Are you rich?Posted: June 1, 2012
“And whatever you spend in good, it is for yourselves, when you spend not except seeking Allah’s Countenance. And whatever you spend in good, it will be repaid to you in full, and you shall not be wronged.” (2:272)
Your wealth is a blessing; your wealth is a fitnah (test). Look at your bank account, please look at how much you have right now. Every single pound, dollar, dinar, and dirham is one that will be questioned for. Alhamdulilah, we all live in comfortable homes, drive nice cars, and have nice laptops and phones but…others Muslims don’t. Your life is but dream to them, but they seek patience and reward..
And know that your possessions and your children are but a trial (fitnah) and that surely with Allah is a mighty reward. [Surah al-Anfal, 28]
Say: If your fathers, your sons, your brothers, your wives, your kindred, the wealth that you have gained, the commerce in which you fear a decline, and the dwellings in which you delight, are more beloved to you than Allah and His Messenger, and striving in His Cause, then wait until Allah executes His Decision (torment). And Allah guides not the people who are rebellious (disobedient to Allah). [Surah al-Tawbah, 24]
You have a choice today…what will it be? Will you be profit from your wealth? Will you invest in a successful business (with Allah), or will you let it drain your reward and leave you empty with accountability? Allah, subhannahu wa ta’ala, distributes His blessing to His slaves with His infinite Knowledge, Justice, and Kindness. Each one of us gets his share of blessings..and then, the worrying matter is..we are questioned for it! Allah will not leave us enter Jannah until each blessing is questioned for? How did you spend? What did you do with it?
The poor will enter Paradise before the rich by half a day, and that is five hundred years. [Al-Tirmidhi, Hasan Sahih]
This is because the rich are still being questioned. They had so much, so they are accounted for so much. For why would you be able to rest comfortably in your home while others are struck with poverty? Think about it.
It’s but a test! Your comfort is one that Allah seeks to test you with…please don’t forget that! Therefore, we should be Thankful and give back. We should use our wealth as a tool to get closer to Allah, and show Him, All-Mighty, how appreciative we are. Give, give, and give as much as you can. Give to the people closest to you, then give to the poor, to the orphan, to those who are in need of even one date or one dollar. Don’t abuse this blessing for it is not yours by ownership..it all belongs to Allah.
Then why not be one of the following:
Ibn `Umar reported: Messenger of Allah, sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam, said:
Envy is justified in regard to two types of persons only: a man whom Allah has given knowledge of the Qur’an, and so he recites it during the night and during the day; and a man whom Allah has given wealth and so he spends from it during the night and during the day.
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim]
You can be one of the two, or both. If Allah has given you wealth and richness, then spend it for His sake. You will find your reward multiplied on the day of Judgment, and your accountability lessen. It’s one of the greatest blessing to be given wealth and then the guidance to spend it wisely..
You are rich in this world, but richness in truth, means the ability to be guided in deed and action to enter Jannah.
Please contemplate the following hadith..
Some of the poor Emigrants came to Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) and said to him, “The wealthy have obtained all high ranks and everlasting bliss.”
He asked, “How is that?”
They replied: “They offer Salat as we do, and observe Saum (fasting) as we do, but they give in Sadaqah (charity) and we do not, and they emancipate slaves and we cannot.”
He (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) said, “Shall I not teach you something whereby you will catch up with those who have preceded you and will get ahead of those who follow you, and no one will surpass you unless he does the same as you do?”
They said, “Surely, O Messenger of Allah.”
He said, “Say: Subhan Allah, and Allahu Akbar, and praise Him (by saying Al-hamdu lillah) thirty-three times at the end of every Salat.”
They returned to him and said: “Our brothers, the possessors of wealth, having heard what we are doing, have started doing the same.”
Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) said, “This is Grace of Allah which He gives to whom He wishes.”
[Bukhari and Muslim]