Good God! is it possible that, seeing one of his fellow-creatures starving, destitute of everything, a man can rest and live comfortably in his luxurious mansion? He who meets another in the greatest misery, can he enjoy his fortune? That is why, in the religion of God, it is prescribed and established that wealthy men each year give over a certain part of their fortune for the maintenance of the poor and unfortunate. That is the foundation of the religion of God, and the most essential of the commandments.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Bahá’í World Faith, p. 283-284)
If they are wealthy, they should make these bestowals a means of drawing nigh unto God’s Threshold, rather than being so attached to them that they forget the admonitions of the Pen of the Most High.
(The Universal House of Justice, Messages 1963 to 1986, p. 437)
When the laws he has instituted are carried out there will be no millionaires possible in the community …
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Foundations of World Unity, p. 36)
Would that the inhabitants of the world who have amassed riches for themselves and have strayed far from the True One might know who will eventually lay hand on their treasures; but, by the life of Bahá, no one knoweth this save God, exalted be His glory.
(Bahá’u’lláh, The Summons of the Lord of Hosts, p. 171)