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Poverty In Islam: The Rich Must Help The Poor

3123 words - 12 pages

I personally think that there should be rich people in the world as
well as poor people. 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 times gone by of the Muslims we know that there can be
wealthy 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. They also donated a great deal for Islam, for example
they donated money etc to Jihad and other battles in the history of

In the Battle of Tabuk, many of the Companions of the Prophet
generously gave their wealth in order to help the Muslims provide for
the battle and in return they got reward for doing so.

The wealth they have been blessed with is from Allah. For this reason
they have a duty to help the poor because this is a responsibility
they have been given.

Some other people think that the rich should not help the poor because
they are lazy and not very hardworking. This is true in the sense that
the rich work hard to earn their wealth, so they deserve the reward
they get for the hard work, but they must consider the situation of
the poor as well as their own, this is a duty of a Muslim person
regardless of their wealthy ness.

Some poor people work very hard, but are not paid sufficiently by
their employers. There are other poor people who just sit on the
streets and beg without making an effort to support themselves the
wealth of a person also depends of the country they live in, if the
person lived in a rich developed country they would be richer then the
ones living and working in a developing country. The Prophet said of

'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 he 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

In this Hadith, the Prophet emphasises the significance of earning
one's own wealth without asking others for things and also being
self-sufficient in the sense that one ought rely on no one but
themselves. This proves that a person must not beg, but as an
alternative 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 suffering by a disability or sickness. This illness
comes from no one but Allah,...

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