May 10, 2019 Inheritance of Orphans
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God in the Quran puts a lot of emphasis on the rights of orphans. And this is representative of a Quranic society where the individuals with the least say the smallest voices and the least protected are disproportionately emphasized in the Quran to make sure that their rights are not violated and that they are not taken advantage of or victimized.
The ones in society with the smallest voice the least protected
Mahatma Ghandi who said “A nation's greatness is measured by how it treats its weakest members.”
What is the definition of orphan:
Someone who doesn’t have a mother or father
4:3 marrying the mothers of orphans
Merriam Webster: one deprived of some protection or advantage
Helping children who do not have a bread earner / protector
But what about the children of the future who are not even born yet?
They do not have a mom or dad
They have no say
Parents and schools
No parent guardian to speak on the child’s behalf can easily be taken advantage of
So how do the decisions we make impact the orphans..
Yet the decisions we make in our life can have a direct impact on their well being
[89:15] When the human being is tested by his Lord, through blessings and joy, he says, "My Lord is generous towards me." [89:16] But if He tests him through reduction in provisions, he says, "My Lord is humiliating me!" [89:17] Wrong! It is you who brought it on yourselves by not regarding the orphan. [89:18] And not advocating charity towards the poor. [89:19] And consuming the inheritance of helpless orphans. [89:20] And loving the money too much.
How many people would this apply to
The Earth is an inheritance for future generations
[7:100] Does it ever occur to those who inherit the earth after previous generations that, if we will, we can punish them for their sins, and seal their hearts, causing them to turn deaf?
[10:14] Then we made you inheritors of the earth after them, to see how you will do.
[6:165] He is the One who made you inheritors of the earth, and He raised some of you above others in rank, in order to test you in accordance with what He has given you. Surely, your Lord is efficient in enforcing retribution, and He is Forgiver, Most Merciful.
Future generations - Do not roam the earth corruptingly
[2:204] Among the people, one may impress you with his utterances concerning this life, and may even call upon GOD to witness his innermost thoughts, while he is a most ardent opponent. [2:205] As soon as he leaves, he roams the earth corruptingly, destroying properties and lives. GOD does not love corruption.
[7:74] "Recall that He made you inheritors after `Ad, and established you on earth, building mansions in its valleys, and carving homes from its mountains. You shall remember GOD's blessings, and do not roam the earth corruptingly.”
[25:63] The worshipers of the Most Gracious are those who tread the earth gently, and when the ignorant speak to them, they only utter peace.
[30:41] Disasters have spread throughout the land and sea, because of what the people have committed. He thus lets them taste the consequences of some of their works, that they may return (to the right works).
"The curious task of economics is to demonstrate to men how little they really know about what they imagine they can design.” Frederick Hayek
$22 trillion dollars of public debt
Each child in America is born with $62k of public debt
not included unfunded liabilities
Leave the place nicer than you started
[26:84] "Let the example I set for the future generations be a good one.
Gym retract your weights
Person wants to help the poor but not willing to help his parents with the dishes
Let everyone sweep in front of his own door, and the whole world will be clean. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
[4:85] Whoever mediates a good deed receives a share of the credit thereof, and whoever mediates an evil work, incurs a share thereof. GOD controls all things.
[36:12] We will certainly revive the dead, and we have recorded everything they have done in this life, as well as the consequences that continue after their death. Everything we have counted in a profound record.
[18:49] The record will be shown, and you will see the guilty fearful of its contents. They will say, "Woe to us. How come this book leaves nothing, small or large, without counting it?" They will find everything they had done brought forth. Your Lord is never unjust towards anyone.