11 Ramadan 2012: In All Shades and Colors

You can’t get rid of poverty by giving people money. – P.J. O’Rourke

Charity is a big part of Ramadan and we all know that eating while knowing that a fellow neighbor or person is hungry is a shameful thing. As we look at charity and Zakat (obligatory charity), we can’t help but think about those who cannot eat, or do not know where they will live the next day, or if they will have to send their kids off to beg on the streets just to feed their younger sisters or brothers … what is unbelievable is that after all the advancements in Technology and Social Innovation, poverty remains a serious and complex problem.

On another note, what we really liked about this quote is that it could refer to all sorts of poverty, not just of food, water and shelter, such as lack of love, lack of compassion, lack of humility, etc…basically, lack of positive character virtues or surroundings. Our Prophet (Peace and Blessings Upon Him) has a saying narrated by Abu Hurairah, “The poor of my people would be he who would come on the Day of Resurrection with prayers and fasts and Zakat but since he hurled abuses upon others, brought calumny against others, unlawfully consumed the wealth of others, shed the blood of others and beat others, his virtues would be credited to the accounts of others (who suffered at his hands) …” [Sahih Muslim]

We ask god on this day to make us those beloved to him by being the greatest benefit to other people in all shades and colors of poverty.

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