Actual Opinion

Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Alleviating the Poverty

In this world, almost every leader when they were campaigning to their people to elect them to become their leader, most of them were having similar jargon, which was alleviating the poverty. Also most of the candidates for local government and also candidates for legislatives, they also mostly having similar jargon during their campaigns, which was promise of alleviating the poverty.

But in reality, after they were elected, apparently alleviating the poverty is not easy, this is something which is very hard and almost impossible to achieve within 5 years duration.

Why is this in fact very difficult to alleviate the poverty? The answer is because most of the leaders have been wrongly describe and understood the true meaning of the poverty itself. Most of the people and the elected leaders see that poverty is just a problem of the people who do not have enough money or wealth, so whenever we give some money to them then the poverty will be alleviated. But in reality it is not like that. No matter how much mone we give to those poor people, they will still stay on the poverty.

The poverty can not be alleviated by giving subsidy to be consumed by poor people. No matter how much subsidy fund we disbursed, they will stay at the poverty line. This is because in fact, the poverty can only be alleviated if the poor people try to create their own efforts to raise up their own living standards.

Below is the proposition from Allah swt which was stated in the holy Qoran of how it should be to change the destiny of the poor people.

إِنَّ اللَّهَ لَا يُغَيِّرُ مَا بِقَوْمٍ حَتَّىٰ يُغَيِّرُوا مَا بِأَنْفُسِهِمْ ۗ وَإِذَا أَرَادَ اللَّهُ بِقَوْمٍ سُوءًا فَلَا مَرَدَّ لَهُ ۚ
وَمَا لَهُمْ مِنْ دُونِهِ مِنْ وَالٍ

“..... Indeed, Allah will not change the condition of a people until they change what is in themselves. And when Allah intends for a people ill, there is no repelling it. And there is not for them besides Him any patron.” (QS 13:11)

Today there are a lot of leaders who create a card program to be distributed amongst poor people to get subsidy in the form of money, education fund or a healthy fund to be consumed by those poor people in Indonesia which has quantity of around 26.5 million people.

Will it be succeed with that card program for poor people, can it alleviating the poverty in Indonesia? The answer is No. We can check it with the poverty level in Indonesia which is still remaining high, and even there is decrement level each year but its rate is not very significant. Why? It is because by giving the card program to the poor people to get subsidy to be consumed by them it will not change their living standards. This has become the rule from Allah swt as already stated in the verse of Quran above.

If so, then how can we alleviating the poverty? Out guru suggested for creating a job card for the poor people. So the poor people are forced and pushed to create efforts by giving working capital for their own business. With this way then the poor people themselves who are pushed to make efforts to raise up their living standards with their own venture and business. So that is the way how Allah swt will change the destiny of a people as had been contained in the message of the verse of Qoran above.

So it is the way out for 26.5 million poor people in Indonesia so they are able to get out from the poverty circle which ensnared them. The most righteous Allah with all His words. (AK/ST)