‘Abdullah ibn Mas’ud radhiallahu ‘anh said, “This world is only taken as a home by those who will have no real home in Jannah, and it is the wealth of those who will have no real wealth, and it is gathered and collected for by those who have no real intelligence.”
In today’s materialistic world, it is very likely that one of us will lose perspective and vision. What do we consider real wealth?
What do we covet? What is profitable investment? Is it the hundreds of thousands I spend on my education only with the intention of obtaining a high paying career? Or is the objective of my study to benefit the Ummah, earn Halal income for my family, and raise educated children? Is my wealth the amount I have saved up in my bank account? When I see someone whom Allah has blessed with the riches of this world, what is my first thought? Do I really believe that wealth equals happiness and safety?
Allah gives a stern warning to those who hoard wealth and tire themselves in pursuit of it.
(وَالَّذِينَ يَكْنِزُونَ الذَّهَبَ وَالْفِضَّةَ وَلَا يُنفِقُونَهَا فِي سَبِيلِ اللَّهِ فَبَشِّرْهُم بِعَذَابٍ أَلِيمٍ…)
(يَوْمَ يُحْمَىٰ عَلَيْهَا فِي نَارِ جَهَنَّمَ فَتُكْوَىٰ بِهَا جِبَاهُهُمْ وَجُنُوبُهُمْ وَظُهُورُهُمْ ۖ هَٰذَا مَا كَنَزْتُمْ لِأَنفُسِكُمْ فَذُوقُوا مَا كُنتُمْ تَكْنِزُونَ)
…And those who hoard gold and silver and spend it not in the way of Allah – give them tidings of a painful punishment. The Day when it will be heated in the fire of Hell and seared therewith will be their foreheads, their flanks, and their backs, [it will be said], “This is what you hoarded for yourselves, so taste what you used to hoard. (Surah Al Tawbah 34-35)
‘Abdul Razzaq recorded a Hadith from ‘Ali radhiallahu ‘anh that the Messenger of Allah sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said:
تبًا للذهب تبًا للفضة يقولها ثلاثا فشق ذلك على أصحاب رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم وقالوا: فأي مال نتخذ؟ فقال عمر رضي الله عنه: أنا أعلم لكم ذلك من رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم فقال: يا رسول الله: إن أصحابك قد شق عليهم، وقالوا : فأي المال نتخذ؟
((“Woe to gold! Woe to silver!” He repeated this statement thrice, and this was hard on the Companions of the Messenger of Allah sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, who said, “What type of wealth should we use?” ‘Umar radhiallahu ‘anh said, “I will find out for you,” and he asked, “O Allah’s Messenger! Your statement was hard for your Companions. They asked, “What wealth should we use?”))
لسانًا ذاكرًا وقلبًا شاكرًا وزوجةً تعين أحدكم على دينه
((A tongue moist with remembrance, a heart full of gratitude, and a wife that helps one of you to implement his religion.))
Don’t we claim to love the Messenger of Allah sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam? Don’t we agree that his guidance is the best guidance?
Well, this is what he considered wealth:
1- The constant, perpetual remembrance of Allah that gives you hope of His mercy and keeps you away from His wrath.
2- Thankfulness and appreciation to Allah for the blessings you are living in.
3- A righteous companion who will guide you gently back to Him when you are lost and aid you in attaining the highest objective- Jannah and the Pleasure of Allah.
Abu Hurayrah radhiallahu ‘anh narrated that the Messenger of Allah sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said, “If I had gold equal to the mountain of Uhud, it would not please me that anything of it should remain with me after three nights (i.e., I would spend all of it in Allah’s Cause) except what I would keep for repaying debts.” (Sahih Bukhari)
اللهم لا تجعل الدنيا أكبر همنا و لا مبلغ علمنا و لا إلى النار مصيرنا و اجعل الجنة هي دارنا و قرارنا برحمتك و جودك و كرمك يا أرحم الراحمين
O Allah! Do not let this world be the greatest of our worries, nor let this world be the limit to our knowledge, nor make the Fire of hell our fate, and make Jannah our home and our final abode.
– The Sahara Bloggers (Umm Saifullah)