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R.E Wealth and Poverty

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Introduction

A1- OUTLINE MUSLIM TEACHINGS ON WEALTH AND POVERTY Wealth and everything is a gift from Allah Ta'ala. It is a loan from Allah. Wealth means 'having a plentiful supply of material goods and money' and that's why we should spend in a correct and a Halaal way. Those who are rich and wealthy should do as much as shukr (thank) of Allah that He has blessed us with this gift, should use it for good things and share the wealth with the poor and the needy. On the other hand those who are not as fortunate should do sabr (patience) and earn the wealth in a Halaal way. Pray to Allah and indeed He will guide us and give us as much as we want here and the hereafter. An incident had occurred in Prophet (S.A.W)'s time, when a man who was really poor was begging on the road. Our Prophet (S.A.W) approached him and said, to the nearest meaning, 'Don't beg, instead go in the forest, cut some wood, sell it and earn money.' This shows the importance of earning wealth in a Halaal way and how much emphasis Prophet (S.A.W) has given to it. Islam is a way of life and it has taught us each and everything. It is a responsibility on mankind to care for each other. It has told the wealthy people to look out for the poor people. Islam has emphasised on this topic a lot. The Prophet (S.A.W.) has reported to have said, 'None of you truly believes until he loves for his brother what he loves for himself.' So as we can see that how much our Prophet (S.A.W) has emphasised us to look out for each other and help each other. Also Allah made Adam (A.S) as a Khalifah to look after the earth. Allah says in the Quran, to the nearest meaning, "I will create a vicegerent (Khalifah) ...read more.

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Also many countries have fought wars because of political differences, and corruption within the country. Natural evil is another reason that can also stop development in these countries, like natural disasters. After having had an earthquake, a drought, or a flood these countries are unable to restore back to their original state. Thousands of houses are destroyed along with farmlands which are a necessity for the people who live there. A very recent example of a natural disaster is the Asian Tsunami. This has affected 14 less developed countries such as India and Bangladesh, and has killed 295,608 people. The crops of many farmers were also destroyed along with businesses, homes, and families. Many less developed countries began borrowing money from richer countries to speed up their development; however there was an interest which had to be paid on these sums of money. Cash crops are another way that these Less Developed Countries are developing. Cash crops are crops which are grown for selling rather than consuming. Cash crops are one of the ways that developed countries help Less Developed Countries, for example "Fair Trade". "Fair Trade is a company which allows fair trade to take place between Africa and the Western World; cocoa beans are grown in Africa and are used to make chocolate bars for the West, the workers in Africa are also given a fair pay. Malnutrition is another cause for many infant deaths. Some people argue that there are too many people in the world but they only give birth to so many children because they need people to work for them and keep them alive. There are many causes for the wars, debts, not going back to the real state after disasters. One of them is greediness. MEDC countries are really greedy and do not give as they are supposed to and just expect peace throughout the world. Pride is also another cause. ...read more.

Conclusion

I also say that even though the rich people are not stingy, they still should not exist because on the Day of Judgement, we will be asked about everything, including how we spent our wealth. "Then, on that Day, you shall be asked about the delight (You indulged in, in this world)."(Surat Al-Takathir, Verse 8) This then means that the less wealth we have fewer questions which we will be asked about, so isn't it better to be asked less questions and get yourself in less trouble. Therefore rich people should not live as more and more questions will be asked. I also disagree because if rich people are those type which give to the needy then there is nothing wrong and they have a full right to live like anybody else. If they really do give their Zakah, 2.5% on their wealth and other nafil Sadaqah, Lillah etc regularly then I see there is no sin at all for them because they are doing the right thing and the rest is up to Allah whether He wants to keep poverty or not. Another reason for me disagreeing to the statement is because Allah has created different ranks and we must accept it. In the Quran, Allah mentions to the nearest meaning, "We have apportioned among them their livelihood in the life of the world, and raised some of them above others in rank that some of them may take labour from others." (Az-Zukhruf: 32) In Conclusion I say that the above Quranic Ayah clearly shows what I am talking about, meaning that Allah has shared out some people's wealth and given some people more than the rest so that the one's wealth who has been shared out can get wealth from the rich people. This clearly tells me that if people (rich) give to poor and do shukr and poor get it from rich only when they are needy and do sabr, then both rich and poor have the right to exist as they both are Allah's creation. ?? ?? ?? ?? - 1 - ...read more.

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