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Wealth and Poverty in Islam

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Wealth and Poverty in Islam Islam gives great importance to the dignity of each individual human being. It therefore stands for the banishment of poverty and organisation of economic life in a manner that the basic needs of all human beings are met. Since Islam is opposed to regimentation it seeks to achieve this purpose through influencing the behaviour pattern of the members of the society in particular directions and activation of a number of the authorities to justly distribute wealth. Islam stands for the elimination of all class distinctions and equal regard for all human beings. This does not; however call for the elimination of all inequalities of income and wealth. In fact, inequalities serving a functional purpose are held to be fully justifiable. Allah wants all humans to have the same rights; this was expressed through his prophets and messengers and also in the Quraan where he (SWT) said: "And we have sent our messengers with the truth and we have sent down with them the book and the scale so that people may be fair" This Ayah clearly shows that Allah gives humans rights and also the apparatus by which these rights are fulfilled and ensured. These rights are many, some of which the UN has taken to be the rights of a human like the right to have a name for example. ...read more.


Most Millionaires and Billionaires don't even need the money they have, they just like seeing a lively bank account. If some people of the community are very rich and others very poor, the poor people will either get tempted to steal from other people or they will steal out of great need. This creates enmity between the two people and may cause killing in the future. Therefore if in one community there are very poor people there will be a great chance of insecurity for the rich. This is why Islam obligates rich people to give from their money and urges them to give as much money and help as possible to the poor and needy. This develops the community not only in security but there will be other effects as well such as beggars who will not need to be out humiliating themselves and community. It is known that in the time of 'Umar bin Abdel-Aziz' one of the Umayyad caliphs there was not one person in the whole of Damascus who would accept a charity. This shows the justice of Islam and the fact that no one would accept charity meant that no one would steal. There is a great need for communities like this in our time since millions of pounds and dollars are used up on short-term security can be spent on the poor for long-term security. ...read more.


For example no one is stopping them from going to the forest and cutting trees to sell wood. On the other hand one may say that the community is the spine its member so this spine either helps and supports this member or deserts him and looses. The beggar not only humiliates himself but humiliates the whole community. The prophet (SAW) said: "If there is a people of a community who sleep and one of them is hungry then Allah and his messenger have dispensation of them" This clearly shows that Allah and his messenger want people to give money to the poor and needy to satisfy at least their basic needs. Also opportunities are limited and these limited opportunities are taken by the rich who only think of increasing their money. I think that it is true that a person is rich because of his hard work but he has to also help the poor from what Allah has bestowed upon him to help the poor. And he has to remember that Allah is able to take away what he has whenever he wants. And it is true that a person has to give but he cannot eradicate all poverty. So a person can be rich as long as he helps the poor as much as he can. By Obada Sawalha The resources I used where: Islam, poverty and income distribution By Ziauddin Ahmed The principles of the Islamic Economic System By Yusuf Kamal Islam in focus By Hammudah 'Abd al 'Ati ...read more.

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