Author Topic: Is 43:32 implying that God creates social inequality?  (Read 101 times)

zigazigha

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Is 43:32 implying that God creates social inequality?
« on: April 26, 2021, 02:46:38 PM »
"Is it they who distribute your Lord’s mercy? We ˹alone˺ have distributed their ˹very˺ livelihood among them in this worldly life and raised some of them in rank above others so that some may employ others in service. ˹But˺ your Lord’s mercy is far better than whatever ˹wealth˺ they amass." [43:32]


Is this verse implying that social inequalities are God's will? Reading other verses it seemed to me that it's human beings who create injustice in this world. Or am I misunderstanding verse 43:32?

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Re: Is 43:32 implying that God creates social inequality?
« Reply #1 on: April 27, 2021, 04:12:59 PM »
Nope. Everyone has access to Allah's abundance. Nothing is impossible. But not every person wants the same thing. Take an individual's ability and wish into consideration. Some people do want to be employed by others.

Rank can mean almost anything like leadership skill or knowing how to run a company. It isn't important for a person to be personally wealthy to start or run one. Money can come from other sources. These days not even loan is needed. But wealth is given by God to a person so they can use it for the betterment of their community. 43:32 gives one example: so that some may employ others in service. Apparently, this is a part of formula that governs God's creations.

He condemns the idea of hoarding and showing off wealth.

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9:34 O you who believe, many religious leaders and preachers take the people's money illicitly, and repel from the path of GOD. Those who hoard the gold and silver, and do not spend them in the cause of GOD, promise them a painful retribution.

9:24 Proclaim: "If your parents, your children, your siblings, your spouses, your family, the money you have earned, a business you worry about, and the homes you cherish are more beloved to you than GOD and His messenger,** and the striving in His cause, then just wait until GOD brings His judgment." GOD does not guide the wicked people.

9:69 Some of those before you were stronger than you, and possessed more money and children. They became preoccupied with their material possessions. Similarly, you have become preoccupied with your material possessions, just like those before you have become preoccupied. You have become totally heedless, just as they were heedless. Such are the people who nullify their works, both in this world and in the Hereafter; they are the losers.


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