I haven’t been blogging for a while. Mostly because I was overthinking my blog posts and ending up not writing anything at all. So this post isn’t thoroughly thought through. It’s just what’s currently on my mind: some things I was reminded of about money these past few days, being in the company of wonderful, wealthy people who came here to Egypt for a wedding.
1. Money doesn’t buy peace of mind
A beautiful, well-to-do mum was physically present but not at ease because she’s worried sick about her children at home, including a little one and another one who she was informed who fell ill, and was struggling to get more details about him. I reminded her to leave them in Allah’s hands.
There are some things that money can’t buy: peace of mind, for starters, and lean muscle mass. Neither the Queen of England nor the founder of Microsoft can put in an order for either one.
2. Money doesn’t buy health
One of the sisters related to me about her daughter who couldn’t write her honours exams because she got really sick while she was pregnant, so she had to redo her honours. Money doesn’t make you immune to illness, no matter how well you are able to eat and take care of yourself.
Money can pay fees at the hospital but it can’t buy you health.
3. Money can’t reverse age
There were elderly ladies who couldn’t walk unassisted, and couldn’t go to the toilet alone. Money can help definitely provide comfort, but can’t change physique. It’s in Allah’s Wisdom that He made us have to age, to remind us to turn to Him; and that this world doesn’t last forever.Imam Ali (a.s.) said, ‘Old age suffices as a warning.’
4. The bugs don’t care how wealthy you are
No matter how idyllic the setting, how perfect the weather, how scrumptious the food you’re enjoying, the insects biting you can still kill your vibe, and there’s nothing you can do about it. The insects can’t differentiate between people.
5. Wealth doesn’t have to mean money
I had an “aha” moment in my hotel room while I was teaching an online student. “I’m wealthy” I thought to myself. “I’m actually wealthy.” I didn’t consider myself wealthy because I’m not rich in monetary value. I mean, who wouldn’t love to be able to afford whatever they want, whenever they want? Although I’m not a materialistic person, I believe there’s nothing wrong with being wealthy, and I aspire to financial wealth. For our own comfort as well as to give, especially to Islamic institutes that deserve the world for what they do. But in that moment, I reminded myself how fortunate I am to be able to teach wherever I am, in addition to be being a Qur’an teacher. Not everyone has this honour and privilege, and it’s definitely something money can’t buy. Allāh SWT chooses whom He wills.
May Allah (SWT) accept me for His service, accept from me, and grant it to count in my favour, and never against me. I ask His forgiveness for my weaknesses and shortcomings and beg Him to keep on choosing me. May He keep me on this path and only increase me, and us all. Aameen.