Monday, 4 March 2013

HOW TO BE THE RICHEST PERSON




Most of the Islamic scholars and pious Muslims of the early generation of Islam were not financially well to do. They did not have beautiful house and were neither the owner of the luxurious resource, yet despite this they led fruitful lives, and they benefitted the mankind, not by some miracles but because they used all that they were given and spent their time in correct way. They used their time, talent and ability and carved a niche for themselves. They managed to make mountains of what they were blessed with thus benefitting themselves and the society.

Here are the list of luminaries from our Islamic heritage who have shone despite each being challenged by various disadvantages

Ataa bin Rabah was a world – renowned scholar of his time. He was not only a freed slave and a snub nosed but he was also paralyzed.

Al-Ahnaf bin Qays was famous amongst the arabs fro his singular level of patience. He achieved that fame despite being emaciated, humpbacked, with crooked legs and a fragile frame.
Al- A’mash was among the most famous scholars of hadith in his time. He had a bad eyesight.
Infact every Prophet was at one time or another a shepherd. Dawood (AS) was a blacksmith, Zakariah (AS) was a carpenter, Idrees (AS) a tailor; and yet they were the best of the mankind.

Therefore the biggest asset is the ability one possess, good deeds, manners and contribution to society.

HOW TO MAKE THE MOST OF THESE ASSETS

The word isolation and seclusion have a special meaning in our religion: to stay away from evil and its perpetrators, and to keep those who are foolish at a distance. When you seclude yourself from evil in this manner, you will have an opportunity to reflect, to think, to graze in the meadows of enlightenment.
When you isolate yourself from the things that divert you from allah’s obedience, you are giving yourself a dose of medicine, one that the doctors of heart have found to be the most potent cure. When you seclude yourself from evil and idleness, your brain is stimulated into action. The results are increase in faith, repentance and remembrance of Allah the most merciful.

Now, the brain, heart, subconscious mind all are in sync with the love and remembrance of Allah.
Have a goal, a goal which is pure and for the benefit of yourself and whole mankind. Invoke Allah with sheer determination and faith, because as you think about Allah, Allah treats you in the same manner.
Ask Allah to guide and grant you from his bounty.... invoke me (and ask me for anything), I will responds to your invocation (Qur’an – 40:60)

If you are feeling weak, in pain and falling short of achieving a task or a goal, remember Allah, call out His name and ask Him for help. Cling to his door have good thoughts about him, and wait for His help – you will then find true happiness and success.

Look around and you will find people who have bestowed with wealth, children and all forms of the blessings, yet these blessings have been the very reason for their misery and ruin. They deviated from their inborn instincts. Look at those who have obtained degrees from the world renowned universities, and yet they are paragons of obscurity. Their talent and ability remained unused. Meanwhile, others who are limited in the scope of their knowledge have managed to make mountains of what they have been given which benefited themselves, their acquaintance and the society in large.


 STRIVE FOR YOUR SUSTENANCE
Allah, the lord of the world provides for the worm, the birds in the sky, the fish in the sea...”And it is he who feeds and is not fed “ (6:14)
Humans are much better than birds, worm and fish. Don’t you ever worry for sustenance,
Just strive in best and pure form. Search for the medium or business which is permissible for earnings so as to. Please Allah
Whoever obey’s Allah, He will love him and provides sustenance for him : “ Verily, Allah is all provider” – Qur’an – 51:58

Wealthy people simply because of their distance from Allah, ignoring to submit to Him have been stricken with poverty, sickness and anxiety and the poor who remembered Allah and always called Him for help and support. They find rest, peace, serenity for “Verily, in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find rest.” – Quran – 13:28)

Ask Allah for the increase in knowledge, wisdom, and sustenance. Think positive about His help and mercy strive for the livelihood.

See what you will master, which even the super rich will not have with them.

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Importance of earning wealth in Islam

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Wealth is not just a bank balance and property, but it has many faces and features. Some of them are as follows.

WEALTH IS BLESSING OF ALLAH

Few verses from the holy Quran related to wealth;
“And whatever khair (wealth) you spend for Allah, Allah knows it well. 
“It is compulsory for you to make will before your death. So that if you leave behind khair (wealth), it should be correctly distributed among parents and relatives. It is a must for those who fear Allah. (2:180)
“ O Muhammad (SAW), People ask you where they should spend. Tell them whatever khair (wealth) you want to spend, spend it for you parents, relatives, orphans and poor people of society and travellers. And whatever good deeds you will do, Allah knows it. (2:215)
In the above few verses of the holy Qu’ran Allah has refered to wealth as “khair”. Khair in Arabic means noble deed, attaining excellence, favour. In short is the blessing of Allah.


WHY SHOULD WE EARN MONEY?

“When you finish your prayer, get dispersed on land and search for my blessing (travel on land for earning money)”. (62:10)
According to hazrat Abdullah bin Masood (RA), Prophet Mohammad (SAW), said, “after obeying compulsory religious commandments of Allah (that is Namaz, Fasting, Zakaat, Hajj), earning money by right means ( to fulfil our basic necessity of life is compulsory for every individual.” i.e house, food,clothes, education are some of the sic necessities of every human being.
So, in the light of the above mentioned Qur’anic  verse and noble tradition, it is clear that earning money is compulsory for every individual for fulfilling his own as well as family’s need and if possible helping the needy for the sake of Allah.

