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Empowering the Palestinians

The Palestinian economy is in one of its most wretched conditions. Israeli restrictions are largely to blame, as poverty rates in the Gaza Strip and West Bank have soared to 79.4 per cent and 45.7 per cent respectively. With a growing population and a shrinking economy, real per capita GDP is now 30 per cent below its height in 1999. The current physical obstacles placed on the Palestinian economy by Israel has paralysed the Palestinian economy. No economy can flourish under occupation, whose very intention is the disempowerment of Palestinian workers, farmers and the middle class.  Owing to lack of developmental projects and Israeli restrictions, the declining Palestinian economy is increasingly reliant on foreign aid. More aid would not revive the Palestinian economy, unless the Israeli restrictions are removed.

Fair Opportunities

Ya Sin (Ya Sin) - Chapter 36: Verse 47

"And when they are told: 'Give [in charity] out of what God has provided for you,' the unbelievers say to those who believe: 'Are we to feed those whom God could have fed, had He so willed? Clearly, you are lost in error.'"

Humour Guidelines

Humour is recommended in principle and is deemed to partake in recreation (istirwah) both for the joker and his audience. The Prophet is known to have had a sense of humour and practiced it in his own interaction, words, and action, both with children and adults. It is a condition of a permissible joke, however, that it is clear of lies. Similarly, jokes, whether in words or in action, are either forbidden or reprehensible (mahzur, makruh) if they are tactless and harmful to one's audience or to those who may not be present, or when it involves taking of someone's belonging in the name of a practical joke.

Demonetization of Indian Rupees

The Indian rupee is named after the silver coin, rupiya, first issued by Sultan Sher Shah Suri in the 16th century and later continued by the Mughal Empire. Since then, the Indian currency has witnessed a rich history of several denominations of notes and several instances of demonetization. In a total surprise move, the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi scrapped Rs 500 and Rs 1000 making these notes invalid in one of the boldest crackdowns on black money and corruption in India.

Generosity and Piety

Righteous deeds of all kinds bring us closer to Allah, but this is especially true of our acts of kindness to others. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said:

There was a merchant who used to extend credit to people. If he found one of his customers to be in straightened means, he would say to his assistants: "Forgive them their debt, perhaps Allah will forgive us." Allah did forgive him. [Bukhari, Muslim]

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