The story of the Qur’an

Allaah created the world and put many things in it for the enjoyment of mankind. He subjected them to us so that we can enjoy them, those things ordinarily are dangerous could not handle them if we were left alone with without His help. Allaah says;

"He It Is Who created for you all that is on earth." [Q 2: 29].

In another verse Allaah says,

"Eat of the Tayylbat [good lawful things] wherewith We have provided you, and commit no transgression or oppression therein, lest My Anger should justly descend on you. And he whom My Anger descends, he is indeed Perished" [Q 20:81].

Also, He says;

"And indeed We have indeed honoured the children of Adam, and Wehave carried them on land and sea, and provided them with At-Tayyibat [lawful good things], and have preferred them and many of those whom We have created with a marked preferment "[Q 17:70]

From the above verses we can see that Allaah has preferred us mankind above every of his creatures, especially with the provisions that He given to us

However these things that he has provided us won’t just come to us while we are sitting in our house. Reclining on our chairs, playing games or sleeping in you beds, in other words, we have to work hard to earn those things the degree of the work is what varies from one person to another.

Some people, Allaah will make them work very hard before they can earn a comfortable life, some others will work not so hard and they will get whatever they want, some people will work very hard and at the end of the day they will barely make what will sustain them. This is done with the justice of Allah and he has a reason for doing what he has done. Allah says:

“is it they who would portion out the mercy of your lord?  It is  we who portion out between them their livelihood in this world, and we raised some of them above others in their ranks, so that some may employ others in their work. But the mercy (paradise) of your lord (o Muhammad) is better than the wealth of this world which they amass. (Q43:32)

How do we seek for wealth?

A Muslim should seek every permissible means to get his provision. He may choose to go to school and get eeducated as much as possible so as to be enlightened and also get a good job as a result of that. He may also choose to learn a skill with which he will benefit the people and get paid or it. Other things that he can do are to engage in trading and manual labour among others.

Do not be like Qarun'

Being wealthy is not wholly because of hard work of intelligence rather it is more from the grace of Allaah than any other thing. Therefore, we should be grateful to Him and not look at ourselves as independent of Him. It IS only Allaah that is independent of any being. Every other being is totally dependent on Him. Allaah says;

"0 mankind! It is you who stand in need of Allaah. But AIlaah is Rich {Free of all need} Worthy of all praise." [Q 35:15].

Wealthy or not, the Muslim should not be like Qarun who Allaah endowed with wealth but thought himself independent of Allaah and became arrogant.

Qarun lived at the time of Prophet Musa (peace be upon him) and it was said he was a paternal cousin to Prophet Musa [peace be upon him]. He was a very intelligent person. A person that most people would call a genius. He was called “An-Nur" (the light) for he had a melodious voice while reciting the Torah (Taurat), but he became a hypocrite just like As-Samiri who became a hypocrite too. At a point in time in his life, Allaah blessed him with so much wealth; so much that the keys to the treasures that he Possessed would be a burden to a body of strong men. Allaah says;

"And We gave him of the treasures that of which the keys would have been a burden to a body of strong men."[Q 28:76] 

My intelligence

Instead of Qarun to be grateful to Allaah for the bounties that he has bestowed on him, he became arrogant and ungrateful to Allaah on the land. He saw what he possessed [his wealth and intelligence] as his own doing and he did not attribute them to Allaah: the one who is truly independent.

When the good people around him saw arrogance in Qarun they advised him thus;

Do not exult [with riches, being ungrateful to Allah]. Verily, Allah likes not those who exult [With riches, being ungrateful to Allaah]. But seek with that [wealth] which has bestowed on you, the home of the Hereafter, and forget not your portion of lawful enjoyment in this world; and do good as allah has been to you and seek not mischief in the land" Allaah likes not the Mufsidun [those great crimes and sins, oppressors, tyrants, mischief makers etc.]" He {Qarun] said; "This has been given to me only because of the knowledge I possess". [28:76-78]

Qarun went about the town displaying his wealth and riches so much so that his way of life started attracting the ignorant people and they wished they had wealth like him. He never thought that he would be returned to Allaah one day and he would be called to account for his wealth. Allaah says;

