173–191.