Poverty – Part 2 – A Perspective in Islam

Poverty - A Perspective in Islam

Allah doesn’t say that we let go of all the luxuries in order to succeed in the hereafter, rather to strike a balance in the society by sharing our prized possessions with the less privileged members. Sacrificing it all, while staying in isolation and carrying out our ibadah to seek Allah’s blessings is not favored in Islam. Rather, to keep things balanced, fulfilling our worldly duties while offering our religious obligations should be the norm. The gap between the rich and the poor is growing fast, as we are losing compassion, brotherhood, and empathy for our fellow brethren. The basic civil etiquette are disappearing from our moral value sets, taken over by ‘I can barely manage mine’ or ‘I worked too hard for this to give it away’ etc.

Effort versus Outcome

Our task is to inculcate the Sunnah and the Quran in our daily routine activities, empowering ourselves with unlimited energy to climb up mountains and sail through deep oceans, recharging ourselves through seeking forgiveness and repenting over sins committed or mistakes made. Realizing that the Creator of the universe has the supreme control over things that we face in routine in our lives, with us being all so weak and powerless, surrendering to His will over events encountered.

A Fool’s Paradise

A lot of emotional turbulence occurs when we spend some ‘quality’ time on the various social media platforms. We idolize what we see, the pretty picture painted by our friends and acquaintances, fantasizing if we could just switch our lives with them. Our minds and hearts always make us feel inferior, incomplete and empty. We ponder why Allah didn’t choose us to be blessed with these worldly gains, forgetting that only He knows what’s best for us and at what time and we are shortsighted to not see that.

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