As a Muslim living in the West, it is easy to fall into a busy lifestyle. Go to school so you can get a job, get a job so you can work, work so you can have money to enjoy life. As Muslims, we know our purpose in life is to worship Allah, financially strong
“And I did not create the jinn and mankind except to worship Me.”(51:56).
But what does that mean? Does that mean we quit our jobs and worship Allah through prayer and fasts all day, every day? An extreme example and I know many of you would disagree with this. But what about that looming questions,
“Am I allowed to enjoy the money I earn or is that following the pleasures of worldly life?
What should the vision be behind earning and to be financially strong as a Muslim?
As we know, our purpose in life is to worship Allah. When we say the word worship, we usually think of fasting, praying, reciting Quran, etc. but the term worship here is not limited to those things. Doing our best to live by the commandments of Allah (SWT) and staying away from what He has made a haram is an act of worship. Therefore, working honestly and earning a halal income can be considered a form of prayer and it helps you to be financially strong in a positive way. Secondly, Rizq (provision) comes from Allah (SWT). The Rizq that written for you will never escape you,
“And Allah gives provision to whom He wills without account.” (24:38).
In this way, there is no clash between the desire to be financially stable and Islam. Islam is a balanced religion. Just know that Allah (SWT) is the Provider and that you will always, without a doubt, obtain the Rizq that decreed for you by Allah (SWT). If you are a workaholic and struggle with the work/life balance, maybe that realization will help you. The vision of being financially stable should thus be to continue and improve your acts of worship.
- Increase your charity,
- save up for Umrah/Hajj,
- take time off in the last ten days of Ramadan, etc.
Rizq is a blessing from Allah, and it is something that Allah will hold you accountable. Therefore, it is necessary that as Muslims we try to be financially strong and strike a balance between our spending of His blessing and not spend unnecessarily as that is a sign of ungratefulness. Allah says in the Quran,
“Indeed, the wasteful are brothers of the devils, and ever has Satan been to his Lord ungrateful.” (17:27).
So, as a Muslim one should spend appropriately and trust Allah to provide for Him through his/her hard work. Share your thoughts/viewpoints or questions with us on this topic in the comments section below.