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Islamic Careers
Islamic Careers

WHY IS CHARITY SO IMPORTANT IN ISLAM?

You know that zakat, or charity, is the Third Pillar of Islam, a major teaching. Being charitable and providing for the needy are important features of the Muslim character. Why is charity so important?
The existence of countless starving, poor, hungry and destitute Muslims and non-Muslims in the world points to the need for this essential teaching to be put into practice. Affluent Muslims may not realize how their wealth could strengthen whole communities. Giving charity correctly is crucial to both the well-being of the needy as well as the ultimate happiness of the wealthy. The Prophet emphasized this principle repeatedly.
The Forms of Charity

Wealth as a reponsibility in Islam

As a Muslim, there are many responsibilites the one should undertake in thislife. One of these responsibilities is management of wealth.Like most things in this life, wealth can be both beneficial (Arabic: NE'MAH) and detrimental (Arabic: NIQMAH). This depends on the following factors:

• Intention The intention (NIYYA) is of paramount importance in Islam. Everything you do depends on your intention, which is totally between you and Allah, no one else can know why you are doing something, except him. As most of us know, a Muslim is rewarded on normal everyday activities, if he makes the right intention to please Allah.

• How it wealth earned Wealth has to be earned in an Islamically permissible way. This means that it is not generated from prohibited business activities.

In the Name of Allah the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful

What is the philosophy of money in Islam?
How could a man stop worrying about his sustenance?
How could he avoid doing wrong in order to obtain his sustenance?
How could he avoid having to accept humiliating positions to earn his living?
Who is the (real) owner of money?
How did man come to be its administrator?
Why should we take care of money?
Why has Allah prohibited prodigality, extravagance and any other act of wasting money?
Why does Islam make it obligatory for a man to earn his living as an individual duty?
Are there any illicit means of obtaining sustenance which most Muslims are unmindful of?
How could we increase our sustenance according to the teachings of Islam mentioned in the Noble Qur’an and in the Sunnah of the Prophet?
These are the questions people are often anxious about, and they are the subject of this lecture.

The description of money in the Qur’an and the Sunnah:

1 – To Allah belongs the dominion of the heavens and the earth:

Earn money in a halal way

We live in a very material and cynical world. Unfortunately, everything revolves around money, and all eventually converge to them. In the last decade there has been a significant increase in inflation. The prices of basic necessities of life are increasing ...

Media control people's minds and show a lot of useless very important so that people buy these things for the huge sums of money. The importance of wealth has increased more than ever in the life of mankind. Everyone is running after money, regardless of the ways in which they are earned.

Money in Islam

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The Basics of Money in Islam (The Paying of Zakat and the Avoidance of Interest)

Learn two basic canons of Muslim money. Zakat is a tax levied upon all earning and able Muslims whereas interest is an income element that Muslims must avoid. Paying zakat (Islamic tax) is one of the tenets of Islam and thus, obligatory to all Muslims (al-Baqarah: 277). There are several reasons for paying zakat. One of the seven categories of zakat recipients are reverts to Islam (at-Tawbah), sealing camaraderie between born Muslims and new brothers and sisters of the faith. This is similar to the bonds created between the Ansar and the Muhajireen during the emigration from Makkah to Madinah.

The importance of money in Islam

Prophets Dawud and Sulaiman (A.S.) were rulers at their time. They were very rich and yet they were prophets. There were also some very rich Ashb-e-Rasool (S.A.W.), the richest of whom was Hazrat Abdur Rahman bin Auf, who was what would be termed a billionaire today. Yet, he was so religious that Prophet Mohammad (S.A.W.) was informed by angel Jibrael that Hazrat Abdur Rahman is a ‘jannati’. This shows that money is not something that is discouraged in Islam. In fact, a person can acquire a lot of good deeds and a place in heaven just on the basis of money. How about going for hajj, umrah, doing sadaqah, helping someone during a financial crisis, building a mosque, spending luxuriously on one’s family and a list of other things that are beneficial for spirituality.

The Material Issues of the House and the Family

O ye people! Eat of what is on earth, lawful and good; and do not follow the footsteps of the Evil One, for he is to you an avowed enemy. [Holy Quran: Baqara 2:168]

The Virtues and Vices of Wealth

A man's need for property and wealth to manage his life's affairs, and especially with the burdensome responsibility of managing a family, is a completely natural need. Wealth and property, business and commerce are not in any way connected with virtue or vice when they are not related to man. For example, iron is a type of property and may be molded into many shapes. Many tools are made from it, but until man gains control over it, it is simply a material having no benefits and no evilness. Iron is beneficial when managed by a polite, dignified and noble believer. When iron falls into the hands of a rude, forgetful, lustful rogue, it becomes an evil material.

Importance of earning wealth in Islam

Wealth is not just a bank balance and property, but it has many faces and features. Some of them are as follows.

WEALTH IS BLESSING OF ALLAH

Few verses from the holy Quran related to wealth;
“And whatever khair (wealth) you spend for Allah, Allah knows it well.
“It is compulsory for you to make will before your death. So that if you leave behind khair (wealth), it should be correctly distributed among parents and relatives. It is a must for those who fear Allah. (2:180)
“ O Muhammad (SAW), People ask you where they should spend. Tell them whatever khair (wealth) you want to spend, spend it for you parents, relatives, orphans and poor people of society and travellers. And whatever good deeds you will do, Allah knows it. (2:215)
In the above few verses of the holy Qu’ran Allah has refered to wealth as “khair”. Khair in Arabic means noble deed, attaining excellence, favour. In short is the blessing of Allah.

