This short article briefly tells us about the attitude of the prophet towards wealth.
The attitude of the Prophet towards wealth and his family make us bearing in mind that he possessed the utmost affection for the Ummah and was its greatest well-wisher. He was the best among people and is he who is good for his household, and, among anyone, he is the best for his household and this was typically illustrative of the Apostolic point of view.
The Prophet did not like, even for a short time, to keep money or provisions in his house in excess of his needs. In the same way, he did not allow the goods of charity which were the property of common people to remain with him for a moment. He would have no peace of mind until they had been given away.
It was the practice of the Prophet to distribute charity as soon as they were received. `Uqba bin Al-Harith relates that (meaning),
“I offered the `Asr prayer with the Prophet (ﷺ) and after finishing the prayer with Taslim he got up quickly and went to some of his wives and then came out. He noticed the signs of astonishment on the faces of the people caused by his speed. He then said, “I remembered while I was in my prayer that a piece of gold was lying in my house and I disliked that it should remain with us throughout the night, and so I have ordered it to be distributed.” (Source: Sahih al-Bukhari no. 1221)
The Prophet guided his Companions and the entire Ummah along identical lines and infused into them the same values of generosity and self-denial. So forcefully and earnestly did he exhort the people to practise charity that as anyone reads the relevant traditions he begins to doubt if he really has a claim over anything that is in excess of his needs.
When we look at ourselves and reflect on the things of comfort and luxury were freely make use of in everyday life we are caught in a curious predicament. Everything seems so unnecessary, redundant and superfluous. Costly dresses, sumptuous meals, luxurious carriages— all stand out as wrong and wasteful. What the Prophet said though appertained only to advice and extortion and there is no law against it. But, such was the way of the Prophet.
Allah said (meaning): “There has certainly been for you in the Messenger of Allah an excellent pattern for anyone whose hope is in Allah and the Last Day and [who] remembers Allah often.” (Al-Quran, Surah Al-Ahzab : 21)
Jabir b. ‘Abdullah reported:
I heard Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) as saying: “Food for one person suffices two persons and food for two persons suffices four persons, and food for four persons suffices eight persons.” (Source: Sahih Muslim No. 2059 a)
The Holy Prophet placed human beings on such a high pedestal of nobility and ascribed such great virtue to taking care of their needs and bringing succour to them that no higher and more admirable conception of humanity and brotherliness can be possible. From the Islamic point of view, a shirker and transgressor in respect of the rights of man are no better than a renegade and a backslider in the path of God.
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