Riches, Wealth, Luxuries…

In the name of Allah, The Most Beneficial, The Most Merciful.

O people of understanding, why have you gone astray?
O Ummah of Mohammad (saw), why the  heedlessness? O readers of the glorious book, why do you turn a deaf ear to its advice?

From the Qur’an & hadiths, we have been repeatedly warned about the dangers of loving wealth. As a muslim, one has to en-grave one thought into his mind: “wealth is beneficial, both for the dunya and the aakhirah, but it is just that and nothing more”. For the dunya, one will get to enjoy some of the bounties that Allah (swt) has endowed the earth with. While for the aakhirah, one can earn a great deal of good deeds through charity, and most importantly, maintain ones ‘taqwa’, as rasulullah (saw) said: ‘what a good helper is wealth in maintaining God-conciousness’ [kanz al-ummal].

But as said earlier, “it is just that & nothing more”. Not been rich doesn’t mean your life on this earth is worthless; Our prophets were neither rich nor are many of our respected scholars. And surely it is not the only way to paradise.

 “Verily, the most Honourable amongst you is that (believer) who has (the most) taqwa” [49:13]

Then why are we still heedless? We have raised wealth to such a high status. Now a persons value is only equivalent to his bank account. Not only that, we have even gone to the extreme to start worshipping wealth! we love dearly those who have

wealth, we can do ANYTHING to acquire this wealth, we flaunt our wealth as if its our most priceless possession, and we make excuses for the wrongdoings of the rich but never for the poor! worshipping it as if its some religion, subhanallah.

Remember, our bank accounts doesn’t guarantee us a spot in paradise and neither does living the most luxurious life on this earth mean it must continue after our death. 

It is indeed sufficient a reminder that our prophet (saw), the most beloved being to us and to Our Lord The Most High, was not a rich man and even used to make dua to Allah (swt) to make him love the poor. O ikhwaanee fid deen, our wealth cannot last forever. It will eventually perish or we will perish and leave it behind. But there is also that which will never perish.

Allah (swt) says:”Wealth and children are the adornments of this life, but the good righteous deeds (glorification of Allah, good & nice talk, nawafil salah, fast, obedience to Allah and one’s parents e.t.c ) THAT LAST, are better with your Lord for reward and better in terms of hope. [18:46]

Lastly, if you are one that has been granted wealth, strive to do good with it. It is from amongst the signs that one has blessing in his wealth when he does only good with it. When one only spends his money on the latest phones and fashion accessories, then that is not a good sign. 

Let’s try to remember this all the time so that we can change our mindset; ‘our ultimate goal in this world lies in acquiring good deeds not wealth, that will earn us jannah; ‘the land of everlasting luxury’. We pray to Allah (swt) to join us all together there, ameen.

“Allah (swt) expands wealth for whom He wills and restricts it (for whom He wills), and they rejoice in the life of this world (because of the wealth they have), but what is the life of this world compared with the hereafter except a brief passing enjoyment.” [13:26]