HOW SHOULD WE EARN MONEY

Once a companion of the Prophet (SAW) shook his hand with him. The Prophet (saw) felt hard skin os palm and inquiry about it. The companion said it was due to hard work for earning the daily bread for his family. Prophet (saw) kissed his hand and appreciated him. ( Abu Dawood, Islamiyaat 37)
Hazrat Sumayyah bin Umair (RA) said, once people asked Prophet Mohammad (SAW), “Whihc earning the best earning?” Prophet (saw) replird, “The earning which you earn by your own hands, and earning through all business; but which do not involve disobedience of Allah.

IMPORTANCE OF WEALTH IN THIS ERA
A Tabaeen Hazrat Abu Bakr bin abi Maryam (R) says, “The companion of hazrat Mohammad (saw) Hazrat Maqdaam bin Maadi Kaab (RA) was the owner of many cattles. His maid use to milk the cattle and use to sale in the market and Maqdaam (RA) used to collect the income.
Many people considered this bad and was surprised on the behaviour of hazrat Maqdaam (RA). They were expecting that either Hazrat Maqdaam (RA) donate milk to relatives or should let his maid keep the income. Hazrat Maqdaam (RA) defended his behaviour and said that there is nothing wrong in selling my own commodity and earning money, because rophet (saw) had said. “An era will come in which only money will serve your purpose.”
 (Musnad Ahmed, Mar’iful Ahadeeth Vol. 7, pg 66)

Hazrat Sufyan Souree (RA) said that, in the period of Prophet (saw) and caliphs, wealth was not a desired thing. But in this era wealth is a shield a righteous person (believer), because without money, the king and royal families will make us their cleaning duster.(They will exploit us for their wrong purpose). So a person should try to increase his wealth in righteous way, because if a person becomes poor the first thing he compromises on is his faith in Allah. (Mishkaat Zaah  89)



EARNING MONEY FOR RIGHT CAUSE IS AN EIBADAH (PRAYER)
Hazrat Kaab bin Agrah (RA) said, “Once a person passed in hurry iin front of Hazrat Mohammad (Saw) and his companions. That Person was making good efforts to earn his bread butter and was very sincere about his business.
Companions of Prophet (SAW) said, “O messenger of Allah (saw), this person is so serious about his earning and making so much effort for it. If he had used his efforts and sincerity for noble cause of Allah, it would have been much netter for him.
To this the messenger of Allah (saw) said, “If he is earning to feed his children, his effort will be counted as a struggle for noble cause of Allah. If he is earning to look after his old parents, then also his struggle will be counted as a struggle for noble cause. If he is earning so that he need not beg to feed himself, then also his earnings and hard struggle will be counted as a struggle for noble cause of Allah. But if he is earning and increasing wealth so that he can show his prosperity and prove his superiority over others, then such struggle is wrong and will be counted as a struggle for wrong cause of devil (satan).”



BLESSINGS OF EARNING HONESTLY
Noble messenger of Allah (saw) said “Honest traders will be in the category of messengers, saints and martyrs on day of judgement.” – Bukhari & Muslim

According to Hazrat Abu Hurairah (RA) Hazrat Mohammad (saw) said, “if a person earns money to avoid beggg and to fulfil needs of his family, to help neighbour, then face of such a person will glow lik the moon of 14th night on judgement day (Mazgharul Haque – Asaan Rizq pg.12)

Hence if we do our business or earn in accordance to the divine instruction, our every act will be recorded as worship. ( Mariful Ahadeeth, Vol. 7 Pg.64)

WHAT WILL HAPPEN IF WE DONT EARN HONESTLY?

Allah is great and pure, free from any short comings, needs etc. For Him the acceptable is pure and nothing else.
The Prophet (saw) said Allah ahs ordered believers same commandments which He has ordered to messengers. Allah’s commandments for the messengers are “O you messenger! Eat of the good things and act righteously.’
( 23:51).

The almightly has also said “O manking eat of which is lawful and good on the earth (2:168)

The above verses throw light on the importance of earning halaal and keeping safe distance from haraam.

 Hazrat Anas (RA) asked Prophet (saw) to pray for him so that he may become “Mustajibut Dawaat” ( a person whose prayers and supplications are accepted) Prophet (saw) replied, Yaa Anas! Earn halal and honest living, Allah will grant you whatever you ask for. Keep away for Haraam food, because even a single morsel of  i.e small bite of haraam food, invalidates supplications. (At – targheeb)

 Haraam food extinguishes light of imaan, and the heart becomes dark. It makes man dull, lethargic and inactive. It leads to corrupt and evil thoughts.

Courtesy - Q.S.Khan (BE- Mechanical), Author of How to Prosper The Islamic  way, for Muallim Magazine
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