5 Islamic Reasons To Get Rich
Wealth is not a bad thing. Its how we earn it and spend it that we will be questioned about on the Last Day. The Sahaba viewed wealth as a means to earn more reward. This means there are many Islamic reasons to get rich.
The following Hadith is proof of this:
“Some people from among the Companions of the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said to the Prophet (peace be upon him), ‘O Messenger of Allah, the affluent have made off with the rewards; they pray as we pray, they fast as we fast, and they give [much] in charity by virtue of their wealth.” (Saheeh Muslim)
What did these companions do with their wealth to get more reward?
Good deeds that require wealth!
Here are five such deeds:
1. Give More Charity
Giving wealth in charity is one of the best good deeds we can do. The more we give, the more reward we get. When we give charity, we are rewarded ten times over or more!
If you want to give a million in charity, you will need to become a millionaire first!
2. Perform Hajj and Umrah more often
Each accepted Umrah is a cause of forgiveness for the sins before it. An accepted Hajj earns one Paradise. Hajj and Umrah require a lot of wealth to perform often.
This means we need to earn more wealth if we wish to increase in this act of worship!
3. Support The Dawah
Imagine being able to support an Islamic scholar by providing him a full month’s salary each month. By doing so, you allow him to free up his time to do Dawah, and you earn the reward of all the Dawah he does!
Likewise, if you fund a Dawah organization or project and it leads to many people converting to Islam. Imagine the rewards in such a scenario!
All of this requires wealth! Enough wealth and you can do such good deeds in future!
4. Build Masjids
Find a part of the world that needs a new Masjid and finance the entire project yourself!
Imagine the rewards you can earn if that Masjid lasts until the end of the world and millions of people pray in it over the remainder of history!
This kind of good deed requires us to get rich first, so that we can do these things.
5. Uplift the Ummah
The ummah is facing major problems today. We can sit around and grumble or work at improving the state of the ummah. I choose the latter!
You can too!
Build Islamic centers! Fund Islamic research! Donate to humanitarian institutes! Build Islamic schools! Help young Muslims with capital to start their own businesses! Invest in Muslim start ups!
The Bottom Line
There are hundreds of ways we can assist this ummah through wealth.
These are some of many Islamic Reasons to get rich!
So what are you waiting for?
Work hard, build your way up in life and then utilize your wealth to uplift this ummah and build your Akhirah!
Shaykh Ismail Kamdar is the founder of Islamic Self Help and author of multiple eBooks.