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Religion: Wealth and Poverty.

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Religion: Wealth and Poverty (ai) Muslims are permitted to have wealth, but are not permitted to show it off in an extravagant way. Out of this wealth they must help the poor and needy in certain ways such as paying Zakah, which is obligatory upon every Muslim man and woman whom possesses more than the nisab (threshold). The rich can also help the poor by giving Sadaqah, which is charity. It is given as a gift from a person's own wealth. Allah reminds us: '' O you who believe! Shall I leave you to a bargain that will save you from grievous suffering? You are to believe in Allah and His Messenger and strive hard in Allah's cause with your possessions and your lives: this is for your own good-if only you had known it.'' Al-Quran as-Saff 10-11. Zakah is necessary to help create an economically balanced economy. Zakah will necessitate the rich paying a small part (2.5%) to help those designated, so the rich get richer with blessings and the poor get richer financially. The original meaning of Zakah means to 'purify' and through paying Zakah a Muslim's wealth becomes pure and blessed. It also helps to purify the giver of Zakah from greed and stinginess. Zakah is paid after the nisab has been reached and is only paid once a year. ...read more.

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This is why certain countries today have been labelled as third world countries. Poverty is immense in the world and the poor require a lot of help from the rich they depend on the rich. Different countries have educational levels, health facilities, water supply and infrastructure. This is all depending on their financial status. The world is separated in different categories and because of this mankind has lost the basis of its creation which is equality. The poor are treated differently not like any average human being. The differences between the rich and the poor should be reduced because this is the core of development. The world is for everyone and for this reason the rich should help the poor in aspects that they are more superior at. Every human being should have a taste of comfortable life. The poor have the right to be assisted by the rich and provided by the rich. The rich should make the poor feel equal to them and help them as they rely on the rich. Nowadays there are issues involving LEDC's and MEDC's. There is a large gap between the rich and the poor countries because the rich only associate themselves with other rich countries, without having a concern for the poor countries and the suffering they face. ...read more.

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Due to its international network, it can react quickly to disasters such as earthquakes. It does not get involved in political issues, as human suffering is not a political issue. Islamic Relief will set up key projects that are proven to work and great emphasis is placed on getting a community back on its feet. Longer term planning is essential, immediate relief is given. It gives interest free loans that enable afflicted people to rebuild their communities. Suffering people are not always necessarily in need of charity but prefer to re-establish their rights. Islamic Relief provides this longer-term support to enable these things to happen. The organisation will strive to ensure that the needy do not become dependant on begging. Islamic Relief works worldwide to provide for the needs of the people who are less fortunate than us. They provide people with opportunities to gain an education and become self-reliant. They do not only give loans but also help communities by giving them money that has been donated by people. This part of Islamic Relief allows Muslims to carry out acts of charity (Sadaqah) and also Zakah. This is worship for Muslims who pay the Sadaqah or Zakah and for the people who receive it. This helps to bridge the differences between the rich and the poor because the rich can purify their wealth and the poor can feel appreciation and love for the rich. This also removes any jealousy and desire from the hearts of the poor. ...read more.

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