In this video, Younus AlGohar explains why it is prohibited (haram) for one to take money for services to the religion.
– People think to have unshakeable trust in God means to believe that he will take care of everyone’s needs without them needing to do anything, but this is wrong. Unshakeable trust in God is for those who have become connected to God.
– When God appoints someone on duty to take care of his creation, they don’t make money. So God takes responsibility of them and their needs. When God tells them that he is responsible for them, and they wait for him to fulfil their needs, this is unshakeable trust in God.
– It wasn’t just the saints God took responsibility of; it was also the clerics in the mosque. In the past, people would donate food and clothes to these clerics and they would respect them. Now, the clerics take money for their work so they are not actually serving the religion; rather they are just doing another job. God does not like this. To take money in exchange for services to the religion is prohibited in Islam.
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