Is it All About the Money?


بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Farah Mughal

I am a student of the Qur’an. I attend class in the mornings and in the evenings I give tuitions to young children. Recently, I put an ad up for tuitions for girls from 5-6 of age. For the longest time, no one responded to my ad and I felt it was because Allah (سبحانه وتعالى) knows how horrible I am with money, so He does not want me to earn any. He knows in the ways I will spend it and it will not be according to what He is most pleased with.

Finally one day, I received not one, but two students and suddenly became very busy and very happy.

I began making a handsome amount of money and became very extravagant in the sense that I would throw my money around without thinking twice. I began planning in advance what I would buy the next month. Everyday for dinner I would eat out, which was thinning my wallet but doing the opposite to my waistline! I conveniently forgot how low I had felt when I did not have any kids to tuition.

Then, suddenly, both students backed out at the same time, leaving me in a sort of a depression and no money. I felt maybe I was doing something wrong while I was tutoring them, and their moms maybe didn’t like my style of handling kids. This depression even turned into anger, as I told myself that I didn’t need them.  I have my Bachelors in Psychology and I could get any student I wanted. I also felt that maybe Allah was angry with me for how I had been behaving. Lately, I had been so busy and self-absorbed with spending the money I thought I earned myself.

This entire situation I found myself in made me stop and think. “Why am i even running after the money? What is the end result of this striving?”

When a person is upset often it is also when he/she is closest to Allah (سبحانه وتعالى ) and comes to simple realizations. I soon understood there must be some bigger reason as to why what I had was suddenly snatched away. It was to make me realize that perhaps I am running after things that will not benefit me in terms of akhirah. Also the real gratitude for a blessing is to use it in the way most pleasing to Allah!

وَمَا أَمْوَالُكُمْ وَلَا أَوْلَادُكُم بِالَّتِي تُقَرِّبُكُمْ عِندَنَا زُلْفَى إِلَّا مَنْ آمَنَ وَعَمِلَ صَالِحًا فَأُوْلَئِكَ لَهُمْ جَزَاء الضِّعْفِ بِمَا عَمِلُوا وَهُمْ فِي الْغُرُفَاتِ آمِنُونَ

“For, it is neither your riches nor your children that can bring you nearer to Us: only he who attains to faith and does what is right and just [comes near unto Us]; and it is [such as] these whom multiple recompense awaits for all that they have done; and it is they who shall dwell secure in the mansions [of paradise].”

[Al-Quran-Surah Saba:37]

Alhumdulillah, I soon realized my mistakes and how Allah is helping me learn and rectify my ways through this situation. I have learned my lesson for life.

 

About Quran Reflections

Al-Huda's branch at Khayaban-e-Sehar is one of the few Quran courses being regularly conducted in Karachi, Pakistan, where the mode of instruction and examination is English. The students and teachers have decided to upload their reflections on the Quran and class notes on this blog, in order to be available to a global audience for the latter's benefit and inspiration.
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5 Responses to Is it All About the Money?

  1. Uzma says:

    Jazakallah Farah for sharing such a personal story! I think this is something that all of us can relate to. I guess the best approach is to think before spending and use each blessing as it is meant to be used. Thanks again 🙂

  2. Samar says:

    “Lately, I had been so busy and self-absorbed with spending the money I thought I earned myself.”
    That’s where we’re wrong so often! We think we earn the money of we’re responsible for it coming in to our accounts. But in reality it is only Allah who can give!
    The other day I mentioned something about too much money being spent on something to my husband and he said to me ‘We only look at what’s going, but never mention how much we’re getting’ 🙂 Alhamdulillah, it was something that doesn’t normally pop up in the mind, but made me feel so grateful and content.
    It is definitely very important to constantly keep in mind that anything we have is FROM Allah and then we must use it in the right ways as well.

  3. samarhasan85 says:

    More suggested tags: ingratitude, money

  4. Mariam says:

    Jkk for your meaningful comments on this topic!

    It seems in so many new ways there is just so much information out there inviting to all kinds of ways of spending ones time, energy and money. Most of these things take us away from true remembrance of Allah and our purpose of existance!

    As Allah repeatedly reminds us in the Quran… one of the reasons for weakness of faith and hypocricy is LOVE OF DUNYA!!

    I think we can try and hold a moderate approach in our lives as far as spending is concerned by atleast reducing our list of wants…. when we feel like buying that extra peice of clothing for ourselves we should maybe give someone needy a much needed pair of clothes instead.

    May Allah guide us to what pleases Him most. Ameen.

  5. Farah Mughal says:

    thanks for all the comments

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