Wealth Can Also be a Test

Excess wealth is not always good for a person and that is why Allah in His infinite wisdom may withhold providing for people knowing that if He were to increase their provision, they would become arrogant and oppressive in the earth, therefore He gives to them according to His knowledge and wisdom of what they deserve.

Allah says:

And if Allah had extended [excessively] provision for His servants, they would have committed tyranny throughout the earth. But He sends [it] down in an amount which He wills. Indeed He is, of His servants, Acquainted and Seeing.
Holy Quran
Surah Ash-Shuraa [42:27]

Many people believe that wealth is their salvation, but this is contrary to what the Prophet ﷺ told us.

The Messenger of Allah ﷺ, said, “By Allah, it is not poverty I fear for you, rather I fear you will be given the wealth of the world, just as it was given to those before you. You will compete for it just as they competed for it and it will ruin you just as it ruined them.
Al-Bukhari and Muslim
Amr ibn Awf
Sahih Bukhari and Muslim (2988) - (2961)

In another narration, the Prophet ﷺ said

Whoever is focused only on this world, Allah will confound his affairs and make him fear poverty constantly, and he will not get anything of this world except that which has been written for him. Whoever is focused on the Hereafter, Allah will grant him peace of mind and make him feel content with his lot, and his provision and worldly gains will come to him regardless (of circumstances, obstacles or people).
Sunan Ibn Majah
Anas ibn Malik
Sunan ibn Majah (4105)

Wealth can be a blessing in terms of helping a person to fulfil his duties and provide for his needs and those who depend on him, but not everyone is able to handle what may come with wealth in terms of pride and stinginess. Some people are more generous when they have little. When they become wealthy, instead of the wealth increasing them in giving, it has the opposite effect and leads to stinginess and looking down on others. This is why Allah said:

Your wealth and your children are but a trial, and Allah has with Him a great reward
Holy Quran
Surah At-Taghabun [64:15]

A Muslim should ask for the good of this life from Allah which includes all of his provision and not forget the hereafter. This is why Allah said:

And among the people is he who says, "Our Lord, give us in this world," and he will have in the Hereafter no share.
But among them is he who says, "Our Lord, give us in this world [that which is] good and in the Hereafter [that which is] good and protect us from the punishment of the Fire.
Holy Quran
Surah Al-Baqarah [2:200-201]

Balance as always is the key to reaching the goals that Allah has laid out for us. A believer seeks his provision in the dunya as well as the reward of the akhirah, but in seeking the akhirah he should also not forget about working for his provision in the dunya. He does not make the dunya more important to him than the hereafter and he does not let wealth affect and corrupt his heart. If one gets wealthy, he should utilize that wealth to do what is pleasing to Allah. There were companions of the Prophet peace and blessing be upon him who had wealth such as Abu Bakr, ‘Uthmaan, ‘AbduRahman bin ‘Awf and others. They spent their wealth to do good deeds and in the path of Allah. Allah said:

But seek, through that which Allah has given you, the home of the Hereafter; and [yet], do not forget your share of the world. And do good as Allah has done good to you. And desire not corruption in the land. Indeed, Allah does not like corrupters.
Holy Quran
Surah Al-Qasas [28:77]

When some of the companions wanted to give up everything in the dunya that Allah had made permissible for them, the Prophet peace and blessings be upon him scolded them. The following narration illustrates this:

Some of the companions of the Prophet ﷺ, asked the wives of the Prophet ﷺ about deeds that he performed in private. Some of them said, “I will not marry women.” And some said, “I will not eat meat.” And some said, “I will never sleep in a bed.” The Prophet ﷺ praised and glorified Allah, and he said, “What is the matter with some people who say this? I pray and I sleep, I fast and I break fast, and I marry women. Whoever turns away from my Sunnah is not part of me.
Sahih Muslim
Anas ibn Malik
Sahih Muslim (1401)

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