Have you read the first three parts of the Abdullah Series? If not then make sure you have a read, because Inshallah the introductory blogs will set out for you the background of what the Abdullah series is all about and place the present blog in context.
In this blog we are extrapolating who Abdu’Dinar is. He or she is the servant of wealth and has made wealth and luxury his Ilah, his God.
Wealth is a trial from God Almighty
Allah Ta’la said in the Noble Quran:
“Your wealth and children are only a trial. The great reward is with God alone” (Tagabun,15)
Abdur-Rahman ibn ‘Awf related that the Glory of humanity ﷺ said,
“The accursed devil says that the wealthy will not be safe from him because of three things. First, he will make them live in fear of losing what they have. Second, he will push them to gather wealth without regards for other people’s rights. Finally, he will make them love what they love what they own so that they cannot part with it.” (Tabarani)
Also, our beloved Master ﷺ is reported to have said,
“Cursed are the ones who are the slaves of silver and gold, cursed are the ones who take this world as their god. (Tirmidhi)
The accumulation of wealth for the sake of this world is the one of the major causes to distance the Son of Adam from God, the Exalted.
The lover of wealth is ready to step on the necks of his fellow brothers and to compromise the commands of God, in order to amass the wealth of this world while forgetting death and the meeting with his Lord.
Especially in our present age of capitalism it is sad to see the greed and the consumerism of the modern man.
For instance, many are ready to sacrifice or delay marriage and having children for the sake of their career. In this case the issue isn’t about having a career or a good job to secure one’s future, this is even praiseworthy. But in our excessive attempt to achieve this we become forgetful that the Real Provider and Sustainer is Allah Azawajal, not the job!
Such attitude is one of the cause of many vices in our modern societies, such as scarcity of marriage and divorces which are skyrocketing which can be one of the worst of societal problems.
In fact, the pursuit of wealth is not to be condemned per se, but it becomes problematic when it stands as the purpose of one’s life. Whereas, our ultimate purpose of life should be to know, to love and to serve our Lord, one is reminded in Noble Quran when God declared,
“And I have not created the jinn and the men except that they should serve (or worship) Me.” (51:56)
“O you who have believed, let not your wealth and your children divert you from remembrance of Allah. And whoever does that – then those are the losers” (63:09)
Moreover, concerning those who have made the accumulation of wealth of this world as their purpose of life, God, the Exalted addresses the world in a divine tradition,
“O world, be a friend to My servant who remembers Me while looking at you, and be an enemy to the one who forgets Me while being involved in you. To those who serve Me in their lifetimes, be a servant yourself. To those who serve you, be a vicious master”.
And this is the reality of the modern man, how many wealthy men nowadays, despite their status are living in depression? Their families are divided apart, their children end up by squandering all the great fortune and becoming destitute. The worst scenario is that many of those rich men and women are committing suicide because of the pressure that comes with their wealth, and so many other cases.
This reality shows us that true richness is not the amount of wealth but the inner peace and inward tranquility which comes from the connection with God Almighty.
In addition, we read from the majestic book “The Path of Muhammad” written by Imam Birghivi (RA) that,
“There are also people who wish to enjoy their lives in this world to the full, without any regards to right or wrong, good or evil. They lust for fun, fun cost money. They spend for their fun today, but need to make and keep a lot of money for tomorrow- which for them will never end. For them is God’s warning:
‘Know that the life of this world is but amusement and diversion and adornment and boasting to one another and competition in increase of wealth and children – like the example of a rain whose [resulting] plant growth pleases the tillers; then it dries and you see it turned yellow; then it becomes [scattered] debris. And in the Hereafter is severe punishment and forgiveness from Allah and approval. And what is the worldly life except the enjoyment of delusion.’ (57:20)”
Islamic perspective on acquiring wealth
Now if amassing wealth for the sake of the enjoyment of this world is wrong, what is then the Islamic attitude of seeking wealth?
