Between Wealth and Paradise.

Two months before my father's demise, three of my younger brothers and I had gone visiting him at my elder brother's residence. He had informed us that in one of his Ruya, he was taken to Barzakh, where a wall was broken and from which came out lots money. He said he was asked by the divine being to choose between it and a good life in the hereafter for his generations and those yet unborn .He opted for the latter instead. Virtually every one of us present was sober because of this choice. We preferred wealth!

I am sure many people would have preferred wealth as against the choice my father took. Who really cares about what happens in the life hereafter as long one swims in wealth here on earth and belong to the crème de la crème of the society.

While we seek riches we should always have it at the back of our mind that it would be extremely difficult for a rich man to enter paradise. A verse in The Injil (The Bible) says, "as it is difficult for a camel to pass through the eye of the needle so it is for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.". The Qur'an, Surah al Taghabun, also says, "Your wealth and your children are only a trial (fitnah).  

The Prophet (peace and blessing be upon him) also corroborated this when he said, "the poor will enter Paradise before the rich half a day, and that is 500yrs".

Wealth is good, no doubt about that, but rather than seek affluence, we should instead pray to Allah to make us comfortable. Once Allah breaths comfort into your life, though you may not be visibly rich, you will lack nothing and be peaceful at heart. But as for the wealthy, how many of them truly have peace of mind. The money they have is never enough until they eventually bite the dust. They seem to have forgotten the saying, “more money; more problems.”

May Allah make us comfortable in this life and grant us aljanat firdaus as well.

Amin.