Monday 2 May 2022

The Filled Coffers - yet Man will be Empty Handed

At many a places man has been warned to be in loss, but man who is so absolved in his worldly pursuits never cares to listen to what is being said to him and what alarming bells are ringing around him. The men in loss are those who are so engrossed in amassing wealth that despite having dumped wealth that cannot even be counted, his lust for more never diminishes. But has man ever thought whether this wealth be of any avail to him when the final hours strike?

Qarun was a wealth man of ancient times and it is said the mere keys of his coffers were transported on seventy camels, yet he never cared for the poor and his greed for more made him arrogant and boastful. Then one day a calamity struck and all camels got buried in the sand and all his wealth disappeared. 

A few days back I saw a number of photos of the wealth left behind by a rich man. In his coffers the gold bars were stacked on shelves as biscuits are in any confectionary shop. Now that he has gone, his wealth is no avail to him. He went into the grave empty handed and will appear before God empty handed for he only amassed wealth and not virtues. Yet there is a living man today who has amassed so many cars that even he drives one car daily the present armada of cars will take twenty years to reach to the end.

Allah has warned such people and told them that have they ever thought what will his wealth avail him when he falls, that is when he died? We share the 11th verse of Surah 92. Al Layl (The Night) which cautions the wealthy and rich of same warning:

 وَمَا يُغْنِي عَنْهُ مَالُهُ إِذَا تَرَدَّىٰ 
( 11 )   And what will his wealth avail him when he falls?
In other words it means that he has to die one day and leave behind in the world whatever he had amassed for his ease and enjoyment. If he did not earn and send forward something for the Hereafter, what would this wealth avail him? He will not take his palatial residence, his majestic conveyance, his property and wealth into the grave.

Yusuf Ali Explanation:
Wealth amassed in this world will be of no use at the Day of Final Judgment, nor will any material advantages of this life bring profit by themselves in the Hereafter. What will count will be a life of truth and righteousness, and of goodness to all the creatures of Allah.

So my dear sisters and brothers, take stock of your coffers and spend them in the name of Allah and make these spendings good loan to Allah so that when the hour of judgement comes, these loans come handy in your forgiveness. 

May Allah help us understand Qur'ān and help us to act upon the commandments of Allah contained therein. Aameen.

For more Selected Verses, please refer to our reference page: Selected Verses from the Qur'anYou may also refer to our Reference Pages for knowing more about Islam and Qur'ān.
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Reading the Qur'ān should be a daily obligation of a Muslim - Reading it with translation will make it meaningful. But reading its Exegesis / Tafsir will make you understand it fully.

An effort has been made to gather explanation / exegesis of the surahs of the Qur'ān from authentic sources and then present a least possible condensed explanation of the surah. In that the exegesis of the chapters of the Quran is mainly based on the "Tafhim al-Qur'an - The Meaning of the Qur'an" by one of the most enlightened scholars of the Muslim World Sayyid Abul Ala Maududi.  
In order to augment and add more explanation as already provided, additional input has been interjected from following sources: 
  • Towards Understanding the Quran
  • Tafsir Ibn Khatir
  • Muhammad Asad Translation
  • Javed Ahmad Ghamidi / Al Mawrid
  • Al-Quran, Yusuf Ali Translation
  • Verse by Verse Qur'an Study Circle
In addition the references of other sources which have been explored have also been given above. Those desirous of detailed explanations and tafsir (exegesis), may refer to these sites.

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