Maximize your Wealth – Omar Suleiman The Prophet (ﷺ), he tells us a very interesting story, and this story is narrated by Abu Hurairah (رضي الله تعالى عنها) in Sahih Muslim, that one day there was a man walking out in the wilderness.
As he’s walking out in the wilderness, he looks up and he notices that there is a cloud all by itself. Then he hears a voice coming from that cloud, and the voice is saying, “(اسقِ حديقة فلان)” “Go ahead and nourish the garden of so and so, irrigate the garden of so and so.
” So he says, “I followed this cloud and I saw that it stopped at a certain area, then all of a sudden it started to pour down rain.” And he said, “What’s interesting about this is that the water came down sort of on a flat surface, but at the same time, it bounced off of that flat surface, and it came into the stream, it formed a stream.
” And as he followed that stream down, he saw a man with his hatchet, channeling the water into the different parts of his garden to make sure that each part of his garden got what it was supposed to get in regards to its portion.
So he said, “I went to the man, and I asked the man, what’s your name?” And he said, “My name is so and so.” So he said, “SubhanAllah.” He said, “Why are you asking me?” He said, “Because that’s the same name that I heard from the cloud.
” And he told that man the story, and he asked that man, he said, “What do you do with your money? What do you do with this water? What do you do with your garden?” And the man said, “(أنظر إلى ما يخرج منها),” He said, “I look to see what comes out of it.
” “(أتصدق بثلثه).” And he said, “I gave in charity a third of it.” Then, “(آكل أنا وعيالي من ثلثٍ).” He said, “Me and my family, we eat from a third of it. Then I take the last third, I put it back into the garden.
” Meaning what? I reinvest one-third of it. We can take so many lessons from this. Number one, that there is no sustenance that will come to you without the permission of Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى).
Not a dollar in your bank account, or in your piggy bank even when you’re younger. Not a single drop of rain, not a single leaf will fall from a tree, nothing will come to you except by the permission of Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى).
Your rizq, your sustenance is written down and it will come to you in ways that you don’t even know, and it will come to you from avenues that you possibly don’t even recognize. But, Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) will continue to give rizq to a person, or will continue to give sustenance to a person who is doing good.
Another thing that we see is that this person, didn’t really have much, it wasn’t that his man had this huge garden, he wasn’t a multi-millionaire, because traditionally when we talk about charity, you might be thinking to yourself, I only make a few hundred dollars, and I’m still going to school, I’m not doing much.
You might be thinking to yourself, how does this apply to me? Because we think that charity only applies to multi-millionaires. And people that are, it’s just like everyone looks at the doctor in the fundraisers and sees how much the doctors going to give, right? And so we have to have these glory images, and this sensationalism, or these really fancy masajid, you know, beautiful videos with nasheeds in the background.
Sometimes, you know, all kinds of things in the backgrounds and golden minarets, so that a person can be motivated to give. So it kind of becomes random charity from rich people, and you need to get it out from these rich people.
But this man, obviously we can take from this hadith, he’s a simple man. But at the same time, with his giving, Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) continues to give to him as he goes forward in life, and his investment continues to grow, and so Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) blesses him.
As He says in a hadith Qudsi, “(يا إبن آدم).” “O son of Adam, give and I will give to you.” So the Prophet (ﷺ) taught, “(من لم يشكر بالقليل).” “Whoever is not grateful with small things, will not be grateful with major things.
” So if you’re only making $20,000 a year, and you’re not grateful with that, you’re not going to be grateful when you make a quarter of a million dollars a year, when you make $250,000 a year. That’s not the point here of generosity, the point here is that any time something good happens to you, you give something for the sake of Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى), and at the same time, you’re disciplined with your money, you invest it, right? This hadith is teaching us that it’s sunnah to invest.
It’s sunnah to build for your future in this world as well, and to not be reckless with your money. This man is incredibly disciplined. So being disciplined with our finances. The Prophet (ﷺ) said in a hadith in Abu Dawood that no one should recieve a gift, except that they give a portion of that gift for the sake of Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى).
So whether it’s a gift, whether it’s an increase in your salary, whether you just got admitted into a really good program in school or college, make sure that you have a consistent charity that’s coming out of your income, no matter how small it is, every single day of your life, because charity is due upon you every day.
And at the same time, when anything good happens to you, or any increase comes in your life, make sure you have a set portion to give for the sake of Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى).
That will keep you removed from greed, even as you move forward, and as you grow into your careers, and as you become more successful, bi’ithnillahi ta’ala. We ask Allah to grant us success in this world and the next, and to make us people of geneorous hearts.
Allahumma ameen. JazakumAllahu khayran. (اَلسَّلاَمُ عَلَيْكُمْ وَرَحْمَةُ اللهِ وَبَرَكَاتُهُ)