"So he [Qarun] went before his people In his pomp. Those who were desirous of the life of this world, said: “Ah, would that we have had the like of What Qarun has been given! Verily he is the owner of great fortune. But those who had been given [religious] knowledge said: “woe to you! The reward of Allah [in the hereafter] is better for those who believe and do righteous good deeds, and this none shall attain except those who are As-Sabirun [the patient in following the truth].” (Q28:79-90)

It was also said that he stopped observing his salah regularly as a result of his wealth. One the prophet (peace be upon him) remembered the prayer and said:

“he who observes it regularly and properly, it will be light, evidence and salvation for him on the day of resurrection. And, he who does not observe it regularly, there will neither be for him light, nor evidence, nor salvation and on the day of resurrection, he will be [gathered] with Qarun, Fir’aun (pharaoh), Haman and Ubayy bn khalaf” [Ahmad].

He transgressed and was punished In spite of all that Allah had given him, he still went ahead to transgress against the law of Allaah by wanting to humiliate the Prophet Musa (peace be upon him). Narrated Ibn 'Abbas (RA) Qarun gave a prostitute a sum of money to say to Musa (Peace be upon him) While he is accompanied with other people that he (Musa) committed adultery with her. It is said that she did it and consequently, Musa (peace be upon him) trembled with fear and he performed two rak' ahs (bowing in prayer) and then said to her: By Allaah! Tell me, who hired you to do this? She said: It was Qarun who hired me to do that. Then, she sought AIlaah's forgiveness and repented to Him. Upon that, he (Musa (peace be upon him)) prostrated himself and invoked Allaah against Qarun. AIIaah, the Almighty revealed to him that He subjugated the earth to obey him. Musa (peace be upon him) commanded the earth to swallow Qarun and his dwelling place. And it was.

Allaah, the Almighty says:

”so, we caused the earth to swallow him and his dwelling place. Then, he had no group or party to help him against AIlaah, nor was he one of those Who could save themselves'·{29:81)

Imam AI-Bukhari transmitted that, Allaah's prophet (Peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said:

'While a man was walking, clad in a two-piece garment and proud of himself with his hair well-combed, suddenly Allaah made him sink into the earth and he will go on sinking into it till the Day of Resurrection. " (Bukhari)

It was narrated from Qatadah that he said: "They would sink into the earth till the Day of Resurrection.· Ibn 'Abbas (RA) said: "They sank into the earth till they reached the seventh earth." Allaah the Almighty says:

"Then he had no group or party to help him against AI/aah, nor was he one of those who could save themselves",

i.e. he could not help himself or get help from others.

AIIaah the Almighty says: "Then he will have no power, nor any helper". (Q 86:10) 

When the people saw what happened to Qarun and his treasures of sinking into the earth and complete destruction, those who had Desired for a position like his position the day before regretted and. thanked Allaah the Almighty saying

"Had it not been that Allaah was Gracious to us, He could have caused the earth to swallow us up (also) Know you not that the disbelievers will never be successful'. (Q28:82]

The Home of The Hereafter is Better

Then, Allaah the Almighty informs us that

" That home of the Hereafter" I.e. Paradise is prepared only for those "who rebel not against the truth with pride and oppression in the land nor do mischief by committing crimes" and then He says: "And the good end is for the Muttaqun (the pious and righteous persons) ". (Q 20: 132) 

Benefits from the story of Qar'un

1.Success is only from Allaah. We human beings only strive but with AIlaah lies the eventual success of what we do.

2. We should always be grateful to Allaah for whatever we achieve in life. This is because there are a lot of people who can work harder and are more intelligent than we are but AIlaah did not give them the success that have. .

 3. We should never be arrogant

4. Whatever we have in this world should be used to achieve the good of the Hereafter.

5. Whatever we have should not stop us from the remembrance of Allaah

May Allaah give us a goodly provision in this world and make us achieve the good of the Hereafter with it.

"Our Lord! Give us in this world that which is good and in the Hereafter that which is good, and save us from the torment of the Fire!"[Q 2:201]

This article was culled from the publications of Deen Communication Limited

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