True richness comes from where?

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Many people mistakenly think that the abundance of wealth is the true richness. It is true that wealth is a great blessing from Allah which He bestows on His servants. And those who acquire wealth in a lawful manner and spend it properly will surely have a great reward from Allah. However, the idea that the one who has more wealth is the real rich is completely wrong.

One day the Prophet (peace be upon him) said to his beloved Companion Abu Jarr (R), “O Abu Jarr! Do you think the abundance of wealth is prosperity? ” Abu Jarr (R) said, “Yes, O Messenger of Allah.” The Prophet (peace be upon him) said again, “Then do you consider the scarcity of wealth to be poverty?” He said, “Yes, O Messenger of Allah.” Then the Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “The real prosperity is the prosperity of the heart, and the poverty of the heart is the real poverty.”

Who is the real rich? What is true richness?

The definition of rich and poor is basically the same for every human being: “He who is rich in wealth is rich, and the one who has fewer resources is the one who is poor.” But the Prophet (peace be upon him) avoided this natural thing and showed us a great truth. No sensible person can deny that.

In another hadith, the Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “The abundance of wealth is not real richness, but the real richness is the affluence of the heart.” (Bukhari, Muslim)

If we examine our surroundings a little bit, we will see that those who earn a lot of money a month can hear the regret of ‘no’ or ‘want more’, but there are some lucky people in this society who eat every day but even then, their words and deeds are satisfied. True richness is satisfaction. The Prophet (peace be upon him) instructed us on this criterion of rich and poor. According to him, who earns millions of money, but can’t sleep well at night because of the thirst for ‘want more’ is not a real rich.

Extending hands on the property of others

On the contrary, if the family somehow survives, one becomes rich of mind when he is satisfied. Because he has no interest in the wealth of others. Whatever little he earns and somehow manages his family but he is satisfied with that. When he goes to bed at night after paying his income and expenditure account, his sleep falls on his eyes.

But even when a millionaire unjustly extends his hand to the wealth of others in the intoxication of more wealth, or at least forbids his own comfort, in the eyes of society, whether they are rich or wealthy, they are not rich in heart. Although they sleep on a lot of wealth, they are basically poor. They have gained an abundance of wealth, but they have not been able to afford it.

If you want to go on in the world, you need wealth. That’s normal. So is the commentary of the Holy Quran. Allah says: “And do not hand over the wealth which Allah has provided for you to the poor. Rather, feed them from it, clothe them, and speak kindly to them 4: 5)

It is also very natural for people to be attracted to wealth. In the Holy Qur’an, Allah says: “Beautified for people are the love of that which they desire – of women and sons, heaped-up sums of gold and silver, fine branded horses, and cattle and tilled land. That is the enjoyment of worldly life, but Allah has with Him the best return.” (3:14)

Satisfaction with little things

Referring to this natural need of man, the Prophet (peace be upon him) also said, “Even if one of the children of Adam became the owner of two valleys full of gold, he would continue to look for another valley. Only the soil of the grave can fill his belly!” (Bukhari)

The restless lust for wealth is the traditional nature of man. However, those who can overcome this disposition and naturalness, those who are satisfied with more or less their own wealth, life in this difficult world becomes happy for them. The quality of being satisfied in this way is called ‘Kana’at’ or ‘Satisfaction with little things’.

Saad ibn Abi Waqqas (R) advised his son, “Listen, my son! When you look for something, look for it with little satisfaction. And if you are not satisfied, then no wealth will be of any use to you. ”