What does the Quran say about getting rich?
God wants man to live in happiness and wealth. He bestows riches on men. Allah shall willingly help anyone who wants to get rich and each man can safely count on that. “It is He who enriches and suffices” (53:48) “He will send rain from the sky upon you in continuing showers and give you increase in wealth and children and provide for you gardens and provide for you rivers.” (71:11-12). But the wealth which Allah bestows cannot be anything but righteous. This is the instruction contained in the Holy Quran. Unjust riches shall be censure for man on the Day of Judgement, because they come his way not as a reward from the Lord but as a temptation from Satan. How can we get rich? What has the Quran got to say on this?
“Wealth and children are but adornment of the worldly life. But the enduring good deeds are better to your Lord for reward and better for one’s hope.” (18:46) To be granted riches on earth one must strive to obtain riches in Heaven, namely, to have whole-hearted, sincere faith in Allah and carry out all of his commandments; to do the namaz, to give the zakat, to repent of sins, to have fear of Allah and to have a family. Riches will be streamlined to them that lead a righteous life. While the riches that are not righteous, i.e. the ones coming from Satan, shall be held against the men possessing them on the Day of Judgement.
To obtain wealth every man must work. Idleness and usury cannot earn you righteous riches. Laying back and counting interest is a snapshot of Hell and a sure way to damnation in the hereafter. Fraud and deception cannot earn you righteous riches. The Lord shall punish you for deceiving others not only in the life to come but in this life, too, by sending you failure, illness, undoing. It is neither possible to earn riches without being a faithful believer in Allah. It shall do you no good, shall be Satan’s illusion leading straight into Hell Fire. “Indeed, those who disbelieve – never will their wealth or their children avail them against Allah at all. And it is they who are fuel for the Fire.” (3:10)
To those who have believed and have vested their hope in Allah, He shall grant His Grace. Get down to work and you may be sure that work is rewarded with fruit. “O you who have believed, indeed the polytheists are unclean, so let them not approach al-Masjid al-Haram after this, their final year. And if you fear privation, Allah will enrich you from His bounty if He wills. Indeed, Allah is Knowing and Wise.” (9:28) “Have you seen he who disbelieved in Our verses and said, “I will surely be given wealth and children?” (19:77)
Family is another important condition for obtaining riches. Allah shall provide for those who have family for it is the pillar of faith and righteous life. “And marry the unmarried among you and the righteous among your male slaves and female slaves. If they should be poor, Allah will enrich them from His bounty, and Allah is all-Encompassing and Knowing.” (24:32)
We often rake our brains trying to figure out how to make money, yet the answer is there for the taking. It is the advice from Allah, the Maker of us all and the Maker of all wealth: “That is instructed to whoever should believe in Allah and the Last day. And whoever fears Allah – He will make for him a way out.” (65:2) Sailors in the British Navy used to say that if you want to get the better in battle, you must ‘keep your powder dry and trust the Lord’. This is exactly what the Holy Quran prescribes to get rich: faith in Allah, work, prayer and piety.