I've been reading some stuff about Islam, I have been going to Islamic type forums and I have managed to build up a very general picture about Islam and Muslims in general. That picture seems to be that Islam seems to be geared towards the poor. Is this true?
For example, it seems that Islam seems to give poor people reassurance to be happy with what they have. I don't understand that. You get what you dedicate your life towards right? Which is why the rich are rich and the poor are poor. For example, if the rich gave all their money to the poor, it would only be a matter of time before all that money ends up with the rich again.
Think about it, doesn't a student who studies medicine day and night for years become a good doctor? Doesn't a student who studies science day and night for years end up creating a rocket which takes man to the moon and back? So it's only natural that a student who studies wealth day and night for years becomes wealthy, just as a student of Islam who studies Islam day and night becomes a scholar.
Anyway, what I have found on Islamic forums is that people seem to be hostile towards the rich. For example, whenever I try to chat to muslims on an islamic forum, and tell them that they need to do something if they want the good stuff in the world, you have to work hard at it. I normally get a response that this life is not to earn money.
Why? The more money you have the more you can give to charity, the more you can help people. But it seems that is not how the average muslims sees it. Is that because Islam teaches you that? i.e. money isn't everything. I agree money isn't everything, but it's right up their with oxygen when it comes to importance.
So my question, is Islam geared towards the poor, as I always seem to get hostile responses from Muslims when I tell them that they need to work hard if they want to earn plenty of money to help the poor and needy in abundance.
Another example that I have found is that it seems generally accepted that if you're poor, you're poor, that's how god wants you to be. Really? God doesn't want you to have billions so you can give millions to charity? God prefers for you to be poor, so you don't give to charity, or at best have a little money to give 2.5% a year, which works out to a few $100 dollars?
So my question, if it's not clear from the text above, is Islam geared towards the poor, and does it try to reassure the poor to be content with the little they have instead of striving to earn more in-order to help more people financially?
Also, please understand that everything I have said about Muslims is very very general based on opinions created by myself by speaking to only a few Muslims. So I fully understand that it might not be true in all cases, or all of the time. I did mention something like this before, but it seems to have been edited out for some reason..