All praise be to Allah whom made wealth and children the adornment of life. May His peace and blessings be upon the noble soul of Muhmamad, his household and his companions and those who hold fast to his legacies until the Last Day.
Without a modicum of doubt, as long as we breathe, we need Allah’s sustenance. Similarly, it’s settled that acquisition of wealth/worldly gains is secondary to worshipping none other than Allah, as worshipping Him alone is the primary purpose of our existence.
Surah Adh-Dhariyat, Verse 56:
وَمَا خَلَقْتُ الْجِنَّ وَالْإِنسَ إِلَّا لِيَعْبُدُونِ
And I (Allah) created not the jinns and humans except they should worship Me (Alone).
Additionally, it’s in our best interest to seek Allah’s pleasure and His Jannah with every of the favours He bestowed upon us, while not forsaking our share of legal enjoyment in this world.
Surah Al-Qasas, Verse 77:
وَابْتَغِ فِيمَا آتَاكَ اللَّهُ الدَّارَ الْآخِرَةَ وَلَا تَنسَ نَصِيبَكَ مِنَ الدُّنْيَا وَأَحْسِن كَمَا أَحْسَنَ اللَّهُ إِلَيْكَ وَلَا تَبْغِ الْفَسَادَ فِي الْأَرْضِ إِنَّ اللَّهَ لَا يُحِبُّ الْمُفْسِدِينَ
But seek, with that (wealth) which Allah has bestowed on you, the home of the Hereafter, and forget not your portion of legal enjoyment in this world, and do good as Allah has been good to you, and seek not mischief in the land. Verily, Allah likes not the Mufsidun (those who commit great crimes and sins, oppressors, tyrants, mischief-makers, corrupts).
In the early hours of today, September 16, 2020, the social media space was permeated with wishful-thinking, insolence and disgrace (to mention but few), all accompanying 3 newly acquired Ferraris.
I logged on to Twitter only to meet people basking in wishful-thinking and a part of them insulting their parents, owing to the jaw-dropping shopping experience a Nigerian billionaire – Ote$ (Otedola), gave his 3daughters- getting each a Ferrari.
Each is valued at about ₦86million, a grand total of ₦258million.
It’s a big deal, yet casual. Big in the sense that ₦86million is a generational wealth for some, while ₦258million is not short of a “chicken feed” to a man who’s worth billions of dollars.
Dismaying it is to find people who saw this internet-breaking move as an opportunity to disparage their parents for not being wealthy enough to afford them such luxury, even though they want to put people under the impression that it’s a joke. Regardless, it’s only a thoughtless person and irredeemable fool that will downplay the significance of their parents by not attaining some worldly gains-many of which are mere luxuries-. Jokingly or seriously, impliedly or expressly, we must never dishonor our parents, as honouring the parents has a very high place in Islam and dishonouring them is a grave sin.
Surah Al-Ahqaf, Verse 15:
وَوَصَّيْنَا الْإِنسَانَ بِوَالِدَيْهِ إِحْسَانًا حَمَلَتْهُ أُمُّهُ كُرْهًا وَوَضَعَتْهُ كُرْهًا وَحَمْلُهُ وَفِصَالُهُ ثَلَاثُونَ شَهْرًا حَتَّىٰ إِذَا بَلَغَ أَشُدَّهُ وَبَلَغَ أَرْبَعِينَ سَنَةً قَالَ رَبِّ أَوْزِعْنِي أَنْ أَشْكُرَ نِعْمَتَكَ الَّتِي أَنْعَمْتَ عَلَيَّ وَعَلَىٰ وَالِدَيَّ وَأَنْ أَعْمَلَ صَالِحًا تَرْضَاهُ وَأَصْلِحْ لِي فِي ذُرِّيَّتِي إِنِّي تُبْتُ إِلَيْكَ وَإِنِّي مِنَ الْمُسْلِمِينَ
And We have enjoined on man to be dutiful and kind to his parents. His mother bears him with hardship and she brings him forth with hardship, and the bearing of him, and the weaning of him is thirty (30) months, till when he attains full strength and reaches forty years, he says: “My Lord! Grant me the power and ability that I may be grateful for Your Favour which You have bestowed upon me and upon my parents, and that I may do righteous good deeds, such as please You, and make my off-spring good. Truly, I have turned to You in repentance, and truly, I am one of the Muslims (submitting to Your Will).”
