The world says get rich or die tryin’ whilst Islam teaches us if you want to get rich: give in charity.
You may be wondering how is it possible that giving away your hard earned cash to others will make you rich in the end?
In Islam there is no sin on you if you are rich, filthy rich or likewise if you’re poor. Money itself is not haram to accumulate or strive to achieve. However, there is a healthy balance we all must try to achieve called: gratitude.
We must realise that however wealthy we are, there is always going to be someone with more wealth than us and however poor we are, there is always going to be someone more poor than us. Therefore, always look at those below you. If you have a private jet, look at those who have expensive cars… if you have an expensive car look at those who have a motorbike and if you have a motorbike look at those walking and if you are walking look at those who have no legs.
Let’s be Muslims who say ‘O Allah in your name I live and I die,’ and live by it too. Don’t worship money, don’t allow yourself to be controlled by money and don’t live for it as you will never be able to die with it.
Earn as much money as you want, that is your freedom of choice. Providing your job is halal and the money you earn is halal – the world is your oyster. The secret to getting rich is not working long hours, no breaks and no days off – as most people tend to do. The secret is Zakat. Charity. When was the last time you helped someone out?
If you are looking for a new outfit for your child for Eid, you have a budget for example) $50. You spend $50 of your hard earned cash in a few moments in a shop on a beautiful new outfit for your gorgeous baby. MashAllah.
When you see a poor person, a stranger, someone who really needs it all of a sudden $50 is too much. A few dollars, your spare change is what you give them. Why is this? $50 to the shopkeeper is acceptable but $50 to the homeless man is too much? We need to change our way of thinking.
RasullAllah (Sall Allāhu ʿalay-hi wa-sallam) said, ‘None of you truly believes until he loves for his brother what he loves for himself.
[Sahih Muslim and Sahih Bukhari]
If you are an honest Muslim, a true believer, there is no room for jealousy. You are suffice in what Allah provides for you knowing that He is Ar Razzaq – The Total Provider and Al Adl – The Utterly Just.
Islamic etiquette teaches us to give generously. Don’t just give away your leftovers, your children’s broken toys, your spare change, your old clothes and rubbish.
Are these things what you, yourself would love? Are you following the way, the sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad (Sall Allāhu ʿalay-hi wa-sallam). Are you prepared to give others the shirt of your back… literally? We have to work harder, to give more.
“On earth there is enough to satisfy the needs of all people, but not enough to satisfy their greed.”
– Dr. Mustafa Mahmud
Have a look around your home, be spontaneous, be creative and give. How many clothes items do you have stocked up which could be sent abroad to the poor and needy… how much money do you spend on yourself, this month spend on others… spend on strangers, look for poor people. Do it all, for Allah. Don’t tell anyone, don’t take pictures for Facebook likes. This spoils it, just do something good and await the reward from Allah subḥānahu wa ta’āla.