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There should be no rich people as long as there is poverty in the world

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b) "There should be no rich people as long as there is poverty in the world." Some Muslims would argue that it is the duty of a Muslim to help the poor, so the rich should use their wealth to help people in the world who do not have as much wealth as them. If they do not help the poor people then how can they call themselves Muslims if they are not fulfilling an obligation on them, it's not right to blank out people who need this wealth to help them live, and Muslims should fulfil the rights of those people and share their wealth. It is regarded sinful if a Muslim does not obey the command of Allah and paying Zakah is the Command of Allah. "He is not a believer who eats his fill while his neighbour remains hungry by his side." So a person who does not look after another person who is suffering and is need of primary needs then he isn't considered a believer. ...read more.


If someone near you has nothing whilst you yourself are spending your wealth extravagantly shouldn't there be some shame upon oneself. However some Muslims would disagree with the statement, arguing that it's not about being rich it's about what you spend the wealth on. It is a test for the rich that they suppress the temptation of spending the wealth on idle things also to share the wealth they possess, and it is a test for the poor to have patience and suppress any ill-feelings for the rich. If we use this wealth to help others then we will be rewarded, but if we don't then we may be punished. We will be judged and accounted for how we spent our wealth so it is best we spend it properly and to help others using this wealth. The Prophet (p.b.u.h) has said: "For every nation and Ummah there is a temptation/test, and the test for my Ummah is wealth." Some Muslims state that Zakah is given by people who can afford to give it and if there were no rich people then who would give Zakah to help the poor The Prophet (PBUH) ...read more.


As-Saib ibn Zayd a friend of Talhah, said: "I accompanied Talhah ibn Ubaidullah on journeys and I have stayed with him at home and I have not found anyone who was more generous with money, with clothes, and with food than Talhah." This tells us that rich people can spend their wealth on good things which prove useful to the poor, and things which would help them, so no rich would mean no helpers or generous donators. My opinion is that there is nothing wrong with there being rich people in the world because it does not say anywhere in the Quran or Hadith that it is Haraam (unlawful) to be rich, rather it says in the Quran: "And Allah has favored some of you above others in provision" (16:71). Allah has made some people rich and some poor, Allah has a plan for everyone, and whatever happens to a person is destined by Allah so we can't say it's a bad thing to be rich. The Quran has not forbidden being rich so why should there be no rich. If it hasn't been forbidden by Allah then it's lawful so there can be any disagreements in that. ...read more.

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