There are people who think that the affluent people of the world are put through lesser trial since they have wealth and riches to play about. They do not have to worry about their food and shelter. The luxuries of life open their arms for them.
This perception is not true. The Almighty has created this world as a trial and test for all of us. Every one of us undergoes this trial in some form or the other. It is not that only the poor and the needy are put through this test. Affluence also is a form of trial. Here the trial is to test a person regarding his attitude towards the Almighty. He is tested on whether he shows gratitude to the Almighty on His favors and blessings. As such, since a person generally tends to forget his Lord if he is blessed with an affluent life, this trial is perhaps tougher than that of a person who is put through the trial of poverty and adverse circumstances; in such circumstances, a person tends to remember the Lord more - or at least, has more opportunities for this remembrance.
Moreover, affluence is just one form of comfort a person may have. There are people who maybe affluent and very rich, but still have various forms of mental worries, troubles and tribulations.
Besides, having a strong relationship with the Almighty, the best way to fight out the ups and downs of life is to always look at people who are worse off: a cursory glance would bring many to our mind. One will begin to realize what one actually has in contrast with millions of others. Where others have been deprived, he would find himself blessed with many favors.
Sometimes he gives a determined ,good but poor person great wealth , Like Oprah. She has not forgotten what it was like to be poor and now that she has more money than she ever dreamed of when she was poor, she is trying to do good , like helping the poor in Africa and making problems of society visible to great populations. Then you have those that hord their money just to make more and more money but don't help populations and the betterment of the land/air/water, animals and people. These are the scrooges with long invisible chains attached to them that indicates they many not go to paradise if they don't change their ways. Their only happiness is money , ownership, power, and control over others. They don't think about the future generations to follow or the life after this one. They don't realize the potential they have if used in a positive way for Allah/God how much greater the outcomes would be.With 100,000 dollars you can build a nice home or you can feed many poor people, make them strong and what they go on to do would be far greater than one little home. By spreading the wealth you stregthen so much more and the world becomes a better place.
Thanks to Allah the Almighty the Most Merciful. The contents in this article remind us not to forget Allah especially when we are showered with happines and wealth. The minute we forget Allah, just think the consequence that could befallen to us. May Allah bless us always.
I am aware of a hadith of Rasulullah(SAW) that says the poor will enter Al-Jannah 500 years before the affluent. This emphasizes the relative severity of the test that affluence can attract before Allah! May I also suggest that even the poor should be conscious of Allah for them to avoid double tragedy for if they do not hearken to the ways of piety, poverty alone will not save them from the wrath of the Almighty.
however, the author is incorrect when he states the wealthy have "various forms of mental worries, troubles and tribulations". many studies have been conducted to test the relationship between wealth and happiness, and the empirical evidence overwhelmingly demonstrates the strong correlation between the two: wealthier are people are generally very happy, poorer people are quite unhappy. (gallop 1971).
on another note, i am greatly alarmed by some of the other comments posted that have very strong socialisitic undertones. the accusation thhat most wealthey individuals simply inherit their fortunes is meritless. in fact, 85% of millionaires in the us are self-made, first genereation (stanley 1998). this disdain for wealth has aided our abysmal situation. i ask, what would have become of the early mulims during the embargo, if it were not for abu-bakr's wealth?
wealth is not THE end, but simply a means to an end. may allah restore our tradition of intellect and wisdom, and remove centuries of ignorance. ameen.
I beleive in the article posted regarding wealth and poverty. However, I am a little confused. If the purpose of one on this earth is to worship the Almighty (I do believe this) then why are we placed in situations were we are almost certainly to forget Allah and sin. Example. I am a Muslim. I pray five times a day. I beleive that the path the Almighty Lord has chosen for me is the best one. Yet, I am currently mired in alot of debt. As a result, I am paying interest which is Haram. So if the above is the best choice for me from Allah, then why am in a situation were I am sinning by paying interest?? When I dream of wealth, I dream of it to pay of my debt. So, yes there are people worse than me, but I am also sinning. I will face the rath of Allah. How can this be good for me??
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It surely is hard to give thanks for your blessings as you nurse your dieing child. How can one praise the wonders of the earth when you can no longer see, blindness overtakes you through lack of food. The same sun that warms the world is sucking out the existance of your family.
Yes we all are tested but some more than others. I am blessed in this life and I give thanks for all I have but would I if my life consisted of laying in the filth, death and suffering surrounding me? I think I would be more inclined to question.
I agree with thie article 100%. Just like the article says, we are all tested. What one does with the wealth and ones attitude toward life when he is rich changes drastically when there is an abundance of wealth. Wealth, in my opinion, can be more a negative then a blessing. It is very hard for most now a days to spend this wealth for the sake of Allah (swt). And it is even harder for the avergage person to keep his piety and not be distracted by this wealth. Jazakallahkheir.
A famous American once said that without struggle there can be no progress, his name was Fredrick Douglas and he spoke to the injustices imparted on the African Americans at the hands of their wealthy and oppresive slave owners. Afterall, it was these slaves that were the first Muslims to set foot in the New World and the American Slave owners stripped them of their families (wives and children), gave them the flesh of the swine, introduced alcohol and forbid them from learning to read and write. It seems these wealthy southern land owners were only struggling with how to get more work out of their free labour. There seems to be a strange value ladened within the article when a man thinks that a struggle endured by someone with material wealth takes presedence over Islam, family, eating and survival. Afterall, the slaves struggled the most, but seemed to have a greater reverence for Allah, regardless of their faith. From a comletely intuitive lense it seems that the author is trying to convince us or more accurately themself that we should somehow feel equally concerned about the status of the wealthy and it is to this concept that I say popycock!
Dr. Abu Muhammad Hussein
Egosme is opposite to sacrifice, and sacrifice must be equivalent to, and even more abundant than affluence . If we want to reach a world of equity an harmony, there should be no big differences among people, there should be neither rich nor poor. These are the principles of Islam.
There is no justification for Affluence except the lack of other things like Generosity, Charity, and sacrifice.
To gain this world we tend to accept affluence, to gain the other world (prescribed in the holy books as the paradise) we tend to accept poverty, while the real affluence is only in the souls of people who give. The tough test will be the abandon of wealth, not the persistance in the luxury emprisonment, where the only god is interest and fortune.
I agree that anyone doing more good than they may otherwise do is fine,but i feel it is morally corrupt if they do that for reward.I would go to the extreme and say that a non-believer who does good for the sake of goodness is better than a Muslim who does good for personal reward!
This is where Islam is these days with the way it is being taught.