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We see that Islam has made Zakaah, harvest tax and various other forms of charity compulsory on those who can afford it. In the Holy Qur’an, it is mentioned that this separate part of a person’s wealth is something on which the poor have a right upon. We also know that when you have a right to give something and you do not give it, then Islam has the right to take it away from you forcefully.
If the rich do not give to the poor in this world, certainly they are causing immense stress for the poor only in this world, but they do not realise the amount of damage they are causing for themselves in the Hereafter. Therefore, in this world when a rich person gives to the poor and the poor receives from the rich person, then both of them are creating happiness for each other in the next world. Do not think that as a rich person you are doing a favour to someone because he is poor. In reality, you are only doing a favour to yourself.
In other words, the poor person is doing a favour to the rich person in the Hereafter by accepting this aid. This is the reason that it has been mentioned that a rich person will have to wait for nearly five hundred years on the plains of Mesher to give accountability for his wealth.
The trial and test of Ramadaan of staying hungry and thirsty is so that the rich person can experience what a poor person goes through. The act of travelling for Hajj and being able to display patience in these trying times and be able to manage the stress of travel, this is also a lesson for the rich person so that he can experience what a poor person feels when he goes from place to place to earn a livelihood.
If we look at the blessed live of the Holy Prophet – may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him – in this mundane world, we will see that he spent it as a poor person in spite of the fact that the keys to all riches and wealth was given to him. The Holy Prophet – may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him – used to also pride this way of living, even though pride was something which he was protected from. He also made a Du’a, “O Allah! Make me a poor person and keep me as a poor person, give me death (in that state) that I am a poor person and on the Day of Judgement, let me rise among the poor.”
When the Holy Prophet – may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him – was born, he was placed in the care of a poor female from the Banu Sa’ad. When he was young, he tended to the goats and camels. The Holy Prophet – may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him – dug trenches and even milked the cows. He also carried the goods of people on his back. At times, his clothes and sandals became torn. The Holy Prophet – may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him – also took credit from people. He tied stones on his blessed stomach because of hunger. Sometimes for two months in a row, no fire was seen in his blessed house which meant that no food was prepared in all this time. Even the Quraish used to laugh at his state and condition.
All of this was done so that a poor person would understand that if they are going through difficult times in life, then they should also bear in mind that they are actually enacting the Sunnah of the Holy Prophet – may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him –and think of this not as a misfortune but as a fortune. They should remember that they are not alone and that their Prophet – may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him – also went through these difficulties. (Uyunul Hikaayah)