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Afghan Businessman Built a Mosque, School and Public Park

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Afghan Businessman Built a Mosque, School and Public Park

An Afghan businessman named Haji Amin from Parwan province established an Islamic school, a mosque and a public park in Charikar, central city of Parwan province.

The total value of the properties is worth more than USD 4 million.

According to Saifullah Hassan Zai, Head of Parwan Tribes, the school has a capacity of 14 classrooms, and the mosque has a capacity of 500 worshippers. The public park with an area of 20 acres of land is made in 5 years.

Haji Amin’s charitable act serves as a good example of the “invisible hand”—the term coined by Adam Smith to describe the self-regulating nature of a capitalistic market. According to Adam Smith, in a free market each participant acts out of self-interest and produces a good or service, which is of use to another participant. Such interactions among the participants in the market balances out the demand and supply and bring to an equilibrium point where the price of the product or service is determined.

The term “invisible hand” was first coined in Adam Smith’s “The Theory of Moral Sentiments”. He has described the desire of men to be respected by the members of the community in which they live, and the desire of men to feel that they are honorable beings. In order to fulfill that desire, they share their wealth with the poor.

In his book, he also discusses the pity or compassion human beings natural have towards each other. The Theory of Moral Sentiments begins with the following assertion:

“How selfish soever man may be supposed, there are evidently some principles in his nature, which interest him in the fortunes of others, and render their happiness necessary to him, though he derives nothing from it, except the pleasure of seeing it. Of this kind is pity or compassion, the emotion we feel for the misery of others, when we either see it, or are made to conceive it in a very lively manner. That we often derive sorrow from the sorrows of others, is a matter of fact too obvious to require any instances to prove it; for this sentiment, like all the other original passions of human nature, is by no means confined to the virtuous or the humane, though they perhaps may feel it with the most exquisite sensibility. The greatest ruffian, the most hardened violator of the laws of society, is not altogether without it.”

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