• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Religion, Wealth and Poverty

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Both prosperity and poverty are from Allah. To limit spending will not bring prosperity nor over-expenditure cause poverty. It is an ethical obligation on mankind as a whole, not only Muslims, to care for and help each other i.e. for the wealthy to help the poverty-stricken amongst us. It is only right to help those in need as they are also human and have a right to live s humans. Islam is a practical religion concerned with the welfare of each and every individual. In fact, Islam is the only religion which has made charity compulsory. Wealth is a good asset if used in the correct manner but it can also be a very bad one if used in the wrong ways and so it is a test set by Allah. The prophet has said "Every nation has a trial and the trial of my nation is their wealth." Wealth is regarded as a vital essential of support for both the religious and worldly affairs. Allah says: "And give not unto the foolish your property which Allah has made a means of support for you."(Quraan 4:5) The spending of wealth is also an art as is the acquiring. Wealth is meant to be spent; and not for hoarding so that one may become a miser. There are many lawful ways of spending: to spend on one's family, to spend in jihad, to give to the poor and needy, to spend on orphans and widows, and to free slaves are all examples. ...read more.

Middle

The North-South divide is the socio-economic divide which separates the rich North or the developed world, from the poor south otherwise known as the developing or third world. The phrase 'rich north, poor south' is sometimes used. As countries become economically developed, they may become part of the "Rich North", regardless of their geographical location, while any other countries which do not qualify for "developed" status are considered to be part of the "Poor South". Every single human being, regardless of race, religion, or culture, has a right to live an average life and have the basic necessities of life, which are: clean drinking water, food, shelter, clothing, education, employment and medical care. The world is an unjust place and not everyone is fortunate enough to have these bare necessities. Education provides the key to a better future, helping people to fulfil their potential and pursue their goals in life. For millions of people across the developing world even basic education is simply out of reach. Poverty is closely linked to illiteracy-as both cause and consequence. Without basic literacy or skills the opportunities for people to break free from poverty are limited. "Are those equal, those who know and those who do not know?" (Qur'an 39:9) Living in unhygienic conditions with little food and no clean water, millions of people are prone to malnutrition and ill health. ...read more.

Conclusion

Here is the Islamic Relief's intervention in Banda Aceh (Indonesia) at a glance: * Distribution of 400 family sized tents among survivors * Loaning to the public to help re-establish businesses * Over 400 permanent homes under construction * Funding carpentry training for 42 people * Health clinics have been built and mobile health clinics are sent * Wells dug and pumps installed * 20 schools rebuilt * 174 lavatories built in 20 different locations * Tailors, fishing boats, rickshaws and other forms of aid have been supplied Islamic Relief works in two general areas: It collects money on the one hand and implements projects on the other. Islamic Relief therefore maintains two types of offices: fundraising offices and field offices. Islamic Relief has 14 field offices spread across different countries where they work, including Albania, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Bosnia, Chechnya, Egypt, India, Iraq, Kosovo, Mali, Pakistan, Palestine and Sudan. Through the generosity of the donor community over the past twenty years, Islamic Relief has earned a reputation for its capacity to help the poor and vulnerable. Islamic Relief is now a well known and respected aid agency committed to the world's poorest people. Websites www.islamic-relief.com www.g8.gov.uk www.en.wikipedia.org/poverty Books Faza'il-e-Sadaqaat - Parts 1 & 2 by Muhammad Zakariyya Kaandhlawi, Altaf & Sons. ?? ?? ?? ?? 6 ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Charities, Poverty and Development section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Charities, Poverty and Development essays

  1. Religion and life - Wealth and Poverty.

    Christian Aid has been working with partner organisations, both Palestinian and Israeli, since the 1950s, covering activities such as agriculture, health, education, and women's and human rights. Christian Aid has increased its involvement in this part of the world, working with partners in the area and with other church organisations in Europe.

  2. Religion, Wealth and Poverty

    Debt Most LCD's Have to borrow money from the banks of the developed countries to survive and begin to develop. However, the catch is that the developed countries charge interest. So basically, the countries end up paying more in interest than they earn in foreign currency.

  1. To what extent do the practices of charitable organisations comply with charity laws and ...

    Charities are generally accountable in their governance. Yet, the inefficiency in expressing aims and describing activities including programs and services gives the charity a weaker impression of compliance to charity laws and standards. Therefore, it is prudent that charities attempt to improve their ability to specify and recount for their

  2. Singer's Practical Ethics: Poverty

    is outraged that people who are able to help but choose not to prevent it. Singer recognizes that the cause of the problem is that the wealth in the world is not being distributed properly. He asserts, "Only by transferring some of the wealth of the rich nations to the poor can the situation be changed" (221).

  1. Christianity: Poverty and Wealth

    Now, many Christians themselves try and help the poor. Many believe that they should work towards ending poverty in the world. Some people help the poor in obedience to Jesus Christ and share their wealth with those who need it.

  2. 'As Society Has Become More Prosperous, Poverty Has Effectively Disappeared' Discuss

    Fierce controversy has raged during recent years over the extent to which the increasing numbers of 'low income families' during the 1980s can be explained in terms of increases in the real value of social assistance benefits (CPAG, 1998, p.8).

  1. To What Extent Is the Welfare State Responsible For Creating a Culture of Dependency?

    The difference between the Labour version of the Welfare state and the Liberal welfare provisions was that the Welfare State was to be for everybody. Most of the provisions of the Welfare State were based on the recommendation of a committee headed by Lord Beveridge.

  2. Why are some parts of China so rich while other parts are so poor?

    The mass attack resulted in total loss of industry, the failure to educate 100 million students, and thousands of deaths. Three years of terror and ten years of repression had been unleashed. Mao had failed again to eliminate poverty in China; all he had managed to do was make China insecure socially, politically and economically.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work