A few weeks ago I was walking up a high hilled street with my daughter. Apparently I was walking too fast and turned around watching her pant her way up the hill. Just for a short minute if one may say I backtracked to when I was panting just like her, up the same hill …
For most who are not wary of guarding their heart from spiritual diseases, acquisition of wealth can quickly lead to arrogance, showing off, and conceit. They can begin to look down upon others who hail from lower social classes…
Even if what we are given is little, we should not exhaust ourselves spiritually and emotionally in the pursuit of wealth and in the incessant competition with those who may have more than us. A little wealth that suffices our needs is far better that an abundance of wealth accompanied by avarice and discontent.
Unlike the modern techniques that pump the person with hope without adequate attention on the consequence of inappropriate deeds, Islam encourages both and reminds the person that all our deeds are recorded and will be presented to us on the Day of Judgment.
Giving Zakah purifies the heart of the one who gives from selfishness and greed for wealth, and develops in him sympathy for the poor and needy. For those who receive the Zakah, it purifies the heart from envy and hatred of the rich and prosperous, and fosters a sense of good will between brothers.
Zakah prevents wealth from being accumulated in one part of society. It ensures that everyone has a meal to eat and clothes to cover their backs. It also ensures that all wealthy people are annually taken to account, which prevents illegal actions such as fraud and extortion, and other financial crimes.
In his My Autobiography, Charlie Chaplin says, “The saddest thing I can imagine is to get used to luxury.” Similarly, Gibran describes luxury using very impressive words such as in, “The lust for comfort, that stealthy thing that enters the house a guest, and then becomes a host, and then a master.” While Chaplin was …
This life He put us into is then, in fact, merely a test to show us our own true nature and characteristics. Although, He has All Knowledge and does not need to put us in this test to know our nature.
Forgetting the role of God in our lives, is likely to cause arrogance, pride and ignorance toward the One who is the real giver and attribute it to oneself instead. Do we know that we are questioned for everything we do, think, and possess?
When we find ourselves in the limelight, when we’re famous, we wouldn’t think to move back to our former self, but on the contrary we race forward toward our death. This is a weakness in human nature, to seek the material things in life as a goal in itself instead of being a means to an end.