A passage from The Holy Quran
'Nor strain your eyes in longing for the things We have given for enjoyment to parties of them, the splendour of the life of this world, through which We test them: But the provision of thy Lord is better and more enduring.'
The Holy Quran - Surah 20 Verse 131
How many times do we see something that someone else has and wish we had it? How many times do we think 'why does that person have so much wealth and not me? Why does that person have an amazing house or an amazing car?' Allah Subhaanahu wa ta'ala is telling us that its nothing but a test for them. We often may think that there are many people who may not be very nice but they get all the fancy stuff, but remember Allah Subhaanahu wa ta'ala is Al-Alim, The All-Knowing....
The person who has an amazing car might well die in it.... the person who has a mansion might use it to do many sinful acts.... the message is, its not necessary that someone who seems to have everything is blessed... but could also be that its all those things that lead the person to the hell fire. Think about it...
'For the life of this world is but goods & chattels (possessions) of deception'
The Holy Quran - Surah 3 Verse 185
Why is it that no matter how much a person has in terms of possessions and wealth, they always want more?? They have an amazing house yet they have to buy another? They don't have one car but many?? Why is that lots of celebrities end up depressed and in rehab and some commit suicide when they have so much wealth and so many wonderful things?? Its simple... Allah Subhaanahu wa ta'ala has told us in our amazing book of guidence The Holy Quran, that its not real; its fake; this life is all an illusion; everything we see and have is a deception! Its all 'Temporary happiness' 'short-lived' Its not reality....
Try to undersand this concept. Reality are the things we can't see... we can't see oxygen, but its there right? We cannot see heaven and hell but we believe in their existence do we not? And the biggest reality of all, where there is no doubt whatsoever, we cannot see Allah Subhaanahu wa ta'ala but Allah Subhaanahu wa ta'ala the creator of the universe is real; Allah Subhaana wa ta'ala the All Powerful is true; Allah Subhaanahu wa ta'ala is Al-Baqi - The Everlasting One - and there is nothing more real than that!! Subhaan-Allah - Glory be to Allah!! Allahu-Akbar - Allah is the Greatest!!
In the hadith it is narrated that the prophet Muhammed (peace & blessings be upon him) said: (to the nearest effect)
'A slave will not be able to take a step further on the Day of Requital until he is taken to account for [the following things]: his time and how he spent it, his knowledge and how he used it, his money and how he earned and spent it, and his youth and how he passed it.
Having goals and ambitions is important in life. We all aim to have a really nice house; a really nice car; but do we have aims to be really good muslims? To better our salahs? To spend more time in worship? Or do we forget who we are in our focus on becoming the next apprentice?! We are living in a society where money seems to be the object of our lives and we will do anything to get our hands on it. We will lie, cheat, break the law, stab someone in the back... anythng to get ahead of the game right?! Anything for a little extra 'cheddar'. And us muslims have joined in with this money mad society forgetting our morals and our ethics and our core beliefs... all this can go in an instant! Gone! Then what good will our wordly possessions be to us?
We are busy in our daily lives putting pounds away into our banks.... but how many amaal do we put away each day? How many hasanahs do we put away each day? How many good deeds do we put away each day? For this will be our currency in our next life... so hadn't we better start saving them up? And using every opportunity to gain them? If someone said to us they would give us a tenner if we read a book for 5 minutes we would think yeah of course ill do it! No doubt! Imagine how many hasanahs we can get in reading the Holy Quran for 5 minutes... surely thats more worth while than a lowsy tenner?!
It's so simple! If we do something for the love of Islam; if we do something for the love of Allah Subhaanaahu wa ta'ala it will benefit us in this world and the next world too!
'You shall not attain righteousness until you spend out of what you love (in the way of Allah). Allah knows whatever you spend.'
The Holy Quran Surah 3 Verse 92
If we spend our money in the right way it will go alot further than if we spend it in the wrong way... If we live our lives by islam there will be so much more barakah (blessings) in our money its unbelievable! So we should give money to charity and spend in the way of Allah Subhaanahu wa ta'ala, who promises us He will double it:
'If you loan to Allah a beautiful loan, He will double it to Your credit and He will grant you forgiveness: For Allah is most ready to appreciate'
The Holy Quran Surah 64 Verse 17
Lets try and remove our THIRST and DESIRE for MONEY and so many WORLDLY POSSESSIONS. Most of the time we can all be very UNGRATEFUL for all that we have. We lead lives of KINGS & QUEENS compared to others around the world. It's always good to take a moment to think about those LESS FORTUNATE than ourselves, maybe it can help us to APPRECIATE what we have a little more INSHA-ALLAH. And when reflecting, to give a little of our time to ALLAH Subhaanahu wa ta'ala who provides us with all that we have in our lives. It is Allah that provides us with the SHELTER above our heads. It is Allah that provides us with the CLOTHES on our backs. It is Allah that provides us with the FOOD in our bellies. It is Allah that provides us with EVERYTHING!
'If you count the blessings of Allah, never will you be able to number them'
The Holy Quran Surah 14 Verse 34
May Allah Subhaanahu wa ta'ala help us to remove money as the objective of our lives and replace it with bettering our imaan and increasing our amaal (good deeds).
May Allah Subhaanahu wa ta'ala also help us to better ourselves in our transactions, and regain our morals, our ethics and our true nature as honest, law abiding and humble servants of Allah.
I ask Allah Subhaanahu wa ta'ala, The Al-Ghaffar - The Forgiver, for His Mercy & Compassion and forgive me for anything that i may have said that was not correct.
“Verily never will Allah change the condition of people until they change the condition themselves”
The Holy Quran - Surah 13 Verse 11
To Allah we belong & to Allah we return
The Holy Quran - Surah 2 Verse 156