Islamic Date17 Rabi‘ at-akhir
English Date14 December
Who Wants To Be Poor But Make Others Rich
Rasul Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said:
“Three things follow the bier of a dead man. Two of them come back and one is left with him. The members of his family and his wealth come back and his deeds alone are left with him.” [Muslim]
Once the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) asked if there were anybody who would like to make his inheritors wealthy and remain poor himself. This is not something anybody would desire. Then the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) explained that by accumulating wealth (and not spending it to gain Allah’s pleasure) we are simply leaving it behind for the people who will inherit it when we die, because our wealth does not follow us into our graves. While it is commendable to not leave our inheritors in want, yet nobody desires to be left needy while enriching others either. Therefore, since the only thing that can enrich us after our deaths are our good deeds, we must try to earn as much of them as possible by putting to good use the wealth that Allah has given us.