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What is poverty in Islam?

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What is poverty in Islam? As we know there is evil suffering in this world, there are two types of evil & suffering, they are, Moral & Natural Evils. Moral evils are satanic evils, in other words, evil suffering caused by humans. Natural evil & suffering is natural disasters such as earthquakes, floods, hurricanes and so on. Moral evils are due to Satan putting evil thoughts in our minds for example to go and bomb a certain country for no reason what so ever. Moreover, this life is test from Allah on how we spend our lives, do we spend our lives sinning or do we spend our lives remembering Allah and doing good? It is stated in the Quran. "Be sure we shall test you with something of fear and hunger, some loss in goods or lives or the fruits of your toil, but give glad tidings to those who patiently preserve-who say when afflicted with calamity, 'To god we belong and to him is our return." This basically means that Allah is assuring you that you will be tested in many ways; you may lose some goods or some lives this will be a test of faith and obedience and after all we belong ...read more.

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Zakat-al-Fitr is a small amount that Muslims are obliged to pay as charity at the end of Ramadan. It is unanimously recognized by all schools of Islamic Law as a pious duty of every Muslim man or woman. The origin of the obligation can be dated to the month of Sha`ban in the second year of Hijrah. Ibn `Umar said: "Allah's Messenger enjoined the payment of one Sa` of dates or one Sa` of barley as Zakat-al-Fitr on every Muslim slave or free, male or female, young or old, and he ordered that it be paid before the people went out to offer the 'Eid prayer.' The purpose of Zakat-al-fitr: Every Muslim is required to pay Zakat-ul-Fitr at the conclusion of the month of Ramadan as a token of thankfulness to God for having enabled him to observe fasts. Its purpose is to purify those who fast from any indecent act or speech and to help the poor and needy. This view is based upon the hadith which reads, "The Messenger of Allah, may peace be upon him, enjoined Zakat-ul-Fitr on those who fast to shield them from any indecent act or speech, and for the purpose of providing food for the needy. ...read more.

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e.g. A person borrwows one hundred pounds from a bank and the bank will ask him to pay back one hundred and ten pounds in return. This is where a loss is made this is haram. It is stated in the Quran, P.T.O �> > > > > > > > "And if ye do not then be warned of war (against you) from Allah and his messenger. And if ye repent, then ye have your principal (without interest). Wrong not and ye shall not be wronged." This basically means that the person who takes interest is making a war or struggle against himself even though he has been warned by Allah and his Messenger. So I come to the conclusion that there are many ways to pay charity in Islam. These ways can affect the way rich and poor people live. If the rich people fulfil there duties to pay charities they can then be able to get rid of their greed for more. This can also help them to be humble. Furthermore, if the rich people can fulfil their duties then the poor people will also be able to benefit by receiving the charity paid by the rich people provided they keep their patience. ...read more.

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