Religion And Poverty: Religious Teachings On Social Justice, Helping The Poor (QUOTES)
As the Democratic National Convention meets in Charlotte, North Carolina the mandate of caring for the poor has largely dropped out of the conversation, replaced by a more popular focus on the middle class.
The United States is one of the world’s most religious and religiously diverse nations. Nearly all of the world’s religions focus on the requirement of truly religious people to care for the poor.
HuffPost Religion hopes that politicians and voters of all parties will continue to place the needs of the most vulnerable at the center of their campaigns. As Mahatma Gandhi is reported to have said: “A nation’s greatness is measured by how it treats its weakest members.”
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- Baha’u’llah, The Hidden Words
O ye rich ones on earth! The poor in your midst are My trust; guard ye My trust, and be not intent only on your own ease.
Have compassion for all beings, rich and poor alike; each has their suffering. Some suffer too much, others too little.
In a country well governed, poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of.
– Luke 6:20-21
Then he looked up at his disciples and said: ‘Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.
‘Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you will be filled. ‘Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh.
- Mahabharata XIII 7.7
He who feeds a stranger and a tired traveler with joy attains infinite religious merit.
- Qur’an 11:85-86
And O my people! Give just measure and weight, nor withhold from the people the things that are their due: commit not evil in the land with intent to do mischief. That which is left you by Allah is best for you, if ye (but) believed!
- Leviticus 19:9-10
When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap to the very edges of your field, or gather the gleanings of the harvest. You shall not strip your vineyard bare, or gather the fallen grapes of your vineyard; you shall leave them for the poor and the alien: I am the Lord your God.