وَقَضَىٰ رَبُّكَ أَلَّا تَعْبُدُوا إِلَّا إِيَّاهُ وَبِالْوَالِدَيْنِ إِحْسَانًا إِمَّا يَبْلُغَنَّ عِندَكَ الْكِبَرَ أَحَدُهُمَا أَوْ كِلَاهُمَا فَلَا تَقُل لَّهُمَا أُفٍّ وَلَا تَنْهَرْهُمَا وَقُل لَّهُمَا قَوْلًا كَرِيمًا
And your Lord has decreed that you worship none but Him. And that you be dutiful to your parents. If one of them or both of them attain old age in your life, say not to them a word of disrespect, nor shout at them but address them in terms of honour. (Surah Al-Isra, Verse 23)
From this event additionally, one will realize the reality of life as a deceiving enjoyment, as people whose standard of living is a dream to many also joined the bandwagon in the thirst and fantasy of luxury. Some of them are from a “well-off” family but they see Otedola’s family as a better family. All of a sudden, other exotic brands which had hitherto been dream cars no longer matter. This is the reality of life; there’ll always be someone with better sustenance and if one chases luxury, they won’t get to the end of it rather, they’ll die while so doing having been diverted from the primary obligation in life. As Allah warns:
The mutual rivalry for piling up of worldly things diverts you,
:حَتَّىٰ زُرْتُمُ الْمَقَابِرَ
Until you visit the graves (i.e. till you die).
(At-Takathur, Verses 1 and 2).
It’s rather appalling how people have made material acquisition a primary aim in life while they lack much in religion.
اعْلَمُوا أَنَّمَا الْحَيَاةُ الدُّنْيَا لَعِبٌ وَلَهْوٌ وَزِينَةٌ وَتَفَاخُرٌ بَيْنَكُمْ وَتَكَاثُرٌ فِي الْأَمْوَالِ وَالْأَوْلَادِ كَمَثَلِ غَيْثٍ أَعْجَبَ الْكُفَّارَ نَبَاتُهُ ثُمَّ يَهِيجُ فَتَرَاهُ مُصْفَرًّا ثُمَّ يَكُونُ حُطَامًا وَفِي الْآخِرَةِ عَذَابٌ شَدِيدٌ وَمَغْفِرَةٌ مِّنَ اللَّهِ وَرِضْوَانٌ وَمَا الْحَيَاةُ الدُّنْيَا إِلَّا مَتَاعُ الْغُرُورِ
Know that the life of this world is only play and amusement, pomp and mutual boasting among you, and rivalry in respect of wealth and children, as the likeness of vegetation after rain, thereof the growth is pleasing to the tiller; afterwards it dries up and you see it turning yellow; then it becomes straw. But in the Hereafter (there is) a severe torment (for the disbelievers, evil-doers), and (there is) Forgiveness from Allah and (His) Good Pleasure (for the believers, good-doers), whereas the life of this world is only a deceiving enjoyment. (Surah Al-Hadid, Verse 20)
Conclusively, while there’s nothing wrong in being wealthy, we must be moderate about the quest. As a matter of fact, Allah has made His worship easy for some by virtue of the wealth He bestowed them while the opposite is the case for some- we ask Allah for safety. It’s upon us to be contented with our rizq as the lack of contentment may divert one from the worship of Allah – exalted is He-, to the worship of wealth; just like a poet observed; وذو القناعة راض بمعيشته
و صاحب الحرص إن أثرى فغضبان
The contented person is pleased with his provision, while the greedy, no matter how wealthy, is angry (and hungry for more).
We must be wary whose wealth we admire as not all bounties are worthy of admiration; the prophet, peace be upon him said: “There is no envy but in two cases: a man whom Allah has given wealth and he spends it rightly, and a man whom Allah has given wisdom and he judges and teaches with it.” (Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī 73).
اللهم لا تجعل الدنيا أكبر همنا
O Allah, do not make the Dunya our greatest concern.