Who is the richest man in the world?
We all know these names and we all know that they have accumulated immense wealth. But who was the richest man in the world before them? And who will be the richest after them? The answer is simple: we do not know.
However, there is one thing we do know for sure. No matter how rich or poor we are, we will all eventually leave this world with nothing but our deeds.
As Muslims, we believe that when we die, we will stand before Allah (SWT) and be held accountable for all that we have done in this life.
This brings us to an important question: How do we become rich in the ultimate sense? How do we acquire wealth that will benefit us not only in this life but also in the hereafter?
The answer is also simple: We must do good deeds that have a long-lasting impact. We must invest in things that will benefit us and others even after we are gone.
“And spend [in the way of Allah] from what We have provided you before death approaches one of you and he says, ‘My Lord, if only You would delay me for a brief term so I would give charity and be among the righteous.'”[Quran 63:10]
We must invest in education. Education is one of the best investments we can make in this life. It is an investment in ourselves and in future generations. Education allows us to gain knowledge, acquire skills, and develop our minds. It is through education that we can understand our religion better and learn how to apply its teachings in our lives.
“The best of you are those who learn the Quran and teach it.”Sahih Al-Bukhari
We must invest in charitable causes. Giving charity is one of the most rewarding deeds we can do as Muslims. It is a way to help those in need and earn the pleasure of Allah (SWT) at the same time. Giving charity not only benefits the recipient but also the giver. It purifies our wealth and increases our blessings.
“Who is it that would loan Allah a goodly loan so He may multiply it for him many times over? And it is Allah who withholds and grants abundance, and to Him you will be returned.”[Quran 2:245]
We must invest in our relationships. Our relationships with our family, friends, and community are important investments that will benefit us in this life and the hereafter. We must treat others with kindness, respect, and compassion. We must help others when they are in need and forgive them when they make mistakes. These investments will bring us happiness and peace of mind, and they will also earn us the reward of Allah (SWT).
“Do not cut relations with one another. Do not turn away from one another. Do not hate one another. Be servants of Allah, brothers.”Sahih Bukhari
In conclusion, the ultimate wealth is not the wealth that we accumulate in this life. It is the wealth that we accumulate in the hereafter through our good deeds.
We must invest in things that will benefit us in this life and the hereafter. We must invest in education, charity, and our relationships.
“Those who spend their wealth [in Allah’s way] by night and by day, secretly and publicly – they will have their reward with their Lord. And no fear will there be concerning them, nor will they grieve.”[Quran 2:274]
May Allah (SWT) guide us and help us invest in the things that matter the most. Ameen.
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