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Tuesday, June 06, 2006

~Why Moslem should be Rich ?~


A sister just got a call, she was hired to join a big company with
very good salary… Some other sisters who were listening her conversation
saying ta’bir [ Allah is great].. Hamdallah.. praise Allah..

The first thing that they said to that sister was . “Alhamdulillah
Allah give you chance to give more for charity…”


There is a beautiful hadist that was narrated by Abu Dharr
radiyallahuan [1] [one of companion who was very poor]… Abu Dharr said some of
Companions [poor companions] came to Rasulullah sallahu alahi wassalam…
they want to share their complaint/their envy about the rich people [among
the other companions]…

They said :

“They [their rich brothers] observe prayer as we do, they keep the
fasts as we keep them, and they give sadaqah from their surplus riches. “

At this point those poor companions felt some steps behind the rich
companions because they do not have money to do charity like Rich
companions do

Upon this Rasulullah sallahu alaihi wassalam said:

“Has Allah not prescribed for you (a course) by following which you can
(also) do sadaqah?
In every declaration of the glorification of Allah (i.e. saying
SubhanAllah) there is a sadaqah,
every Takbir (i.e. saying AllahuAkbar) is a sadaqah,
every praise of Him (saying Alhamdulillah) is a sadaqah,
every declaration that He is One (La ilaha illallah) is sadaqah,
enjoining of good is a sadaqah,
forbidding of that which is evil is a Sadaqah,
and in man's sexual intercourse (with his wife) there is a Sadaqah.

According to sharah of this hadist [the tafseer of the hadist], after
heard that hadith Prophet companions were very happy… They went home and
practice what Rasulullah sallahu alaihi wassalam advised…. They
increase did tasbih, takbir, tahmid wish Allah account them as Sadaqah.

Somehow rich companions knew this hadith… they hastily practice what
poor companions had been practicing too…

Those poor companions came to met Rasulullah again. They said
Rasulullah sallahu alaihi wassalam that rich companions also practice his

Upon this matter… Rasulullah sallahu alaihi wassalam was smiled and
said that the benefit .. that Allah bless toward the rich people… [2]


It was wonderful.. long time ago.. at the time of Rasulullah.. the
companions always race to do righteous deeds..They competed in the good
way, tried to find ways how to please Allah more.

The poor asked Rasulullah how to be equal like the rich companions in
the sight of Allah…. When the Rich companions knew the advice of
Rasulullah to their fellow poor brothers, they also didn’t want to lost the
chance to do more righteous deeds that can make them better in the sight
of Allah subhana wata'ala…

The spirit to race in the goodness made the poor companions met
Rasulullah sallahu alaihi wassalam again... wish Rasulullah could say any
other advice to make them leading in righteous deeds… wallahu alam…

They raced to do righteous deeds as much as possible… it’s not strange
at that time ....rich companions gave most of their wealth for
charity….Abu Bakr As Siddiq gave all his wealth, Ustman bin Afan bought the
well for Moslem…Abdurrahman bin Auf donated all his merchandise….They were
conglomerate who always spend their wealth in the way of Allah…

They are the noble example how keep their wealth on their hands..
..not keep it inside their heart… then anytime when they see chances to
give charity it always easy to let them go, they were happy for that…..
They felt the joy can spent their money in the way of Allah subhan

Rasulullah sallahu alaihi wassalam never disappointed the poor
companions from Abu Huraira radiyallahuan was reported Rasulullah sallahu
alaihi wassalam said

"Every bone of men's fingers and toes must give sadaqa every day the
sun rises.
If one gives justice between two men it is sadaqa;
if one helps a man with his beast, loading or lifting his goods on it,
it is sadaqa;
a good word is sadaqa;
every step one takes towards prayer is sadaqa;
and if anyone removes anything injurious from the road it is sadaqa."

Poor companions..... at that time...... never use their poverty as the
reason to left behind in righteous deeds.. They asked Rasulullah
sallahu alaihi wassalm what kind righteous deeds that they can do to please
Allah subhana wata’ala..

There is always the way for them who sincerely want to gain the
pleasure of Allah.

So...one of the reason why Moslem should be rich… to give more charity…
to be able to do more of things with his money to please Allah.. to
spend it in the way of Allah… To spend our money first to help our close
people….like what Allah says : “They ask thee what they should spend (In
charity). Say: Whatever ye spend that is good, is for parents and
kindred and orphans and those in want and for wayfarers. And whatever ye do
that is good, -(Allah) knoweth it well “.[4]

There is a hadist that record by Iman Al Bukhari [5]. One of beloved
companion Rasulullah sallahu alihiwassalm - Saad bin Abi Waqqas was
striken by an ailment that lead him to the verge of death. The prophet
sallahu alaihi wassalam came to visit him. When Saad Radiyallah an saw
Rasulullah there was an interesting conversation between them…

Saad said : "O Allah's Apostle! I have much property and no heir except
my single daughter. Shall I give two-thirds of my property in charity?"
Rasuluallah sallahu alaihi wassalam said : "No."
Saad said : "Half of it?"
Rasuluallah sallahu alaihi wassalam said : "No."
Saat said, "One-third of it?"

Rasuluallah sallahu alaihi wassalam said: "You may do so, though
one-third is also too much, for it is better for you to leave your offspring
wealthy than to leave them poor, asking others for help. And whatever
you spend (for Allah's sake) you will be rewarded for it, even for a
morsel of food which you may put in the mouth of your wife."

The last answer of prophet sallahu alaihi wassalam is another reason
why Moslem should be rich….. that was said it’s better we leave our
offspring wealthy than to leave them poor asking other for help….

The rich people lead forward than the poor. Rasulullah sallahu alaihi
wassalam forbid us to be envy except to the rich people who spent their
money in the way of Allah.. and people who has knowledge and teach it
to other.

May Allah subhana wata’ala help all of us always to be strong
financially then we can follow our role model salafussholeh who always race in
the good things….

May Allah open our heart to feel the same joy like our role model
salafus sholeh when we see the bigger amount of money that we have to spend
for the zakah and infaq.

May Allah help us to get rid our greedy to keep money just to enrich
ourselves when there are many people who direly need them.

May Allah guide our heart to spent our weal in the way of Allah to safe
us from the grievous Penalty "O ye who believe! Shall I lead you to a
bargain that will save you from a grievous Penalty?- That ye believe in
Allah and His Messenger, and that ye strive (your utmost) in the Cause
of Allah, with your property and your persons: That will be best for
you, if ye but knew! [6]

Say: "Truly, my prayer and my service of sacrifice, my life and my
death, are (all) for Allah, the Cherisher of the Worlds:[7]

Wallahu alam bishshowab….

Subhanakallahumma wabihamdika ashadu ala ilaha illa anta astaghfiruka
wa atubu ilaika

Fi aman Allah
9 March 2006

[1] Sahih Muslim Hadith 2198 Narrated by AbuDharr
[2] I said this part with my own…
[3] HR Bukhari and Muslim
[4] Qur’an Al Baqarah 2:215
[5] Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 8.725Nrrated by Saad bin Abi Waqqas
[6] Qur'an As Saff 61:10-11
[7] Qur'an Al An'am 6:162



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