There is a big problem in the world called Hunger. Those of us who are blessed with all the food we can eat, may not know how severe the problem is but it exists. The whole month of Ramadan is there to remind us how those who don’t eat all day feel.
But instead of feeling how those who don’t have the means to eat feel, Ramadan iftar parties have become an attractive and lavish event. our intent is right, if you help a Muslim break his fast, you get huge rewards from Allah but the placement might be better, if the money was spent, breaking the fast of those who truly need our help.
Us Muslims have lot of thinking to do and so does the governments. Industrialised nations especially those on the developed end tend to think the solution to world problems starts with policy development. For instance: one of the biggest question normally is “
” how do we eradicate world hunger?”
Let’s spent lots of money first, to assign a task force to study the issue. Focus on perceived causes, such as poverty, and effects, including disease and violence in the schools. Next, create a nutrition public policy. Then educate the group by writing an article on world hunger and circulate it to the task force members.
This industriousness can be effective-eventually. But when we’re talking global famine, there isn’t time for analyses that may span many months, years, or even decades. One of the five pillars of Islam is Zakat; giving percentage of your wealth in the name of Allah, it is a religious obligation for all Muslims who meet the necessary criteria of wealth. If every Muslim was to follow this pillar, there would be no poverty, there would be no hunger.
Ending World Hunger Begins With Compassion
Compassion’ is the most frequently occurring word in the Quran. Each of its 114 chapters, with the exception of the 9th, begins with the invocation ‘In the name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful.
When we can get out of our heads and into our hearts, we usually discover a simple answer that was there all the time: redistribution of resources. Have you seen an article on world hunger that addresses the heart of the matter: namely, that it is possible to end world hunger through love and compassion, rather than big money business via genetic engineering and deforestation.
We often grow the most during times of intense crisis, such as the cataclysm in Southeast Asia that took more than 150,000 lives and left millions more homeless. Response was immediate and global. No one needed to convene a committee to discuss world hunger, homelessness, poverty or pestilence; the outpouring of love, support and resources has been streaming in from around the world. That is what happens but if another disaster comes soon after, our compassion.
To End World Hunger : Peace Must Precede Food
If you look around, the wars and natural disasters are making things worst for Hunger and some smart people are beginning to get it right. One article on world hunger proclaims that,”Only peace can end the food crisis in the Congo.” With our world at war, how can we focus on creating fertile fields, or cultivating those that already exist? Peace and progress are key, reports this article. We may continue to blame illness, violence, and any number of other conditions on world hunger. But we may have it backwards.
A world hunger writer with a vegetarian perspective makes the case for “more equitable distribution of food resources” through greater agrarian output. This article also touches upon another key element fueling famine: misleading advertisements.
Are We Growing More Grain to Feed the Starving-Or Livestock?
We see ads in popular magazines for starving children in developing nations, perhaps accompanied by a touching plea about world hunger written by a celebrity, and pull out our checkbooks or credit cards. Yet, according to this source, “75% of the grain sent to third world nations goes towards livestock production. This livestock ends up in the U.S. and Western Europe.”
India Is Hungry, Yet Government Pricing Causes Wheat Exports!
Finally, a little-known economic factor created by governments can actually cause world hunger, as investigative journalist Thomas Sowell explains in his thought-provoking treatise on world hunger, unemployment and price controls. India, wrestling with rising malnutrition and hunger, nevertheless is exporting a huge surplus of wheat. Why? Because, says Sowell, the government of India is keeping the price of wheat artificially inflated-which the U.S. government has been doing for more than fifty years as well, leading to chronic agricultural surpluses here.
Is it any wonder that public policy creation doesn’t strike most thinking people as the best route to wipe out world hunger?
Winning the War
To win the war against world hunger; we first have to stop getting into wars. The destruction during the war is one of the main causes. We must use love and compassion and Peace Must Precede Food. If Zakat was paid and distributed properly, hunger would have hard time surviving and poverty would run away faster than Usain Bolt.