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Wealth and poverty in Islam.

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(b) I personally believe that there should be rich people in the world even though there are poor people as well. This enables the rich to support the poor through Sadaqah and Zakah. Through a Muslim point of view, there can be rich people, but they must help the poor because the Prophet said: 'None of you believes until he wishes for his brother what he wishes for himself.' From the history of the Muslims we know that there can be rich people, even if there is poverty in the world. Many of the companions of the Prophet were very rich, but they were very generous with their wealth. They helped the poor and needy by giving away much of their wealth. This shows that a Muslim can be rich as long as he helps his Muslim brothers. I think the rich people have a right to help the poor. ...read more.

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The Prophet said of this: 'If I had anything, I would not keep it away from you. Whoever abstains from asking others, Allah will make him contented, and whoever tries to make himself self-sufficient, Allah will make him self-sufficient. And whoever remains patient, Allah will make him patient. Nobody can be given a blessing better and greater than patience.' In this Hadith, the Prophet emphasises the importance of earning one's own wealth without asking others for things and also being self-sufficient in the sense that one should rely on no one but themselves. This shows that a person should not beg, but instead should work to earn their wealth. There are exceptions though to this. There are many people who are unable to work in order to support their families for reasons that are no fault of their own such as they are plagued by a disability or illness. ...read more.

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Many people feel that the wealth they earn is theirs and they have a right to do with it what they wish. They do not realise that while they are eating three meals a day, there are people who don't eat for days and who have to walk miles in order to find water. There are also people in the world who are struggling because of other people's miserly attitudes and beliefs. The idea that the rich should help the poor is not only supported by Islam, but is also supported by many other religions such as Christianity and Judaism. The Jews and Christians also believe that the rich should help the poor. Although there are no obligations upon them to help the poor such as Zakah, they can do so willingly by giving charity. To conclude I believe that there can be rich people in the world even if there are poor people. The rich should help the poor even if the poor beg. This is because they may be begging for reasons unknown to other people. ...read more.

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