Sometimes as Muslims we want to really fear Allah and we start to think that we have to be poor, or we think that money is bad. However, this article is going to give evidence that being rich is not bad, but rather it can bring out the goodness that is in your heart. Let us read some hadith and discuss some points on what you can do with your money.

Narrated Abu Huraira :

Allah’s Apostle (SAllahu alaiyhi wa salam) said, “By Him in Whose Hand my life is, it is better for anyone of you to take a rope and cut the wood (from the forest) and carry it over his back and sell it (as a means of earning his living) rather than to ask a person for something and that person may give him or not.” (reference)

Yahya related to me from Malik from Nafi from Abdullah ibn Umar that the Messenger of Allah (SAllahu alaiyhi wa salam), may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said from the mimbar when mentioning sadaqa and refraining from asking,

“The upper hand is better than the lower hand. The upper hand is the one which expends, and the lower one is the one which asks.” (reference)

The path of Islam is the middle path. It is the path that avoids excesses in worship, and excesses in worldliness. Allah made the Muslims ummatun wasata (reference)

The one with money is superior to the one with no money.

Narrated Abu Huraira:

Some poor people came to the Prophet and said, “The wealthy people will get higher grades and will have permanent enjoyment and they pray like us and fast as we do. They have more money by which they perform the Hajj, and ‘Umra; fight and struggle in Allah’s Cause and give in charity.” The Prophet said, “Shall I not tell you a thing upon which if you acted you would catch up with those who have surpassed you? Nobody would overtake you and you would be better than the people amongst whom you live except those who would do the same. Say “Sub-han-al-lah”, “Alhamdu-lillah” and “Allahu Akbar” thirty three times each after every (compulsory) prayer.” We differed and some of us said that we should say, “Subhan-al-lah” thirty three times and “Alhamdu lillah” thirty three times and “Allahu Akbar” thirty four times. I went to the Prophet who said, “Say, “Subhan-al-lah” and “Alhamdu lillah” and “Allahu Akbar” all together for thirty three times.” (reference)

The Prophet (Sallahu alaiyhi wa salam) did not deny the statement that “The wealthy people will get higher grades” but rather he told the poor people how to get some reward as well. That was the understanding of the companions.

What can you do with money?

  1. taking care of your parents is fard
  2. taking care of your wife and kids (hadith)
  3. feeding the poor (hadith) (Quran)
  4. lending money to your muslim brother or sister to help them get out of riba loans
  5. forgiving the debt of your muslim brother or sister
  6. setup a perpetual charity (such as a non-profit charitable business) that will pave the road to jannah (hadith)
  7. prepare against the forces of evil in the world – finance a mujahid (hadith)
  8. get married, if you are single
  9. marry a second, third, or fourth wife (if you so desire, and if you can be just)
  10. help someone to get married
  11. finance a da’ee (like Yusuf Estes)

We did not even mention the numerous stories of Uthman radiAllahu anh who time and time again gave literally ‘millions’ for the sake of Allah. and received the glad tidings of Jannah during his own life.

Keep in mind, that money can destroy you. It is a test from Allah. We are allowed to ask Allah to give us wealth to spend in his sake (hadith), so let us do that.

Can you think of any other benefits of having money?  How about being able to take your kids to far away places to see real bugs and real penguins instead of in the zoo?