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Rizq has always been a subtle topic to grasp for me. It is Muslim belief that God has taken the responsibility of distributing and providing rizq to all the creatures. But the interpretation of this responsibility is unclear to me. Throughout this discussion I am assuming that the meaning of the word Rizq is primarily food, cloth and shelter (with emphasis on food). Allah says:- "And there is no creature on earth but that upon Allah is its provision, and He knows its place of dwelling and place of storage. All is in a clear register." [surah hud Verse 6] Imam Ali(a) said:- “‘The Cherisher and Sustainer of the worlds’ means their Owner, their Creator, and the Provider of their daily bread through ways which they know of and ways which they do not know of. The daily sustenance is divided up. It will reach the Children of Adam no matter which way they go in this world. One’s piety will not cause an increase in it, neither will a wicked person’s corruption cause a decrease in his share of the daily bread. There is a veil in between one and his share of the daily bread, and he is running after his daily bread. If one tries to escape from his share of the daily bread, it will follow him just as death does."[uyoon Akhbar Al-Reza Úáíå ÇáÓáÇã Chapter 28 Tradition number 30] These suggest that a man must not worry about his rizq because the part that Allah has fixed for us will reach us no matter what just like death reaches us no matter what. But if you take a look at what happens in real world I am unable to see these said principles into action.There are millions and millions of people who die of starvation. Man has made systems in this world which keep making the rich even more rich while the poor becomes even more poor. All this observation implies how sustenance is in man's hand and how the powerful deprive the poor of even the most basic necessities of life. I have been searching for an explanation which makes sense. Which would neither contradict Quran nor contradict what we see. I am searching for an answer which adds it all together smoothly. I wonder why no one asked any Infallible that If God has taken the responsibility of providing rizq then why do people die of starvation? Kindly share your thoughts on this issue and if you know of any tradition from Infallibles please do mention it. Thank you
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