The Egyptian Brother – Fitnah of wealth

Bismillah Hirahaman Niraheem

            Each person has some moments in their life where Allah opens up guidance for them or they simply feel connected to Allah. It may be as simple as a smile which made someone’s day. Insha Allah im planning to publish some real life incidents, either from others or mine, where we felt closer to Allah.Contributions from readers are also most welcome.

“And know that your possessions and your children are but a trial (fitnah) and that surely with Allah is a mighty reward.” [8 : 28]

           This incident is about an Egyptian brother. I am not sure whether I heard about him from his colleague or whether from my Quran teacher. His level of  taqwa touched me very much and I would love to share it with you. This brother was a person with great taqwa mashaAllah. He used to pray his salah on time, read Quran regularly and also put Allah first in all his worldly affairs(i.e., he was always mindful of Allah and always took decisions in terms of whether it would please Allah or not).

            Obviously, he was a hard working and sincere person at workplace and his sincerity ended him with getting him a surprise promotion in a very short time. When he was informed of his promotion it is said that he was close to tears and went to pray immediately. His friends thought that they were tears of joy and that he went to thank Allah. But the brother went to pray because he was now afraid of the day of reckoning. Allah had blessed him with an increase in salary and now he had more questions to answer to Allah.  In this time, where we find people running behind money, his taqwa was immaculate. Instead of being happy about his salary hike, he was worried about how he would spend it and how he was accountable to His creator. Reminded me of some of the companions of SWS.

The Prophet (SAW) used to pray:

“O Allah! I seek your refuge from the evils of the fitnah of wealth, and the evils of the fitnah of poverty.”[Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

Oh Allah i seek refuge in You. Ameen.

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