Zubayr bin Al-Awwam was a well-known Sahabi who had hardly any property when he made the Hijrah to Madinah. When Zubayr died many years later, however, his net worth was in excess of fifty million (dirhams or dinars), including eleven houses in Madinah, four houses in other cities, and two large stretches of land. This account of his assets, reported in Bukhari, clears up a common misconception about Islam – that it is undesirable to own much property or possess the blessings of this world. Rather, what is important is your attitude towards wealth and how you acquire and spend it. Wealth, according to the Quran and Hadeeths, is both a blessing and a trial from Allah (swt).
Wealth as a Blessing
Wealth allows you to live in comfort: afford a desirable home, eat wholesome food, wear fine clothes, and fulfill many of your wants. The Prophet (sa) said: “This wealth is green and sweet [i.e., delicious like fruits]; and whoever takes it without greed is blessed in it.” (Bukhari) Upon seeing a well-off man dressed shabbily, the Prophet (sa) remarked: “If Allah has given you wealth, let the effect of Allah’s (swt) blessing and generosity be seen on you.” (Nasai) The Prophet (sa) prayed to Allah (swt) to increase Anas in wealth and to bless Urwah in his business dealings (Tirmidhi), describing as excellent the wealth of a Muslim, which is earned and spent righteously. (Bukhari) Another Hadeeth declares: “Whoever loves that he be granted more wealth and that his lease of life be prolonged, he should keep good relations with his kith and kin.” (Bukhari)