Prayer and wealth

02Jul09

In surah Al-Jumu’ah, Allah azza wa jal says in ayah 10:

فَإِذَا قُضِيَتِ الصَّلَاةُ فَانتَشِرُوا فِي الْأَرْضِ وَابْتَغُوا مِن فَضْلِ اللَّهِ وَاذْكُرُوا اللَّهَ كَثِيرًا لَّعَلَّكُمْ تُفْلِحُونَ

And when the prayer has been concluded, disperse within the land and seek from the bounty of Allāh, and remember Allāh often that you may succeed. [62:10]

Allah azza wa jal is telling us to seek wealth.

Ibrahim an-Nakha’ee was asked, “What is better – a person who prays day and night, or a merchant who is trustworthy?”

He responded, “The merchant is better because when a person is praying, he is benefitting himself alone. But with the merchant, he will be known as trustworthy in society, and with each transaction, people will want to do it with him. He is benefitting himself with reward and the customer with the product. The more benefit you grant to mankind, the better human being you are.”

The companions might not have done the most fasting and praying, but they took care of the poor and weak. This is why we see that during the time of Abu Bakr (may Allah be pleased with him), Umer (may Allah be pleased with him) used to follow him and see where he would go. He saw Abu Bakr go into this woman’s house and come out. After his death, he went into the woman’s house and saw that the house was a mess. She told him that during Abu Bakr’s time, he would come and clean the house for her because she was not able to do so. This is what made him so great. This is why if you weighed his iman on one side, and the whole ummah on the other, his would be better.

[From Ustadh Navaid Aziz at IlmWeek]



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