Chapter

Poverty

Rusmir Mahmutćehajić

in The Mosque

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print May 2006 | ISBN: 9780823225842
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823237159 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823225842.003.0013
Poverty

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This chapter presents Islamic teachings about poverty. The summit of human potential is evidenced by our piety, which is more than mere orientation in space or subjugation to time. True piety is the submission which leads to faith—that is, to love and knowledge, which are confirmed by giving. Responsibility to the needy is responsibility to God, which means to oneself. The human self has the ability to turn inward, seeing its bodily state as animal and subordinate, and hence distinct from the self which is illumined by the Spirit. In so doing, the self differentiates between sacrifice and awareness as the ultimate potential for approaching and uniting with Reality.

Keywords: Islam; poverty; sacrifice; piety; giving; self

Chapter.  1244 words. 

Subjects: Islam

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