It is that time of the year when generally tills will be ringing. May Allah Ta’ala keep every Muslims tills ringing. May he bless every Believer with immense Barakah in his sustenance. Aameen
Earning the wealth of this world is not just permissible, it is compulsory to the extent of one’s basic needs and necessities. Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) is reported to have said: “To earn a Halaal living is compulsory-after having fulfilled all the other obligations of Deen.” Thus one engaging in business, trade, a profession or any other occupation in order to earn a Halaal sustenance is engaged in Ibaadah. Subhanallah! What grace of Allah Ta’ala is showered upon his servants. Imagine . . . a Muslim street vendor, in order to earn halaal sustenance, is calling out “Potatoes, R5 a kg.” He is being rewarded each time he calls out in the same manner that a person engaged in reciting Tasbeeh is being rewarded. Subhanallah! The crucial factor, however, is that he restricts himself to EARNING wealth. He does not make it an object of his life or allows its love to dominate his heart.
There is a very fine line between earning wealth and between making it an object of life and loving it. It is also the dividing line between Jannah and Jahannum (heaven and hell). Earning wealth in the context of Deen refers to acquiring a Halaal sustenance without compromising Deen in any way. For example, if Salaah is performed with Jama’ah on time (in the Musjid if it is within reasonable distance), Zakaat is paid diligently, one is fair and honest in one’s dealings, there is no involvement in interest in any form — whether giving or taking — and in general one transacts only within the limits of Shariah, then one is EARNING wealth. Such a person is paving his way to Jannah. Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) is reported to have said: “The honest and trustworthy trader will be raised with the Ambiya, Siddiqeen (a very high rank of Aulia) and the martyrs on the day of Qiyaamah.” Allahu Akbar! The industrialist …. or the simple street vendor …. who EARNS the world in the manner described …. will be raised with the Ambiyaa (alaihimus salaam)!!!! How merciful is our most beloved Allah Ta’ala.
LIVE AND LET LIVE
On the contrary, if the world becomes the object of life and its love dominates the heart, it will pave the way towards Jahannum — may Allah Ta’ala save us. Such a person no longer EARNS the world. Instead he becomes enslaved to it. The acquisition of wealth, and not Deen, will dictate as to what he does or what he refrains from. In all the various issues that will confront him, such as: “should I go to the Musjid to perform Zuhr/Asr with Jama’ah or should I “leave it for later”; do I purchase these doubtful goods or leave them; must I give/take the “see right” or refrain from it; should I maintain this relationship and kinship or break ties” … all such issues will be decided according to the dictates of the material world, not the guidance of Allah Ta’ala and His beloved Nabi (sallallahu alaihi wasallam).
When the love of the world dictates, one will be driven by greed — not by need. Such a person will not abide by the motto of “live and let live”. Instead he will live by the rule of the jungle of “choke, kill and live a high life.” He will “choke the competition” and “kill off the opposition” to add to his empire. Somebody’s only slice of bread will be snatched under any pretext to round-off one’s next million. The person enslaved by the world will continue to live in the lap of luxury, expand his business and fly around the world without any consideration for the pleas of his creditors to pay them their money which is long overdue…. The list of excuses and transgressions that the slave of the world is prone to is almost endless.
Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) has already clearly declared: “The love of the world is the root of every vice.” Thus while some people pave the way to Jahannum through drinking, zina, theft and similar crimes, others plod the path to hell due to Haraam business and slavery to the world. The latter is even more tragic, since EARNING the world in the proper manner without compromising Deen could have been the means of him being raised with the Ambiyaa (alaihimus salaam) on the day of resurrection.
While the consequences in the Hereafter are severe, the one who is enslaved by the world is afflicted in this world as well. Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) is reported to have said: “He who seeks this world, making it his object (in life), Allah Ta’ala has no regard for him and afflicts him with four things: An anxiety that has no ending (he always remains anxious to increase his income), he is afflicted with such occupation that leaves him with no spare time, a neediness which deprives him of any feeling of contentment (when his income increases, the expenses also increase and the income always seems insufficient) and he is beset with unending hopes about the distant future, which can never be fulfilled.” (Fazail Sadaqaat)
LOVE OF ALLAH TA’ALA
How does one avoid becoming enslaved to the world? The answer lies in developing the love and fear of Allah Ta’ala. The one who loves Allah Ta’ala will become His true slave and shun the slavery of the world. The fear of Allah Ta’ala will prevent one from Haraam dealings. Moreover, the remembrance of death is a great antidote to the love of the world. One should daily meditate upon death. Imagine that one is about to leave the world. If one could see the angel of death hovering overhead, would one still go ahead with the Haraam deal? Would one still act out of greed? The reality is that the angel of death could strike at any moment. Hence one should always be prepared for this and always refrain from what displeases Allah Ta’ala.
An excellent book that livens the heart, disinclines it from the world and creates the consciousness of death is “Fazail Sadaqaat” by Sheikhul Hadith Moulana Muhammad Zakariyyah (rahmatullahi alaihi). Reading some portion daily will Insha Allah have a dramatic effect on one’s heart.