Poverty and Dunya

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
الحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله وعلى آله وصحبه، أما بعـد

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OF POVERTY AND DUNYA

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Most humans are afraid of falling into poverty and will try whatever they can in order to avoid it. It grieves and saddens them whenever there is a deficit in their wealth; to the extent that they will compromise Deen so as to gain worldly material gain. The superstitious amongst them will resort to witchcraft and travel to seek the assistance of a shaman to reverse their fortunes through incantations and talismans etc. The more extreme measures would see them resort to seeking help from Jinn so that they become wealthy. With the wholesale bartering of their Deen for worldly pleasures and momentary gains, we turn to Allaah and seek His Protection from such disbelief and compromising of our salvation – and from Shaytan who whispers untruths into our ears:

الشَّيْطَانُ يَعِدُكُمُ الْفَقْرَ وَيَأْمُرُكُم بِالْفَحْشَاءِ ۖ وَاللَّهُ يَعِدُكُم مَّغْفِرَةً مِّنْهُ وَفَضْلًا ۗ وَاللَّهُ وَاسِعٌ عَلِيمٌ

“Shaytan threatens you with poverty and orders you to commit Fahsha (evil deeds and sins); whereas Allaah promises you Forgiveness from Himself and Bounty, and Allaah is All-Sufficient for His creatures’ needs, All-Knower.” [Al-Baqarah, 268]

The question arises whether we actually need to fear poverty? Is it true that the Messenger of Allaah صلى الله عليه وسلم and his Companions and our pious predecessors feared poverty and the trials of loss of wealth and earnings?

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