The prominent Muslim scholar Sheikh Yusuf Al-Qaradawi in this regard has stated that: “In fact, Islam introduces a very great and unique concept of brotherhood. In Islam, all people constitute one brotherhood. No one is beyond the borders of this brotherhood. Islam makes it clear that wealth, position, lineage or social status are not valid reasons for feeling haughty or superior. In Islam, rulers and subjects are linked in one brotherhood. The Hadith reads: “The Best of your rulers are those whom you love and who love you in return, whom you supplicate for and who supplicate for you in return. The worst of your rulers are those whom you hate and who hate you in return and whom you curse and who curse you in return.” (Reported by Muslim)
Also, a servant is a brother to his master. The bond of mastership and servitude does not change this fact. In the Authentic Hadith: “Your servants are thy brethren. Allah has put them under your control. He could, if He willed, make you under their control. Thus, whoever has his brother under his control, let him feed him of his same food and dress him of his same dress. Never saddle them with work that goes beyond their capability. If the work happens to be somehow difficult, lend them a helping hand.” (Agreed Upon)
In Islam the poor and the rich, the employers and the employees, the landlords and the tenants are all brothers. Islam has nothing to do with social strife or class malice. In Islam, there is nothing called classes as was the case during the Medieval Ages in Europe where such system was based on the customs and the traditions and even the ruling laws. Up to our present time, the system was still prevailing in many countries.
Islam has no objection to wealth. However, it stands against establishing a social class that monopolizes wealth. It stresses the fact the like any other human being, the rich are subject to the vicissitudes of life and its ups and downs. It also gives glad tidings to those who are poor that there is an ease and every cloud has a silver lining. Almighty Allah says: “But lo! with hardship goeth ease” (Ash-Sharh: 5)
In Islam, the door is open to any qualified person to be a Muslim scholar. Islam does not make of its scholars clergymen or priests, for they are something far different from this. Being a scholar means being responsible for guiding people and teachings them the matters of their religion. Since Allah Almighty addresses His Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, saying: “ Remind them, for thou art but a remembrancer. Thou art not at all a warder over them.” (Al-Ghashiyah: 21-22), then it is natural that Muslim scholars who keep on the way of their Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, are neither warders nor tyrants. They are just reminders and guides.”
Almighty Allah knows best.