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Outlining Muslim teachings on wealth and poverty and explain why there is a need for world development.

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Introduction In this coursework I will be outlining Muslim teachings on wealth and poverty and explain why there is a need for world development. As well as this I will be analysing and explain the work of one Muslim agency working for World Development Outline Muslim teachings on wealth and poverty A major principle of Islam is the belief that all things belong to Allah and that wealth is only giving held by human beings in trust. Life is a test in which one has the freedom of choice and responsibility. The test for the poor is to have patience and earn a living by lawful means. This will be rewarded be Allah. The test for the rich is greater. It involves realizing that wealth is a gift which must be used for doing good and sharing with the poor. The temptation to use it for the wrong purposes must be rejected. 'What will convey to you what the steep path is? It is to free a slave, to give food in the day of hunger to an orphan near of kin or to some poor wretch misery' (90:12-16) This Ayah emphasises the idea of living responsible and caring for others. This is why charity is a very important part of Muslim life and is recognised throughout the Muslim ummah. The ummah is multi-lingual, multi-racial and multi-cultural and what unites the ummah is the strength and support of the five pillars. ...read more.


Therefore Muslims instead help the poor out of charity-lending without interest. In conclusion Muslims must earn their living by Halal ways and should always bear in mind that whatever he does is known to Allah. The Islamic principle on wealth is that it is a test from Allah, and Muslims should purify themselves through sharing their wealth, (Zakah and other forms of charity). Explain why there is a need for world development In measuring the distribution of wealth, the world is usually divided into the developing and developed countries, often referred to as the First World and the Third World. The developed countries, of which the U.K is one, make up only 24% of the world population but receives 83% of the world's wealth. The poorest 20% only receive 1% of the wealth. As a global community we are dependant on each other yet there is injustice on a huge scale. An example is in some nations people are deprived from food whereas in other countries such as America people are becoming obese due to excess eating. There is a need for world development as according to the United Nations declaration, every human has a right etiquette of health and well being of himself and family including food, clothing, housing, medical care and necessary social services. There is also a reason for world development because of the constant disasters that strike. These are either man made problems such as hoarding of goods and necessities, war, misuse and exploitation of land and unlawful trading or natural disasters like the Tsunami earthquake, Hurricanes floods etc. ...read more.


This Hadith points at the fact that being rich does not mean to spend on needless extravagance, as Allah will question the way in which humans have spend their wealth. Islam recognises that it is man's nature to work hard for his rewards but Islam gives rules on how this is to be done as to preserve moderation In Islam a person has a right to his wealth provided this has been done the Halal way and giving Zakah. 'The best object of charity is that whch is given by a wealthy person' (Hadith) Therefore Muslims believe that provided Zakat has been paid, the money is purified and not to be used for any wrong purposes then the money is permissible to keep. Another point to consider is that world is an imbalanced place for a reason. Muslim believe it is a test from Allah. The poor can not be helped if there are no rich people. Islam aims to alleviate poverty at a global level in the world today and this can be done following the rules of Zakah, where the rich share their wealth with the poor. 'Do not shut your money bag; otherwise Allah too will withhold His blessings from you. Spend in as much as you can afford.' (Hadith) However one might argue In conclusion I do not agree with this statement. This is because Muslims believe that everything is given to us by Allah and this includes wealth. As long as the wealth is earned and given in a healthy way it is not forbidden Muslims to be rich. ...read more.

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