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Every Ummah had a fitnah and the fitnah of my Ummah is wealth… says a popular Sahih Hadith..( Every nation has its fitnah (trial or temptation), and the fitnah of my ummah is wealth.
(Reported by al-Tirmidhi, 2336; Saheeh al-Jaami’, 2148).).
The hadith means that the Muslims will succumb to financial pressures or get tempted to step into haram and gradually sink deep into it . The above mentioned hadith means that if you fail in your wealth test then many of your ebaadah are in danger. Allah accepts only Halal and Tayyab.
Among the wisest lessons in Islam Finance is ” where not to spend ” if we master this skill then we will not be enlsaved to financial temptations. In simple words, “We will be thankful to Allah for what he has given us “
Most of us enter into the forbidden zone of haram earning under the pressure of our children..So the Qur’an warns us regarding that too.. Indeed in your wealth and your children there is a fitnah..(Quran 64:15 Your wealth and your children are but a trial, and Allah has with Him a great reward. ) now here fitnah means test.This is precisely what is happening to many of us who cannot differentiate between poverty and relative poverty.
Poverty in our times is something that cannot afford you a luxurious life. If your house is a single bedroom apartment and your Aircondition machine makes more noise than your child, and your car is too small and an old model as compared to your friend’s and you cannot afford to take your family to an expensive restaurant nor can you bring out your mobile and show it to your friends who have branded mobiles, then you are considering yourself to be poor but actually it is otherwise. It is this wrong concept of poverty that makes many of us greedy and atrocious.
Take this case..suppose I am a salary earner and my daughter participates in her rich friend’s marriage and sees all that lavish gifts she gets from her rich father.. next year when she prepares for her marriage she will desire to have such luxury that she saw at her friends place.. this may not be with all the girls but many.
This is because people follow or love to follow or get tempted to follow the rich and the elite class. That is why if the elite class adopts simplicity in their costumes and lives the trend follows easily and faster.
In the early days, a poor man was one who did not have one time food nor a pair of dress to cover his body. It was about such poverty that our beloved Prophet (PBUH) sought refuge from Allah.Today when we recite this dua we seek refuge in Allah from relative poverty..that we may not be deprived of luxuries.
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