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Wealth & Poverty I am going to outline the Christian teachings and the Islamic teachings on if wealth and poverty is a good or bad thing. I will research on the internet, books etc. I will also have papers to help me with what Christianity and Islam think of wealth and poverty. Christians believe that wealth can be used for good, such as buying food for the starving, or evil, such as buying weapons for terrorists, so being wealthy is not a bad thing. Many biblical teachings show that if people have the wrong attitude to money, wealth can lead them away from God. In the parable of the rich fool (Luke 12:13-21) Jesus told a story about a rich farmer who had a splendid harvest and decided to build bigger barns in which to store his extra grains when he had done this he thought to himself ' you have plenty of good things laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink, and be merry.' However, that night he died, and had no chance to enjoy his wealth. This story shows that you may have all the money in the world, but this 'fun' will stop; it will stop because of your death and you don't be buried with money but you could give it to people less fortunate than yourself. 'True happiness is not founding riches or wellbeing, in human fame or power, or in any achievement, but in God alone.' Catechism of the Catholic Church 1723. ...read more.

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Islamic Relief gets it money from all over the world 29% is give by the United Kingdom, 16.5% is given by United States, 18% is given by France, 2.5% is given by Holland, 3% is given by Belgium,5% is given by Germany, 2% is given by the other countries (Sweden, Mauritius, Switzerland), 30% is given by the Field Office and 21% by the head quarters. This money is used for many either development projects, Emergency Relief, development education or raising further funds all over the world. Islamic Relief is a charity which is dedicated to alleviating the poverty and suffering of the world's poorest people. Religious people support Islamic Relief because it is the duty of all Muslims to care for the less fortunate, to assist those in need even if they are Muslims or non-Muslims. In the Quran and in the Prophet Muhammad (saw) Hadith it says "make it an obligation for Muslims to give to charity" saying make it a duty to give to charity. Muslims are required to remember that life is a test and merely a bridge towards a better life. Islamic Relief and Islam go together not only by the by the name but Islamic Relief takes in Sadaqah and Zakah. Sadaqah means 'to speak the truth' this is the duty of all Muslim to strive towards the truth and it is quite often the case that a desire or a greed for this world will cloud this judgment. ...read more.

Conclusion

I conclusion I think that Christianity and Islam have similar teachings on wealth and poverty. The two religions believe wealth can be good, if used for the right and bad, if used for the wrong (put into the wrong hands). If the wealth is in the wrong persons hand in Christianity they should not buy weapons for terrorists and more. Christians believe that money is needed to provide a decent standard of living, but Christians must make it honestly and use it fairly. If the wealth is in the wrong persons hand in Islam they should not gamble, drink alcohol or lend and borrow at interest and more. Islam teaches that wealth is something given by God for the benefit of humanity and, therefore, is some thing to be shared. Islam and Christianity both believe that poverty is an awful thing and that we all should try and put a stop to it. In Islam Muhammad (SAW) said 'he is not a believer who eats full while his neighbor remains hungry by his side.' Christianity teaches us that we should feed that hungry and clothe the naked. The bible and the Quran both mention forms of charity, in the Bible it says 'God blesses those who come to the aid of the poor and rebukes those who turn away from them.....' In the Quran it says The Quran teaches that those who live on charity spend of their goods by night and by day, in secret and in public, have their reward with their lord. Maryam Chaudhery 10W Mr Straker ...read more.

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