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What is abundance of wealth? How much wealth does one need?

Islam 10 Feb 2021
Opinion
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We have already discussed what the Prophet (peace be upon him) said about the abundance of wealth. In this episode, we will see that the hadith of the Prophet (peace be upon him) about a little satisfaction is more vivid.

The Prophet (peace be upon him) said,

“When one of you spends the morning in a safe and healthy body at home and has the food of that day, it is as if the whole world has been brought together for him.” (Tirmidhi)

Safe shelter, healthy body, and full-day food supply. So what else do you want? Anything above this is abundance of wealth. Abdullah bin Umar (R) was one of the Companions who was blessed with the companionship of the Prophet (peace be upon him) from his childhood. Assimilating the teachings of Islam, he said,

“Do not wait until evening when you arrive in the morning and do not wait until morning when you arrive in the evening.” (Bukhari)

Is one day’s sustenance enough abundance of wealth?

So do you have to give up earning if you have so much wealth? No, not at all. The Prophet (peace be upon him) also said, “It is better to leave your heirs in a state of wealth than to leave them helpless, begging at the door of the people.” (Bukhari)

Understandably, it is better to leave a child as rich than to be a beggar. So if it is, then you have to earn and that too is not like eating day in and day out; rather more. Apparently, another hadith can be mentioned to resolve this conflict. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “O people, fear Allah and make it easy for you to seek sustenance. Because no one will die before he has fully accepted the sustenance assigned to him. So fear Allah and seek to make a living. Accept what is lawful and reject what is unlawful.” (Ibn Majah)

We can take this hadith as the basic principle in all matters of earning a living, earning a living, meager satisfaction, etc. The guidance of Hadith regarding abundance of wealth is clear. Whoever is provided with sustenance from Allah will get it. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said emphatically and firmly that death will not come to anyone before he has fully accepted this prescribed provision. That is the judgment of Allah.

So, it is our duty to continue to strive for that livelihood as much as possible. By commanding this effort, Allah says, “When the prayer is over, disperse in the land and seek the bounty of Allah, and remember Allah much, that you may be successful.” (62:10)

Need moderation and coordination

That means we have to try. The appointed sustenance will come in time – just as it is true that the sustenance will receive as much as he is destined for. But you can’t just say that. You have to try your best. What the form of that endeavor will be is indicated in the above hadith – “Take ease in the pursuit of a livelihood.”

So, you have to earn for yourself, for your family, for your children, for the present and for the future. But it must be done in a Halal way, in a legal way. All calls for illegal and Haram earnings must be rejected with hatred. This is called a little satisfaction. The one who is virtuous in this quality will get the taste of the rich even in the midst of poverty.

Never be jealous of the wealth of others. And if he is well-off, he will not extend the hand of oppression to others based on his well-being and power. In short, he will avoid all unjust ways of increasing wealth. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said in this regard,

“He who is successful, who has taken refuge in the shadow of Islam, has received the required amount of sustenance and is satisfied with what Allah has given him.” (Muslim)

If one wants to be so successful out of a little satisfaction, then it is necessary to have firm faith and trust in Allah, it is necessary to remember the fleeting world. If this quality is achieved, success will kiss his feet not only in the life of this world but also in the eternal life of the Hereafter. And the person who is satisfied with such a little is actually rich.