International Day for the Eradication of Poverty – AKA World Poverty Day – nearly faces its 30th anniversary. Since its inception by the United Nations in 1992, there has been notable reduction in extreme poverty. According to the UN, “…most recent estimates, in 2015, 10 percent of the world’s population lived at or below $1.90 a day. That’s down from 16 per cent in 2010 and 36 percent in 1990. This means that ending extreme poverty is within our reach.”
In light of heinous global injustices occurring these past few years, “Acting Together to Achieve Social and Environmental Justice for All” is this year’s theme. Though easily misunderstood and overlooked, social and environmental issues are leading causes for poverty.
What causes poverty?
This short video simplifies some of the issues the billions of people living in poverty face.
Due to zakat and the well-known blessings of being charitable, Muslims are generally very charitable. They are often even statistically cited as the most charitable group. But from an Islamic point of view, why is there poverty?
Do some people “deserve” poverty?
Do you know that the Prophet (pbuh) regularly made dua that included, ““I seek refuge in you from disbelief and poverty”? Omar Sulieman briefly explains what is meant by poverty being a difficult test to a person’s faith:
How should Muslims manage their “wealth”?
Giving charity is at the core of Islam, explains Abdal Hakim Murad:
A reminder on giving…
“Our Prophet did not condone or encourage beggary as a routine source of income. However, we are not, as Muslims, supposed to be harsh with beggars either.” (READ MORE)
An important thing to remember on World Poverty Day and everyday is what the Prophet (pbuh) said about poverty: “He is not a believer whose stomach is filled while his neighbor goes hungry.” (Al-Mufrad) Be sure to belong to and act as one of the most charitable groups.