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Sameenah Hafiz (a) Describe the teachings of the religion which you are studying about the way in which believers should treat people who are less fortunate than themselves. Islam is a religion that was revealed to Muslims by their creator, Allah Almighty. Islam has the answer to all problems including the most common problem that this world has had throughout its lifetime, poverty. It is typical that we live in our thousands and millions of pounds while people starve and die of hunger. This wide spread population of the world today lives in dire poverty. Since 1400 years Islam has had the perfect solution to getting rid of poverty within a year of being openly charitable. This can be accomplished in many ways. In Islam it is compulsory to pay certain so called 'tax' to the poor known as Zakat out of their collected wealth. The money gathered from the given 'tax' is shared out the poverty stricken and deprived. Zakat is a Arabic word which means 'purification' and 'growth.' One very significant belief in Islam is that we all are creations of Allah, and so in result we all belong to him and money has been given to us in the form of trust and responsibility. Is it like a test really of what we will spend our wealth on a good cause or a bad cause. If you have had wealth in your ownership for one entire year at least, you must give Zakat. ...read more.


You should not give openly just to get fame and praise from others in return. This will make your charity worthless. If you give, but then hurt the feelings and harass the receiver of your charity, your good deed instantly will be destroyed. Zakat is only 2.5% of your savings, meaning it is only a small amount, so by giving more you will be looking at your withheld wealth savings and giving out of generosity. You should give the greatest sector of your savings to the needy. There is a saying that, "Giving in charity is like giving to Allah the most high, and so only give him what is good." Allah himself also says: "Spend (in charity) of the good things that you earn." (Quran 2:267) This in other words means that if you have got your money from doing bad or wrong things then your charity will not be accepted, as a righteous deed. There is a giving of charity called, "Sadaqa Jariya." This is when we or you give and keep on giving to make people lives better or more beneficial for themselves by assisting to build schools, clinics, hospitals, water supply systems and food supply systems. Even helping a needy person start their own business or organisation can be ongoing charity. The last prophet's companions were also known as being righteous and generous. ...read more.


Give reasons to support your answer and show that you have thought about different points of view. You must refer to the religion which you are studying in your answer. I do not agree because the last prophet Muhammad (pbuh) encouraged us all to help others, no matter of their race, colour or religion. He helped everybody because he was strong in his faith. A person who is strong in faith has excellent relationships and conduct with others as well including non-believers in Islam. Allah has also commanded us to help others, including the entire mankind on earth. By doing this we are bringing ourselves virtue, not just others. This rule has lived since the last prophet's time. During his time in Medina, there were Muslims and other races of various religions including the Jewish people. The last prophet (pbuh) made a treaty to maintain the peace and harmony between each religion. This treaty was called the treaty of Medina. Some people may disagree because they believe that they are closer to the people who are the same as them. Other believers may say only there own kind are appreciative of their donations and help and that non-believers are ungrateful. Islam and Allah says this in relation to the treaty of Medina. Allah stated peace and harmony of religions is good relationships with each other in Surah Al- Mumtahannah (60:8). "Allah does not forbid you to deal justly and kindly with those who fought not against you on account of religion nor drove you out of your homes. Verily, Allah loves those who deal with equity. ...read more.

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