A controversial debate arises frequently regarding the responsibility of the well-off to help those who are less fortunate. Religions urge us to share our blessings because all material wealth was provided to us by God, we are accountable for how we use the wealth that we accumulate, and are responsible for spending it wisely while avoiding miserliness or spendthrift.
In the Holy Quran, chapter 20, Ta-Ha, we are reminded that God is the provider, he does not need us to provide for him “….We ask not of you a provision, We provide for you….”[20:132].
One might wonder why should one work so hard and then give a part of the earnings to others who may not have worked at all? Is it possible that life is purposely “unfair” by design?
In chapter 28, Al-Qasas, (the Narration) [28:82] “…It is God who enlarges the provisions or restricts it to whomever he pleases…”
Some individuals are given the “brains”, others enjoy the good looks, the physical strength, excellent “people skills”, or merely the good luck of “being at the right place at the right time”, whereas a good number of individuals have been denied all of the above and await charity from others in order to survive, as a test of the latter’s willingness to share and to express their gratitude as well as their obedience to the creator.
Quite a few verses in the Holy Quran refer to the believers’ responsibility to help others; in [28:77] “….do good as God has been good to you…..” Read more → (803)