In part one of this series on money we discussed the economic aspect of money. Now here let me take you to a very different angle of looking at ‘Money’
Just curious to know, on a sajda or sujood when we prostrate before Allah, when we submit ourselves to him, when our heart is above our head, does our idea of money altogether change its course.
In those thoughts money might lose its physical form, falling coins may lose its clinging sound but all you see is the happiness in the face of that beggar to whom you just slipped that currency, the satisfying grin of that orphan child whom you just fed with your hands, that drop of tear that slipped from the face of a mother whose child you just arranged for a cancer treatment, the trembling voice of that old & weak lady at the old age home when she just blessed you and the warmth of that hug from her or the folded hands and the bowing head before you of that orphan girl whose marriage you just arranged. Why do they all feel that its Allah and Allah only who has just sent you to them. Yes, I’m just curious to know…
With more Money, comes great responsibilities
While earning money feel happy, while investing do it ethically, give zadaqa to the deserving and spend wisely & moderately on your loved ones.
When it comes to the spending money do it in moderation, tread a path which is neither that of luxury nor that of miserliness.
Islam never discourages money, but it even prescribes that its obligatory that a person finds a means of livelihood and takes care of those who are depended on him. And one who defers this is sinful of being so.
In fact, depending on how you spend money on meaningful acts you can earn Jannah. You can spend money to visit the sick, help the needy, perform Hajj, dig a well, build a mosque and do much more.
But always seen that when it comes to money, the path followed is; cunning to earn the money, atmost miserliness to spend the money and hoard how much ever possible. Now Islam is totally against all these, it prescribes always to engage in just means to earn money, spend moderately, never ever try to hoard money and spend on uplifting fellow beings.
You are following Islam, which was established by Prophet Mohammed pbuh, who has been ranked as No.1 in the book ‘The 100: A ranking of the most influential persons in history’ published 1978 by Mr. Michael H Hart. Prophet Mohammed pbuh went on to become the undeclared king of the Arabia but lived in a thatched mud house and his wife Aisha (ra) says there was hardly a day in his life when he had two square meals (Muslim, Sahin Muslim Vol 2, page 198).
So, why to be so serious of life and money. Prophet Mohammed pbuh lived happily and with a contented heart. He was fond of children, played childish games with them, made mocking funny face with them and sat children on his lap and his chest. He joined household work, mended his cloth, swept the floor and fed the domestic animals.
More than money and beyond worldly pleasures count yourself as rich for the dua from a mother, laughter of a son/daughter, a healthy body, clarity of thoughts and a sane mind and loved one’s remembrance of you in their prayer before Allah.