Muslim should not be subjected to derision on account of poverty. While Islam depends partly on the believer’s faith and respect of decency to take positive measures for mitigating the circumstances of the poor, the Shari’ah nevertheless empowers the state to appropriate from the excess wealth of the individual when necessary what is required to satisfy the needs of his less fortunate brother.
As a matter of fact, the Qur’an says (meaning):
“O you who have believed, indeed many of the scholars and the monks devour the wealth of people unjustly and avert [them] from the way of Allah. And those who hoard gold and silver and spend it not in the way of Allah – give them tidings of a painful punishment.”
“The Day when it will be heated in the fire of Hell and seared therewith will be their foreheads, their flanks, and their backs, [it will be said], “This is what you hoarded for yourselves, so taste what you used to hoard.” [Al-Quran, surah at-Taubah (9): Verse 34-35]
Islam also condemns usury (interest). Allah says (meaning):
“Those who consume interest cannot stand [on the Day of Resurrection] except as one stands who is being beaten by Satan into insanity. That is because they say, “Trade is [just] like interest.” But Allah has permitted trade and has forbidden interest. So whoever has received an admonition from his Lord and desists may have what is past, and his affair rests with Allah . But whoever returns to [dealing in interest or usury] – those are the companions of the Fire; they will abide eternally therein.”
“Allah destroys interest and gives increase for charities. And Allah does not like every sinning disbeliever.” [Al-Quran, surah at-Baqarah (2): Verse 275-276]
To be respectful of a fellow believer’s welfare in the society of Islam is another proof of faith. Instead of manifesting their individualism, Allah through Muhammad decreed that the faithful show brotherly love towards one another.
Thus thinking of others is a must!
May Allah keep us, you and our parents safe on the Day of the Greatest Terror, those to whom the call will go out on that great Day. Allah says (meaning):
“Enter Paradise, no fear shall be on you, nor shall you grieve” [Alquran, surah al-A’raaf (7) verse 49]