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Poverty in Islam

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Poverty in Islam I personally think that there should be rich people in the world as well as poor people. This enables the rich to support the poor through Sadaqah and Zakah. Through a Muslim point of view, there can be rich people, but they must help the poor because the Prophet said: 'None of you believes until he wishes for his brother what he wishes for himself.' From the times gone by of the Muslims we know that there can be wealthy people, even if there is poverty in the world. Many of the companions of the Prophet were very rich, but they were very generous with their wealth. They helped the poor and needy by giving away much of their wealth. They also donated a great deal for Islam, for example they donated money etc to Jihad and other battles in the history of Islam. In the Battle of Tabuk, many of the Companions of the Prophet generously gave their wealth in order to help the Muslims provide for the battle and in return they got reward for doing so. The wealth they have been blessed with is from Allah. For this reason they have a duty to help the poor because this is a responsibility they have been given. Some other people think that the rich should not help the poor because they are lazy and not very hardworking. This is true in the sense that the rich work hard to earn their wealth, so they deserve the reward they get for the hard work, but they must consider the situation ...read more.

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favours you enjoyed" This basically means that on the day of judgement you will be asked on what you spent your wealth What does Islam Say About Zakah & Charity? Wealth is a gift from god and it shouldn't be abused because it could be taken away and replaced by you being poor, that is why there are numerous ways to help poor people by giving part of your wealth to them to help them overcome some of their troubles, we can do this by donating money to charity companies such as Muslim Aid. First of all as members of the Muslim ummah we have the duty to be responsible for each other. As a result, we should donate money to our Muslim brothers and sisters in need. It was stated in the Prophet Muhammed's (pbuh) last sermon "All mankind is from Adam and Eve, an Arab has no superiority over an non-Arab nor a non-Arab has a superiority over an Arab; also white has no superiority over black nor a black has any superiority over white except by piety and good action. Learn that every Muslim is a brother to every Muslim and that the Muslims constitute one brother hood" It is stated in the Quran, "Those who in charity spend of their goods by night and by day, in secret and in public, have their reward with their lord." This basically means that the people who give charity in the way of Allah while not showing off shall be rewarded greatly by Allah. ...read more.

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These actins could be things like giving a smile to another Muslim for the sake of Allah or remove a harmful object from street or road. These actions are also accepted as charities by Allah for people who are unable to pay Zakah. Riba/Interest: In Islam, Interest is Haram. Interest is when a person borrows a certain amount of money from a bank for example and obviously will pay it back. However, when interest is taken the bank will ask you to pay more back. e.g. A person borrows one hundred pounds from a bank and the bank will ask him to pay back one hundred and ten pounds in return. This is where a loss is made this is Haram. It is stated in the Quran, "And if ye do not then be warned of war (against you) from Allah and his messenger. And if ye repent, then ye have your principal (without interest). Wrong not and ye shall not be wronged." This basically means that the person who takes interest is making a war or struggle against himself even though he has been warned by Allah and his Messenger. So I come to the conclusion that there are many ways to pay charity in Islam. These ways can affect the way rich and poor people live. If the rich people fulfil there duties to pay charities they can then be able to get rid of their greed for more. This can also help them to be humble. Furthermore, if the rich people can fulfil their duties then the poor people will also be able to benefit by receiving the charity paid by the rich people provided they keep their patience. ...read more.

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