In reality, wealth is a gift from God the Exalted, he bestowed upon whoever He wants. It is even an obligation upon a Muslim to work hard and earn money that Allah Ta’la allotted him. Allah Azawajal says,
“But seek, with that (wealth) which Allah has bestowed on you, the home of the Hereafter, and do not neglect your portion of this world” (28:77)
A person needs to earn wealth not only to support himself and his family but also to prepare for the Hereafter, however this should be done following the prophetic way.
In this regard, Abu Qabsha al-Ansari reported that The glory of humanity ﷺ said,
“God gives a man knowledge and money. And if he is thankful, and loves and fears God, and feels that his family and others have rights over what he has, so that he shares his knowledge and his wealth with them- he is purchasing the palaces he will receive in Paradise.” (Tirmidhi)
From the above hadith, we could learn that the Islamic way of seeking wealth is that the person must be aware that only God is the Giver, thus, the wealth in reality belongs to Allah Ta’la.
Such awareness should incite in the person a sense of patience- in seeking the wealth, a sense of humility- after acquiring it, and finally a sense of love and fear of God- for giving him the wealth.
Also, one should avoid being stingy in giving back, because his family and poor people have rights over the wealth as well, and God Almighty commands us,
“And give the relative his right, and [also] the poor and the traveler, and do not spend (your wealth) wastefully.” (17:26)
When these conditions are met, then one’s wealth will bring about blessings in this world and the Hereafter.
Finally, let’s consider the immense wisdom which sum up the prophetic way of earning the wealth of this world from Ibn Ata’Allah’s Taj ala-Arus, and this was the way of the blessed Companions, may God be pleased with the all,
“Planning the affairs of this world for this world is to devise the means of amassing its delights, for the purpose of showing off and augmenting ones share thereof. And every time something is added to this, it increases one in heedlessness and self-deception. The telltale sign of this is that it takes one away from conformity to God’s command and leads one to violations.
Planning the affairs of this life for the Afterlife, on the other hand, is like one who arranges his business in order to profit lawfully therefrom, or to use it to bestow gratuitous favorite upon the poor, or to protect his honor from people in general. Its telltale sign is the lack of amassing and storing up wealth but, rather, using it to rescue others from ruin, giving preference to them over other ways of spending it.
From this it becomes clear that not everyone who seeks the benefits of this world is to be condemned. Rather, the condemned are those who seek these benefits for their selves, not for their Lord, for this world, not for the Afterlife.
The wealth of the companions did not disqualify them from being praised, inasmuch as they recognized the rights of their Master regarding their wealth. For these worldly possessions occupied their hands, not their hearts. Whenever they lost any of it, they bore this patiently. And whenever they gained anything, they thanked God. God simply tested them with poverty in the beginning, to the point that inner light was perfected and their inner conscience purified, at which time He disbursed this wealth them. (57:7)”
The lesson here is that a person should put things at the proper places, which means to uphold only Allah in one’s heart and the wealth in one’s hand.
If poverty hits you at some point of your life despite all your precautions and hard work, then know that this is a test in order to purify your inner conscience to only consider God as your ultimate purpose of life not the wealth.
The importance of purification to avoid the dangers of wealth
The Glory of humanity ﷺ spent the first 13 years of his prophecy for the cause of purifying the hearts and souls of his blessed companions, then God blessed them with worldly benefits after they had detached from it; that’s why their wealth only occupy their hands but God and His messenger occupy their hearts.
But when a person’s heart and soul is not purified, the result is that it becomes corrupted and easy for such a heart to get attached to any filthy or any worldliness of this world such as wealth; in this case the wealth stands as the god of the person.
In reality, only a person with a purified heart can put things at the proper places and uphold only Allah azawajal as God and as the ultimate purpose of one’s life. This shows the high importance of the education and purification of the heart of man, and God Almighty warned us in the Noble Quran in regards to the relationship between caring for our heart VS seeking wealth by stating,
“On a Day when neither wealth nor children will avail; except for the one who comes to Allah with a pure (or sound) heart.” (26:89)
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