8. Need for Economic Equity & Eradicating Poverty

8. Need for Economic Equity & Eradicating Poverty

The wealth of a nation should be used to ensure that every member of society has access to certain essential facilities. Islam does not say that the wealth of the rich should be forcibly taken from them and that they should only be permitted to keep a basic amount. Islam says that a countryโ€™s resources form the national wealth, and so they should be used to serve every class and every segment of society.

Islam teaches that all of the natural resources are for the benefit of entire mankind and not for the selected few. When this is not the case, we find the frustrations and restlessness of the poor and deprived segments of society continue to increase and this leads to rebellion and internal disorder within those countries. The poor people of these developing nations become so frustrated that they turn against not only their own leaders, but also the major world powers. As such, eradicating poverty becomes of utmost importance in the sustainable establishment of world peace.