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The Koran A predominant theme in any religious text is the treatment of the poor by the rich Although not two texts state their themes identically the holy book entitled the Koran has a definite similarity in the way the rich are expected to treat the poor as in Jesus teachings to his followers In the Koran those who possess wealth are encouraged to Serve none but Allah show kindness towards your parents and your kindred and the orphans and the poor and speak to men kindly and be steadfast in prayer and give alms 83K pg 265 This passage sets a definite tone for the topic of the treatment of the poor and the theme continues to develop throughout this work Although the wealthy are encouraged to give alms to the poor in the name of Allah they are in turn blessed in his eyes for this This is shown very clearly in passage 261 of the Koran where it is stated that Those who spend their wealth in Allahs cause are like grain that grows to seven ears in every ear a hundred grains for Allah will double those he pleases for Allah both embraces and knows The Koran goes on in this fashion in passages 215 pg 272 254 262 and 265 pg 275 as well as 267 and 274 pg276 The promise of the wealthy earning glory in the eyes of Allah for giving what they have is apparent This shows favor towards the wealthy whereas in Jesus teachings to his followers poverty is seen as divine 5GoM pg 229 The Koran also offers its wealthy followers paid loopholes in certain circumstances In the case of fasting those who have the means can feed a starving man in the place of their fasting period 184K pg270 This is a grave difference from the teachings of Jesus Christ taught through his actions of good deeds 23GoM pg228 The loopholes or
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