If Allaah gives you wealth

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
الحمد لله رب العالمين وصلى الله وسلم على رسول الله وعلى آله وأصحابه ومن اهتدى بهديه إلى يوم الدين أما بعد

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Allaah سبحانه و تعالى Said in His Noble Book:

وَأَمَّا بِنِعْمَةِ رَبِّكَ فَحَدِّثْ

“And proclaim the Blesing of your Lord.” [Ad-Duha: 11]

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Malik bin Nadlah رضي الله عنهم said:

أتيت رسول الله -صلى الله عليه وسلم- وأنا رثُّ الهيئة، فقال: “هل لك مال؟” قلت: نعم، قال: “من أي المال؟”، قال: قلت: من كل المال من الإبل والرقيق والخيل والغنم،
فقال: إذا آتاك الله مالاً فلْيُرَ عليك

“I came to the Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم while (I was) shabbily dressed. He said, ‘Do you have wealth?’ I said, ‘Yes.’ He said, ‘What (kind of) wealth?’ I said, ‘All kinds (from) camels and slaves and horses and sheep.’ So he said, ‘If Allaah gives you wealth, then let it be seen (on you).'”

[Musnad Ahmad, (15457); with strong isnad; see also ‘Saheeh an-Nasa’i, 5238]

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1. The Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم also said:

إن الله يحب أن يرى أثر نعمته على عبده

“Verily Allaah loves to see the effects of His blessing on His slave.’‘ [At-Tirmidhi, 2963; who classed it as ‘hasan saheeh’ – see also ‘Saheeh al-Jaami’, 1712]

Sh. Ahmad Hutaybah explains this hadeeth nicely here

2. All blessings are from Allaah and it is from faith to acknowledge them and utilise them to thank and please its Provider سبحانه و تعالى.

The author of Tafseer al-Manar explained:

والشكر نصف الإيمان بحسب متعلقاته من الأعمال والأحوال ، وهي ما يجب على العبد لربه ولعباده من استعمال نعمه عليه فيما يرضيه من أحكام شرعه ، وموافقة سننه وحكمته في خلقه ، والنصف الآخر الصبر ، وهو ما يجب في حال وقوع المكاره والابتلاء من عمل بدني ونفسي ويضاد الشكر الكفر وهو قسمان : كفر النعم ، وكفر المنعم

3. There is no excuse for one who has the means, yet remains miserly unkempt; the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم was pure and clean and commanded others to observe cleanliness and good appearance. There are many examples of this from his Sunnah صلى الله عليه وسلم.

4. The statement ‘If Allaah gives you wealth, then let it be seen’ is not a call to being ostentatious in wealth, showing off or wrongful pride; as we know the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said:

لا يدخل الجنة من كان في قلبه مثقال ذرة من كبر قال رجل إن الرجل يحب أن يكون ثوبه حسنا ونعله حسنة قال إن الله جميل يحب الجمال الكبر بطر الحق وغمط الناس

“None will enter Paradise who has an atom’s weight of pride in his heart.” A man said, “We like to wear nice clothes and nice shoes.” He صلى الله عليه وسلم said: (It is not like what you understand), “Allaah is beautiful and loves beauty. Pride means denying the truth and looking down on people.” [Saheeh Muslim, 131]

5. Imam Ibn al-Qayyim رحمه الله تعالى beautifully explained that: “‘The phrase ‘Allaah is beautiful and loves beauty,’ includes the beautiful clothing which was asked about (in the same hadeeth). It is a generalisation that means beauty in all things… Allaah, The Glorified, loves the effects of His blessings to His slave to be made manifest, for this is part of the beauty that He loves, and that is part of the gratitude for His blessings which forms an inner beauty (beauty of character). Allaah loves to see the external beauty of His slaves which reflects His blessings on them, and the inner beauty of their gratitude to Him for those blessings.” [see Al-Fawa’id, 1/185]

6. Beauty in clothing and outward appearance is of types, one which is commendable and one which is blameworthy. The kind of beauty which is to be commended is that which is done for the sake of Allaah and in helping to obey Him and fulfil His Commands. What is condemned is the extravagance in clothing or food and drink or in housing etc. that can lead to destructive pride and haughtiness.

Allaah سبحانه و تعالى Says: وَكُلُوا وَاشْرَبُوا وَلَا تُسْرِفُوا ۚ إِنَّهُ لَا يُحِبُّ الْمُسْرِفِينَ“…and eat and drink but waste not by extravagance, certainly He (Allaah) likes not Al-Musrifoon (those who waste by extravagance).” [Al-A’raaf: 31]

7. For a succinct overview of this topic, read here – نعمة الله

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May Allaah سبحانه و تعالى make us from those who constantly remember His infinite Blessings and Favours upon us.

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