WHY SHOULD WE EARN MONEY?

The Quran and the Prophet about money matters

"Allah will deprive usury of all blessing, but will give increase for deeds of charity"4(Quran 2: 276).

Narrated Jabir ibn Abdullah: Allah's Messenger cursed the accepter of interest and its payer, and one who records it, and the two witnesses; and he said: They are all equal (Muslim).2

Abu Huraira related that the Prophet said: On the night of the Miraj I came upon a group of people whose bellies were like houses. They were full of snakes which could be seen from outside their bellies. I asked Gabriel who they were, and he told me that they were the people who had practiced Riba (Interest). (Ahmad, Ibn Maja)

Abdullah ibn Hanjalah related that the Prophet said: A dirham of Riba (interest) knowingly taken by a man is a sin worse than committing Zina (fornication) 36 times (Ahmad, Daraqutni).
Zakah-what you owe from your money

Brief Explanation of Islamic Economy in the Time of Prophet Muhammad

From the explanation that explained above, the conclusion may be taken as follows:
1. The Islamic prophet Muhammad is a tenacious in running its trading business.
2. The greatness of the Prophet's trademark is evident from his prowess in trading between the countries which they debuted new gained enormous profits.
3. When in Makah, economic activity (trade) more before Prophet Muhammad appointed Apostle. While in Medina the Prophet Muhammad in addition to running trade activities, he also established as head of State and head of the religion.
4. The economic activities of the Islamic prophet Muhammad in Medina is leading the market overseer is always active in supervising the legality of market mechanisms.
5. The Islamic prophet Muhammad strongly prohibits usury in the transaction.
6. Economic policy.

Islamic Economics in Medina Period

Medina period begins from the impact of the Prophet Muhammad PEACE BE UPON HIM along with his followers into the land of Yastrib (Medina). At that time the Prophet Muhammad and his companions-the muhajirun migrated to Medina in 622-munawwarah. After done agreement and the agreement with those Anshor (al-aus and al-kharaj) for protect and defend his religion, Medina became a fortress and a tough defense Center of Islam as well as a torch that emits light to various Islamic and from there spread wide to over the world.

In Medina, Prophet Muhammad was appointed head of State as well as a religious leader by the people of Medina (Muhammad, 2007: 11). As head of State, certainly he makes various policies to its community. Among these policies is; build the mosque, make laws, bringing together the muhajirun and anshor, establishing peace in the country, put together a system of Defense of the country, and founded the baitul mal (Muhammad, 2007: 11)

Islamic Economy after Apostolic of Muhammad

After the Islamic prophet Muhammad appointed Messengers, trading activity was slightly reduced. This is because he was busy broadcasting the Islamic religion which up to now be a religion that rahmatan lil'alamin. As an apostle, Prophet Muhammad challenged with conditions and situations of the Arab lands that the day is getting sidetracked from the path of God. Thus he prefers da'wah (anto, 2003: 269). However with the flurry of da'wah, Prophet Muhammad is not at all diminished attention to the business activities of trade in particular.

Islamic Economics Before Apostolic of Muhammad

In understanding the behavior of the Islamic prophet Muhammad before becoming an apostle, it will be good if seen backwards, a brief history of the Islamic prophet Muhammad. He was born on 12 rabiul start year elephant (about 570 M) in the city of Mecca. Prophet Muhammad was the son of ' Abd-Allaah ibn ' Abd al-Muttalib of Banu Hasym and siti Aminah Bin wahab of Banu Zairah (orphaned, 2000: 4).

During childhood, the Islamic prophet Muhammad many experiencing the sad events. These events include death of his father when he was still in the content; his mother died, he left expression in a village called Abwa (haykal. 1980: 61). When in the course of the tomb of his father; then left his views (Abdul Munthalib) who have determination, a sharp view of the authority, the Honorable amongst the arab (Abdul Munthalib is the holder of the keys to the Kaaba (haykal. 1980: 62)

Islamic Economics in the Time of Prophet Muhammad

In the beginning, the Arab community, before the advent of Islam is an advanced society in terms of the economy at all. This is evident (Arab jahiliah- ignorance). They are good at all in trade within the country or across the country so as to make them widely known to the other Nations on the Arabian Peninsula. This caused the trade has been entrenched in the tradition of the Arabs at that time.

Arab or more specifically the city of Mecca in General has become a place of knowledge or the bustling trading center visited by traders from a wide range of areas such as Egypt, Syria, Syria, and so on. In addition to the center of trade between regions, the city of Mecca is also the world's trade routes that connect between North, South, Sham, and Yemen, between East and West, the Persian Empire, as well as Egypt, (Mufrodi, 1997: 10).

The Spread of Islam Through Trade & Conquest

Islam spread quickly beginning in the seventh century through two primary means. The first method was conquest. Although no one was forced to convert after Muslim conquests, many found it advantageous, and some of the areas were eventually Islamized. The second method was trade, which spread the message of Islam through merchants.

Conquest: Muhammad and Arabia

The first Islamic community was founded at Medina in 622, an event which begins the Muslim calendar. From Medina the Muslims branched out, eventually capturing Mecca in 630. By the time of his death in 632, Muhammad had united the entire Arabian Peninsula under his new religion. Abu Bakr, Muhammad's first political successor, or caliph, put down rebellions in Arabia and set the stage for the rapid expansion that would follow.

Conquest: The Expanding Caliphate

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