The Abandonment of Alms


 

When they regard giving alms as a punishment [a burden instead of a religious observance]. (Tirmidhi) When that time comes, alms will be taken by force as a punishment and extortion as loot. (Fera Idu Fevaidi'l Fiqr Fi'l Imam al-Mahdi al-Muntadhar, pp. 146-47)

 

Protecting and watching over the poor and needy is a requirement of the religion's moral values. God has commanded believers to give alms to those in need, to meet their needs, and to protect and watch over them. As a result of this moral necessity, poverty disappears in societies that live by religion's moral values, due to the existence of social solidarity. In the End Times, on the other hand, people will turn away from the religion's moral values, causing the almost total disappearance of almsgiving.

 

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