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The saying "those to whom much has been given, much is expected" sounds good. Do you think there is an obligation to help out those less fortunate that goes along with having a lot of the world's good things?

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Asked by always fresh, 15 Feb '08 03:59 pm
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This is life is a test for both - Poor as well as rich.
For Poor it is a test of their patience - may be they don't receive riches in this world they will be rewarded in hereafter.
For Rich also their wealth will be their test - may be they have collected that wealth by HARAM (Many acts-greed / cheating are prohibited) means they will be required to account - many a time during their life in this world itslef - but surely in hereafter.
Islam also puts a BURDEN on rich person to share their riches with fellow humans (I am not talking fellow Muslims I am saying humans). I will like to share some commandments.
He who sleeps on a full stomach whilst his neighbour goes hungry is not one of us." (Saying of Prophet Muhammad*)
"If the debtor is in a difficulty, grant him time till it is easy for him to repay. But if ye remit it by way of charity, that is best for you if ye only knew." (Qur'an 2: 280)
"Allah will deprive usury of all blessing, but will give increase for deeds o ...more
Answered by PANIWALA A, 15 Feb '08 08:02 pm

 
  
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Human nature is complex - there are many well meaning philanthropists who are fortunate to be in a position to help others and do so - not because they are under an obligation but because of their genuine wish to contribute. Then there are the others........
Answered by Janis, 15 Feb '08 07:38 pm

 
  
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Yes sir
Answered by Shiva, 20 Apr '10 02:24 pm

 
  
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Whose expectation are u talking of ?
Ur life is ur choice, u have to live the way that pleases you. Otherwise how r u going to be fulfilled in life? That is how i live. i may sometimes share mine with others, but that is because such sharing pleases me, it fulfills me. Not out of any obligation or to purchase a ticket to heaven.
The nature rule is " Whatever is given to u, if u use it well, more shall be given to u". The religions have been overplaying the idea of CHARITY for their selfish benifits. Take care not to fall prey to that propaganda ! Religion has nothing to do in particualar with charity !
Answered by Shunmugham, 16 Feb '08 02:47 pm

 
  
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"The best charity is that given when one has surplus wealth; and the upper hand is better than the lower. But begin (giving charity) with your dependents"

-----collected by an-Nasaa'ee & Ahmed.
Answered by jameel ahmed, 16 Feb '08 10:16 am

 
  
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I think its more to do with karma. If v hv the chance and ability to b of help and assistance to the less fortunate ones, v hv the option to do it or not do it. Those who do it, may earn more of the blessings and those who forget abt others' pain and sufferings will sooner or later extinguish their own luck.
Answered by serpentine, 15 Feb '08 10:32 pm

 
  
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Its not because of the obligation alwaz...but maybe its the urge to share the goodness u hav with others who dont...but mostly it depends upon the acceptance of the less fortunate ones whether to take in an obligation or be fortunate enough to share the goodness as such in the form of help.:)
Answered by sumita ganguly, 15 Feb '08 10:26 pm

 
  
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..but in general we like to carry coal to new castle...
Answered by Mrinalendra Banerjee, 15 Feb '08 09:44 pm

 
  
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"Anything more than a handful is a waste."

So, if we have been blessed with overflowing silos its our moral obligation to help if not always atleast in times of drought.
Answered by EmM, 15 Feb '08 04:06 pm

 
  
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