What is true wealth
*Summary of Iṣlāḥī Majlis by Shaykhul-Ḥadīth Ḥaḍrat Mawlāna Ādam ibn Yūsuf Ṣāḥib دامت بركاته*
26th September 2021 | 19th Safar 1443AH
مولاي صل و سلم دائما أبدا
على حبيبك خير الخلق كلهم
فمبلغ العلم فيه أنه بشر
وأنه خير خلق الله كلهم
*حديث أبي هريرة عن النبي ﷺ قال: ليس الغِنى عن كثرة العرَض، ولكن الغِنى غِنى النفس.* متفق عليه.
_Abu Hurairah reported: The Prophet ﷺ said, “Wealth is not in having many possessions. Rather, true wealth is the richness of the soul.”_ (Source: Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī and Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim)
*True Definition of Wealth*
In this short narration, Rasulullah ﷺ has taught us many lessons. Our definition of rich is "someone with a lot of wealth". However, the reality is that a person can be rich in his worldly possessions but still be poor in his soul. True poverty is poverty of the soul. A person who suffers from greed will continue to be poor his entire life despite however much he accumulates. A person who is content, grateful and patient is far richer than him in reality, even if he has fewer possessions.
بزرگی بہ عقل است نہ بہ سال
تونگری بہ دل است نہ بہ مال
Maturity is shown by intelligence, not by age
Affluence is shown by the heart, not by wealth
The pious elders say that if a person says every day, “O Allah! You have blessed me beyond measure despite my unworthiness”, such a person will continue to feel rich in himself throughout his life.
Allah ﷻ says in the Holy Qur’an (51:21) about His signs:
*وَفِي أَنفُسِكُمْ ۚ أَفَلَا تُبْصِرُونَ*
*“And in yourselves. Then will you not see?”*
Ponder upon the blessing of just one eye. If you were asked to exchange it for a £1 million, would you? You would certainly not. If every limb has such a high value, we have invaluable treasure just within our own body. So why do we get upset when we do not have material possessions to our liking?
*Two Grave Dangers to Iman*
Two dangerous lusts that one must control is greed for the worldly possession and lustful desires for ghair mahārim (unrelated member of opposite gender).
*A Dangerous Sin*
Lustfully gazing and communicating with ghair mahram is a dangerous sin. Shaitān traps a person through it and pulls him further into his web. There is a fear of khātimah bis-sū (a bad death) for a person who indulges in this sin. May Allah ﷻ protect us all. If a person lowers his gaze during such an opportunity, then makes Duā, surely his Duā will be accepted inshāAllah.
A person should stay away from unnecessary communication with ghair mahārim. If you need to communicate with them, do so through your mahram relatives of their gender. This applies to queries too. There is no need to direct questions about intricate matters of the body to scholars of the opposite gender when there are scholars of the same gender knowledgable and willing to answer the question. Hadhrat then advised the male scholars to direct women who come to them with such questions to an appropriate female scholar by answering, “I am unable to answer.” This is not considered lying because what is means it that you are unable to answer it due to your code of conduct, not because of your lack of knowledge about the issue.
*The true focus*
Even more than praying wazhā’if (fixed optional prayers), focus on avoiding those things which are forbidden.
*Wealth of Soul of Rabi’a Basria*
Women have reached high levels in this Deen; such women who were greater than thousands of people put together. One such woman was Rabi’a Basria (may Allah have mercy on her). She once had some guests over but had nothing to feed them except 2 rotis which she gave away to a beggar. She did not get upset and consider herself poor. Rather she trusted in Allah. As Allah ﷻ decreed it, a pious person sent over rotis to her along with soup. She asked for it to be counted and it came up to 18 rotis. She asked the person’s servant to return it as it could not be for her. They insisted it was. She told them to check again because she has a feeling that the person was going to send her 20 rotis, not 18. The servant then admitted that they ate 2 along the way. The way Rabi’a Basria knew was because she had such conviction in Allah’s mercy that for each of the 2 rotis she gave away, Allah ﷻ would replace her with 10.
*Transaction with Allah ﷻ*
Commenting on this, Hadhrat mentions that when he was studying Sahih al-Bukhāri, his teacher Shaykh Fakhruddin (may Allah have mercy on him) said, “People take usury from the creation - which is harmful and forbidden - but why not take interest from Allah ﷻ ? In this case, it is beneficial for you!” This means that always expect more reward than your good deeds. Allah ﷻ says in the Holy Qur’an (06:160):
مَن جَاءَ بِالْحَسَنَةِ فَلَهُ عَشْرُ أَمْثَالِهَا
“Whoever comes (before Allah) with a good deed, for him there are tenfold the like of...”
```May Allah ﷻ grant us the ability to practise on everything that has been said. Āmīn```