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Religion, Wealth and Poverty - The world today is divided into two parts; the 'rich' north and the 'poor' south. Whilst most of the world's money is concentrated in the north, the south is left to fend for itself.

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01/05/2007 Afsor Ullah 11p Religious Studies Coursework Religion, Wealth and Poverty The world today is divided into two parts; the 'rich' north and the 'poor' south. Whilst most of the world's money is concentrated in the north, the south is left to fend for itself. There is a great need for world development for countries in the south as these countries withhold seventy-five percent of the earths population yet only acquire twenty percent of the worlds income. In reality for a less developed country to recuperate is almost impossible due the financial debts that are due to other countries, which seem to rise through years. 12.8 billion dollars was paid by Chile when it only loaned 3.9 billion. That extra nine billion dollars could have gone towards developing Chile, instead it went towards greedy rich countries. Many low developed countries are unable to pay of debts for financial reasons and thus they are only able to cultivate and trade crops rather than consume them, ultimately causing lack of food, thus bringing about starvation. Low developed countries also are situated in areas, which suffer natural disasters such as floods, and earthquakes that can destroy fertile land used for cultivation, which may be the source of income for a country and if it is not sustainable the country will suffer financially causing further problems. ...read more.

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their lord, and no fear shall be upon them nor shall they grieve"6 Other than the Qur'an, the Muslims second source The Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) states in an authentic hadith recorded by Imam Bukhari that: "Every Muslim has to give charity" The people asked, "O Allah's Prophet! If he has nothing to do what will he do?" "He should work with his hands and benefit himself and also give in charity (from what he earns). Then the people further asked, "If he cannot find even that?" He replied, "He should help the needy who appeal for help". Then the people asked, "If he cannot do that?" He replied "then he should perform good deeds and keep away from evil deeds and this will be regarded as charitable deeds"7 This emphasises the need to give charity and has been made an obligation for every Muslim and even if they are unable to give direct money they should still give their health and work towards charity. In Islam, giving charity giving charity is not seen as losing anything as The Prophet (pbuh) says in an authentic hadith: "The reward in giving charity to relatives is doubled by Allah as a reward for being given to relatives"8 If we were to look at the current state of the Muslim Ummah, (body) we can see that they have totally neglected this ideology and are in risk of becoming in a state of Kufr (non-Muslim) ...read more.

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However, wealth and being rich can be dangerous and I am able to see why people, especially those onlookers of third world countries, will agree with this statement. If we look at current events we can see a man has paid fourteen million pounds for a holiday break on the moon and people such as Richard Branson (Virgin) are spending vast amounts of money on hot air balloons. The payments that went towards such events could have helped charities a great deal but instead it went towards luxury expeditions. Also northern countries only withhold twenty-five percent of the world's population yet receive seventy -five percent of the world's income. This shows money has not been used/divided properly. Even with these factors, having great wealth is not the real threat to poverty but participating in luxurious activities and exploiting money is the unseen cause. There is nothing wrong with a man working hard for his money as long as he understands that he must use this money properly. So, I end by saying money is no the real issue that causes poverty, it is the people that are the real problem. Religions do not curse the money, they curse the people who have money but do not use it appropriately. 1 Mathew 25:31-46 2 Luke 18:25 3 Timothy 6:9-10 4 Mathew 6:24 5 Qur'an 49:15 6 Qur'an 2:274 7 Sahih Al Bukhari Hadith number 491 8 Sahih Al Bukhari Hadith Number 500 9 Sahih Al Hadith number 27 10 Qur'an 5:32 11 Acts 2:44-45 1 ...read more.

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