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Zakah - Islamic giving.

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INTRODUCTION Muslims who can afford to give Zakah should give it, from the rich to the poor. This is from the five pillar of Islam. By giving Zakah all Muslim brothers and sisters become united into one ummah. Muslims give Zakah because it is compulsory, and so that their Muslim brothers who have no money or no properties can fill their own stomachs and their families. This creates trust and unity amongst each other. Zakah is also a purifier of wealth and diminishes greed. Those people who are wealthy and give Zakah either pay through a mosque or give it to the charity themselves directly. In the Quran it says that it is compulsory for all Muslims to pay Zakah. It is also said that the money we use should be used in the right way for example- only buying the things you need like food and books. It should never be spent in the wrong way for example- in gambling, betting and other things such as; the money should not be spent on things that are not needed either. These are a couple of things that are important about Zakah. There are many ways in which the quran deals with economy. ...read more.

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Poverty is not a punishment; rather it is a test from Allah, to see whether you would be able to survive the hardships of life. Countries are classed in three different ways, developed (1st world, example, America), developing (2nd world, example, Eastern Europe) and under-developed (3rd world, example, Bangladesh, Ethiopia.) In developed countries, being rich means affording mansions, posh expensive cars, designer labeled clothes, expensive food, and living a life of luxury and comfort. In under-developed and developing countries, being rich means having a house, enough clothes, enough food and the necessities, which are needed. People get into the state of poverty because they have large families, many disasters, whether natural or man-made, and then on top of that they don't even have enough money in the beginning. They grow cash crops, and the poor people never gain any profit out of it. They make enough just to feed their families, and all the profit goes to the developed countries, even all the food they grow on farms. In this way they get richer. The poor people earn just enough to survive, in other words, basic food, shelter, and clothes on their backs. The money that they do earn but are used in debt could be used to make schools and hospitals. ...read more.

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Being rich is a test from Allah, as is being poor. Even though Allah made all human beings equal, He also made them very different from each other, and this is what makes us an individual. Everyone has different potentials and different capabilities, so there maybe people who work very hard but only get a small amount of money. It maybe due to the fact that they are illiterate or lazy and incompetent, or it maybe due to the fact that their job has a very low income, and however long and hard they work, they don't get paid enough. Rich people may work hard or not so hard, yet they wills till earn a lot of money. Although it does depend on what country you live in. If you lived in a developed country, and you had a professional job, you'd get paid a lot. But if you lived in an under developed country, it would be a very different matter. Rich people also maybe thankful for the amount they earn. Also a rich person must have worked hard to gain what they have, so they deserve it for their labor. If you work hard for it, in a lawful way, then Allah does not say no to your spending, because you earned it. But if you have not earned it in the right way then you have no rights in spending it. ...read more.

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