MONEY MATTERS!
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MONEY MATTERS!

When we look at strained and soured relationships today we would find that most of these have been caused by issues surrounding money more than anything else. Money has become so critically important in our lives that even blood bonds stand no chances of survival when money features as the rival party.

It is said that Man makes money but money does not make man. The truth of this statement, in this day and age, can only apply to the first part. Sadly the second part of the statement does not apply anymore. In the hedonistic, materialistic and self-gratification world we live in it is only money or specifically the huge amounts of money that we are able to accrue and amass that defines us. People are judged by the wealth they possess. For us this is the only yardstick we know! The question we ask is that have we already stooped to such a level that we are prepared to sacrifice almost everything for the sake of wealth and furthermore even compromising the life of the hereafter which is permanent as opposed to this life which is temporary?

The Sahaabi of Nabi Sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam, Hadrat Qays bin Sa’d bin ‘Ubaadah Radiyallaahu Anhuma, once fell ill. While recovering from the illness, he realized that none of his friends had come to visit him. On enquiry, he learned that they were reluctant to visit him due to the fact that they all owed him money (and were thus embarrassed or afraid that he would ask them to repay the loan).

When he heard this, Hadrat Qays bin Sa‘d Radiyallaahu Anhuma spontaneously said, “May Allah Ta‘ala disgrace the wealth that deters my brothers from visiting me!” He thereafter instructed a person to go out and announce that he had absolved all his debtors of the amounts they owed him.

After the announcement was made, so many visitors arrived to visit him that by nightfall, his doorstep had collapsed due the weight of the people climbing to his door! (Siraajul Mulook pg. 155)

Lessons:

1. A Muslim should not allow money to spoil his relationship with his family or fellow Muslims (as is sometimes the case in winding up estates, dissolving business partnerships, etc). Money can always be recovered. A heart which is broken by an insensitive, hurtful remark or callous behavior, however, seldom recovers completely.

2. The money owed to him was something of value. However, the value of the sunnah and the value of taking the du‘aas of people when they come to visit the sick person was far, far greater. He thus happily sacrificed something of much lesser value for that value which cannot be quantified and estimated.

3. The money owed to him was a small, short term investment. By forgiving it he transferred it “off-shore” into a permanent investment that earns several thousand percent more returns.

4. While he sacrificed money, he “bought” immense and untold barakah. Barakah is not always perceived with the eye. It comes in innumerable ways and is the essence of all good in this world.

5. In the Qur’aan Allah Ta’ala encourages us to firstly grant respite to a debtor and also gives us the better option of waiving the debt. He says

 But if you give [from your right as] charity, then it is better for you, if you only knew.” [Quran 2: 280].

In ahadeeth the message is the same.

Money does matter in our lives but the question every Muslim should be asking himself is what matters most?

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