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islamic and christian teachings on wealth and poverty

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PART Ai - CHRISTIAN TEACHINGS ON WEALTH AND POVERTY Christians believe that money or wealth can be used in two different ways; there are good things such as buying food for the poor or donating money to a charitable organisation or it can be used for bad things like weapons or drugs. Many biblical teachings say that if people act wrongly or have the wrong attitude towards money it can direct them away from god. In the parable of the rich fool (Luke 12:13-21) Jesus told a story about a rich farmer who had a splendid harvest and decided to build bigger barns in which to store his extra grain. When he had done this he thought to himself "you have plenty of good things laid up for many years' take life easy; eat, drink and be merry. However, that night he died, and had no chance to enjoy his wealth. The bible has many readings and passages about wealth and poverty at first glance the Bible seems to teach that wealth is wrong for Christians. It appears even to disapprove of the wealthy at all. Both Jesus taught against wealth and materialism prophets also done this and some said true believers cannot have wealth if this is true then nearly everyone in MEDC's are wealthy by the bibles standards. ...read more.

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PART Ai - MUSLIM TEACHINGS ON WEALTH AND POVERTY Islam teaches that wealth is something that is blessed by god for the benefit of humanity and is to be shared. Islam teaches that Muslims have a duty to provide for themselves and their families. Nevertheless Muslims should only make money in lawful and moral ways. Muslims should not be involved in businesses that have anything to do with gambling alcohol nor with businesses that exploit people such as the sex or pornography trade. When working under the influence of an employer they should work fairly and honestly when Muslims run a self managed business they should not be involved with the charging of interest they should also treat employers as they would like to be treated and they should never try to cheat customers. As a Muslim, there are many responsibilities they have to undertake the one in their lifetime. Muslims believe that god made Adam, as his khalifa (steward) to look after the earth for him. This means that Muslims have to look after their environment and they also have to look after the people of the earth. This means that things should be shared out fairly which is a communist idea. This is very important to Muslims, as they believe that on judgement day god is going to judge them on how well they have performed as stewards. ...read more.

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"No, O Messenger of Allah," he said. "Then perhaps you were apprehensive about some of your wealth flying away to him?" "No, O Messenger of Allah." "Or you feared that your clothes would become dirty if he touched them?" "No, O Messenger of Allah." "Then why did you draw yourself and your clothes away from him?" The rich man said: "I admit that was the most undesirable thing to do. It was an error and I confess my guilt. Now to make amends for it I will give away half of my wealth to this Muslim brother so that I may be forgiven." Just as he said this, the poor man rose and said, "O Prophet of Allah, I do not accept this offer." People present were taken by surprise, they thought that the poor man was a fool, but then he explained: "O Prophet of Allah, I refuse to accept this offer because I fear that I might then become arrogant and treat my Muslim brothers the way he did to me." I think that this is a good teaching that defines most Muslim attitudes towards wealth it basically means that in Islam wealth is thought of as nothing compared to being good to god and following gods commandments in Islam life is thought of as a test and we are judged in the end and if we have passed we go to heaven. Muslims are expected to give a percentage of their earnings to charity. ...read more.

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