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16 June 2019 CE | 13 Shawwal 1440 AH
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Hadith Explanation

Poor Enter First

The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “The poor Muslims are admitted into Jannah before their rich by half a day. And that is five hundred years.” [Jami at-Tirmidhi]

A day in the Hereafter will not be of the same duration as a day of this life. In this hadith we are informed that at the time that people are being admitted into Jannah, half a day will be equal to five hundred years; which means that one day will be equal to a thousand years.

Poor Muslims will enter Jannah five hundred years before rich Muslims do. They will begin to enjoy its blessings that much sooner. However, it is possible that a rich Muslim, though coming later, is admitted to a higher and better place in Jannah. Then why the delay?

If I go out of town and leave cash with one of my children, when I come back I will ask for an account of how it was spent. I will ask the child I gave it to, while the other children are busy enjoying the gifts I brought back for them. This child entrusted with the responsibility of managing the money, first has to give an account of how he discharged his duties.

Thus is the case of the rich Muslim compared to the poor Muslim. The rich Muslim must explain what he did with the wealth that Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) entrusted him with.

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