Originally shared by Sister Zohra Sarwari via a friend.
We all know we have been put on this earth to worship Allah, and that worship involves tests. Perhaps one of the most testing of situations we all find ourselves in is when it comes to wealth; money. This is why the Prophet (PBUH) had said he was not worried about his Ummah not having enough wealth, rather he was worried that wealth would distract us, and subhanAllah how true this is!
While some of us struggle financially it seems that others have too much wealth; why is this so? This is something Allah has decreed and He gives to whom He wills; He should not be questioned. Lack of money is not necessarily a bad thing, and then again having money is not necessarily a bad thing either; depending on how it is used.
You see we are tested when we don’t have wealth and we are tested when we have wealth; what will we do with it? Will we lose faith because we don’t have wealth, or will we turn to Allah? When we have wealth do we use it to spend on those less fortunate than us, or does the wealth cause us to become arrogant?
SubhanAllah either way it belongs to Allaah. He is the One Who gave it and He is the One Who can take it away, and like I said, He gives to whom He wills, and there is wisdom in that; Allah knows best.
When we understand that wealth is a test we take a very different approach to obtaining and spending it. Yes, we all have expenses and we need money to survive, but that’s all it is for us, a means to survive. It should not be our goal, rather a gateway to Jannah. So in the end the little suffices.
One should remember that one’s rizq (provision) was written 50,000 years before the creation of the heavens and earth, and so each and every one of us will receive what is written for us; nothing more and nothing less! What this means is that when you have exerted all your efforts to earn, then put your trust in Allah, He will provide for you.
Let me share with you an experience that a sister shared with me. A colleague approached this sister because he felt they were not getting paid enough and needed more people to register this complaint. She wasn’t really bothered, but because it meant she would be helping someone else she went along with it. So this colleague only informed others because he wanted the increase in pay, and subhanAllah he did all the calculations, paperwork and so on. It so turned out that they were underpaid, but guess what? The sister ended up getting a payout, and yet her colleague who had initiated the process didn’t. SubhanAllah, this money came the sisters way, without any effort on her part. It was her rizq (provision) ma shaa’Allah, whereas her colleague didn’t get anything; this was not written for him.
‘…And whosoever fears Allah and keeps his duty to Him, He will make a way for him to get out (from every difficulty). And He will provide for him from (sources) he could never imagine. And whosoever puts his trust in Allah, then He will suffice him. Verily, Allah will accomplish his purpose. Indeed Allah has set a measure for all things.’
(Qur’an 65: 2-3)
Subhan’Allah what is ours will come to us; Allah will not abandon His believers. However, there are ways in which we can increase our provisions, one of which is seeking forgiveness.
‘I said to them, “Ask forgiveness from your Lord, verily, He is Oft-Forgiving; He will send rain to you in abundance, And give you increase in wealth, and children, and bestow on you gardens, and bestow on you rivers.”‘ (Qur’an 71: 10-12)
So, my dear brothers and sisters, increasing in astighfaar (seeking forgiveness) is a means of increasing one’s wealth. This has proven true for many. Don’t believe me? Try it…what have you got to lose…?
If you benefited from this reminder please share with others. Please make du’aa for the one who wrote it and posted it for you.