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Wealth and poverty - Islamic teachings.

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Wealth and poverty (a) i)Outline Muslim Teachings on Wealth and poverty Muslim teachings on wealth and poverty have been covered in the Qur;an, The Qur'an states that all items on earth belong to Allah and that you do not really own the money you possess on earth. It also warns of Allah having no love for those" given to excess" (Surah 5:90) and this is a message against greed. It tells Muslims that they entered this world 'naked' and will leave in the same condition. The Qur'an emphasises the futility and small worth of things if they are not given away. This is due to the factor that what ever we possess we have from Allah Ta'aala therefore a number of verses relate to this and enforce us in giving charity. The Qur'an emphasises the importance of charity. In Surah 2:274 it tells that "those who in charity spend of their goods have their reward with their Lord". This encourages Muslims to help the financially less fortunate because there assurance given is that what spent in good cause, Allah knows and the person therefore shall be rewarded in here after thus will be with their lord in paradise(heaven). Prophet Mohammad (p.b.u.h) is also clear in the message he delivers regarding wealth. He warns that with great amounts of wealth "you could not buy your place in the Hereafter". This reinforces the idea that earth wealth has no value in heaven and Allah dislikes unnecessary spend Allah sees everyone equally. ...read more.

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to day bases are no longer present, since they are either on the battlefield or killed in the war Thus the families end up without financial support and do not were to turn. Secondly when wars take place buildings, field and other major facilities are destroyed and the families and communities need serious help many trees are being cut down and new houses are being built, so therefore the land space keeps getting smaller and smaller. The Third world countries have a higher death rate than they do for birth rate. This is because of infant mortality and lack of healthcare, This financial support can only come from agencies set up by undeveloped countries. Not only during the troubled time people need help but after the war is over they need money and resources to rebuild the country back again, this means of obtaining, this it is to get it from charity organisations or borrow money. When poor countries borrow from rich states they have to pay not only the amount borrowed but also interest, this situation then leaves them in difficulties that they will never be able to get out of. Therefore there is a movement in rich countries asking develop countries to "right off" the dept of poor however only a few developed countries such as Britain has done this but other are still demanding the money borrowed and interest back (payback). Secondly the reason for world development is Cash crops ,the only way many less develop countries can make money for their debts is to grow cash crops (crops grown for sale rather than consumption).Cotton,coffee,tea and tobacco are grown to sell to the developed world. ...read more.

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He wants people to see how much they love him. "The person whom Allah has bestowed with wealth ,and he does not give Zakat, on the day of Qiyaamah, his wealth will be turned into a venomous serpent which will wind around his neck and bite his jaws and say: "I am your wealth, I am your treasure", Bukharee Others think that being rich is a test from God. Allah tests his believers in different ways he tests them on wealth, natural disasters, disasters, wars and many other difficulties. He wants people to see how much they love him. I agree and disagree with both of these statements because I think that it's ok to be either equal to every single person on the earth, or to be richer as long as you give your bit of wealth to the poor and needy. (Zakat) I disagree with the statement because Allah tests everyone differently. He tests some people with wealth on the way they show their gratitude, natural disasters, deaths, on the other hand the poor are tested on how they are to keep their faith and trust in god, Money isn't everything. Many people also think that why should they give their money away when they have earned it because of their hard work, If others did the same they would not be in financial difficulty. I secondly disagree because there are events such as earthquakes, floods, etc... Can cause problems and therefore rich need to give and show their generosity "As long as the rich keep giving their prescribed amount to the poor (Zakat)" MAJID BASHIR R.E Coursework ...read more.

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