Islam resolves both the agricultural failures of communism, and the housing failures of capitalism. How?

Communism suppresses the market as a distribution mechanism, because communists mistakenly believe that the excesses of capitalism stem from market dynamics...

/1 the accumulation of capital. To address this problem, they tried to abolish private property and collectivize ownership of everything. The result is that people have much less incentive to care for the land if they don't really own it. The real source of the crisis...

...of accumulation is the presence of riba and the absence of zakat. Zakat encourages spending and investing, because hoarding money means having to give money to the poor, bringing the money back into circulation. Riba rewards the rich for hoarding money, while zakat...

...discourages it. At the same time, it preserves private property, and leaves individuals in control of the distribution of goods and the management of land.

The task of land management is complex, so if it is put in the hands of a few people, as in a centrally...

...planned economy, they are bound to make mistakes. A classic example is the draining of Aral sea, in which the Soviet Union destroyed a freshwater sea with bad irrigation practices. This also results when the planners of the economy are disconnected from the land...

...and don't really understand the ecosystem. Farmers usually do understand this, so they tend to be more careful to care for the land, especially if they own it.

But the Soviet Union had no problem providing affordable and stable housing to everyone, while in the West...

Housing prices are completely out of control in many areas, meaning owning a home is impossible for many people, even those who are willing to take riba loans. This is because the presence of riba encourages the development of fractional reserve banking, which...

...distorts the market in multiple ways. One is that easy access to credit encourages wealthy speculators to buy up real estate, which drives up prices. In the short term, this leads to more employment as it stimulates the construction sector, but in the long term it...

...leads to credit and housing bubbles, which cause depressions when they are inevitably corrected. Additionally, the nature of capitalism/liberal democracy is that it allows the wealthy to manipulate regulation. Politicians influence legislation to force people...

/9 purchase materials from their factories - for example, to build houses using cement instead of mud. In return, the politicians get kickbacks they can use to get reelected.

In Islam, riba is prohibited, and additionally, it is not allowed to make haram what Allah...

...made halal. This means it is prohibited to do things like require people by law to have electricity or running water in their houses. Taxation is also much lower in authentic Islamic government, so there is no capacity to build agencies that control every aspect...

...of people's lives such that they can't just build a simple house using locally available materials like mud, sticks, and stones, and live in it.

This also prevents the massive concentration of wealth in the hands of owners of giant factories, which led to the rise...

...of communism in the first place. Communism would never exist in Islam, because communism is a response to capitalism/liberal democracy, and capitalism/liberal democracy would never arise in the context of sharia and the prohibition of riba.


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