The revered source of emulation said that there is no poverty in Islam and if poverty exists in society, it is a result of not acting in the commandments of Islam.
AhlulBayt News Agency (ABNA): The revered source of emulation said that there is no poverty in Islam and if poverty exists in society, it is a result of not acting in the commandments of Islam.
In a meeting with a group of clients at the Imam Khomeyni Relief Committee, Grand Ayatollah Hoseyn Nouri-Hamadani emphasized that the Imam Khomeyni Relief Committee is one of Imam Khomeyni’s brilliant memorials, saying, “The Imam Khomeyni Relief Committee is very important and is a great lesson for the officials and supporters who don’t forget the poor people of society and make them their priority.”
The revered source of emulation emphasized that poverty doesn’t exist in Islam and added, “If poverty is created in society, it’s the result of not acting in accordance with the teachings and commandments of Islam.”
He continued, “Islam has regulated the life of mankind such that it doesn’t lead to poverty in society. By acting upon the commandments of Islam, poverty isn’t created in society. For this reason, the religion of Islam has given the spoils of war to the Islamic leaders of society, so that by properly utilizing them, they can eliminate poverty from society.”
Ayatollah Nouri-Hamadani stated, “In general terms, what is meant by ‘spoils of war’ is minerals. Any place where minerals exist must be placed under the supervision of the Prophet, Imam or the successor of the Imam. All the mineral, seas, unutilized lands, forests and every land that doesn’t have a determined owner is considered as among the spoils of war.”
The prominent teacher in the Islamic Seminary of Qom stressed that proper utilization must be made on the basis of a comprehensive plan on how to use financial resources to manage society. In such a situation, no poor people will remain in society.
He said that poverty is an accidental issue and said, “In society today, there are poor people who need help from others such that assistance must be given to them in a planned manner.”
Ayatollah Nouri-Hamadani said, “There are a few points in Islam about poverty that must be given consideration – the first is that in terms of respect for the poor, if one wants to look down at the poor, he would have committed a great sin.”
He emphasized, “According to the Prophet Muhammad, those who look down at the poor and consider themselves separate from this class of society are not Muslims. It must be noted that the emphasis of Islam is on the dignity of individuals, not their wealth and therefore, everyone who takes the most steps on the path of piety is more beloved with God.”
In conclusion, His Eminence stated that according to Islamic standards all people must live in prosperity and said, “It’s the duty of the authorities to manage society in such a way that everyone lives in prosperity. The issue of living conditions and economic problems mustn’t be a cause concern to society. It’s hoped that the problems of the people will be solved with the constructive efforts of the Imam Khomeyni Relief Committee to help in this way.”