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Christian and Muslim teachings on wealth and poverty

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Christian and Muslim teachings on wealth and poverty Christians believe that wealth is something that can be used for both good (such as feeding the starving) and bad such as (buying weapons for terrorists) so in itself money is not a bad thing, but the ways in which you use it can then be bad. There are many biblical teachings which show that if people have the wrong attitude to money, that wealth can lead them away from God. In the parable of the Rich fool a farmer had a splendid harvest and decided to build several huge barns to store everything in and once ...read more.

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Matthew 6:19-20. The Christian church has always taught that Christians have a duty to make money to provide for the poor. Christians should work honestly and fairly and never try to cheat customers. Islam teaches that wealth is something given by God for the benefit of humanity and is therefore something to be shared. Islam has always taught that a Muslim has a duty to make money for themselves and their family. Muslims must only gain money in lawful and moral ways and they should work honestly and fairly at all times. ...read more.

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This is very important because all Muslims believe that at the end of the world they will be judges by God on how well they have performed as his stewards. In Islam the sharing of wealth is not a choice it is something commanded by God in the religious pillar of Zakah. There's a hadith that says, 'Protect your property by giving Zakah and help your relatives to recover from disease by giving to charity.' Muslims pay Zakah annually on the basis of two and a half percent of all their savings and income above the level needed to keep their family going. They also pay a special Zakah to the poor on the festival of Id-Ul-Fit'r. Charlotte Cooper 4C ...read more.

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