In the age that we live in, material wealth seems to be the goal of most people. Many Muslims have unfortunately been swept up in the frenzy of the sickness of accumulation. Fear of poverty and competition to amass wealth have divided family, friends and siblings. The Islamic brotherhood has not been spared either. The Quran and authentic Sunnah have provided many guidelines and reminders about the concept of wealth. Islam is not a way of life that asks us to shun wealth, but there is a balance between earning wealth to live and living to gather wealth.
Wealth can be a grievous and damaging distraction from the true purpose of life. A Muslim always strives to strike a balance between the needs of the physical world and the work that is required to do for Allah and which ultimately will help to earn us a place in Jannah.
Understanding that our provision is already written for us is a guarantee that many tend to forget, and yet it is one of the pillars of our aqeedah that we believe in the divine decree. We often think that it is our actions alone which will get us the things that we want in life. This often leads to anxiety and corrupts the believers trust and dependency on Allah.
The Prophet Peace and Blessings of Allah upon him said:
What is meant by this hadeeth is that a person utilizes the means at his disposal to seek his provision and while doing this he is depending on Allah to answer his effort by providing him with what he needs. It is not to be misunderstood to mean that a person simply depends on Allah without making an effort. The birds themselves which are mentioned went out to look for food and they returned by Allah’s permission filled.