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Religious Studies

Islam: poverty and wealth

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The world’s religions teach that God is good, and that God wants all people to enjoy a ‘good life’. Religious people believe that they have a responsibility to try to make the world a better, more equal place for everyone.

Human rights

The world is a place where many people are poor and suffering, while there are some very rich people and institutions living more comfortable lives. People living in developing countries often have a very low standard of living: they do not benefit from modern medical care, have few opportunities for education and little or no access to technology.

Religions teach that this is wrong; everyone should have the opportunity to enjoy the wealth that God’s world has to offer.

Religions teach that this is wrong; everyone should have the opportunity to enjoy the wealth that God’s world has to offer.

The First Article of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights says:

All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.

The Declaration also says:

freedom from fear and want has been proclaimed as the highest aspiration of the common people, the peoples of the United Nations have … determined to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom

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