Three members from the tribe of Bani Abbas came to Nabi ﷺ and said that Ya Rasulullah ﷺ! We have heard Islam without hijrah is not accepted. If this is the case, can there be any blessings in our wealth and our cattle? We accepted Islam after the hijrah occurred and now we have cattle, will there ever be barakah (i.e. blessings)? If not, can we sell them, make hijrah and come back?
These were new Muslims accepting Islam, yet they had so much concern and were willing to sacrifice all their wealth. We are born Muslims, yet we bring so many unislamic practices into our businesses. Nowadays, if a lady comes to us to become our business partner, she wants to share an office and travel overseas together, what does shaytaan tell us? He tells us that see, it is obligatory to earn a living in Islam, plus, we have Islamic institutes that we need to continue donating to.
So under this influence of shaytaan, he travels with her on an aeroplane. He spends a week with her in China, lazing with her, away from home; their bedrooms are next door to each other. Is this not a recipe for disaster? If the local Maulana and Apa planned to go abroad together to sort some madrassa work out, we would consider it hugely inappropriate. When it comes to business why do we make excuses for it, as though it is permissible to break the commands of Allah for the sake of earning?
Can there be any barakah in such a business? Barakah is not a lot of wealth. Barakah is having little but deriving much benefit from that. Sometimes, a man thinks he is earning money, he thinks he is really well off. But there is no peace in his life, there is no joy due to problems with children or disputes. These problems in our lives can be due to a lack of barakah.
I was thinking yesterday that anyone who comes to me with a business dispute, I will just instruct them to go to the Jamiat office or a mufti. Because I have realised, when it comes to other problems people are prepared to take heed of any advice imparted. But business? People are not prepared to listen; some people are just so crazy for money! In a dispute someone will be wrong and someone will be right. Either we come to a compromise or the wrong party will have to take a knock on his business. But often people do not want this, their mentality is – I must not lose a single dime. If the Maulana goes against me, he must be dodgy. As for me? No, I will not compromise. This is the common mentality.
Whereas these Sahaaba رضي الله عنهم we are talking about, they are coming in 10AH and meeting Nabi ﷺ for the first time ever. Yet, they are prepared to get rid of all their wealth to make hijrah and be with Nabi ﷺ. When this is the quality of the Imaan of the people who are accepting deen in 10AH, what will be the quality of the childhood friend, who lived all his life with Nabi ﷺ? And what would be the quality of the Imaan of his daughter? I am referring to Abu Bakr رضي الله عنه here.
And Umar رضي الله عنه, his accepting Islam was due to the dua of Nabi ﷺ, what would be the quality of His Imaan? These people came at 10AH, and in the very first meeting with Nabi ﷺ they are prepared to lose everything. Imagine the piety of those who were nurtured in company of Nabi ﷺ.
In response to their question, Nabi ﷺ replied that fear Allah wherever you may be. Fath-e-Makkah (I.e. The time for hijrah) has taken place already so do not worry. You do not need to make hijrah rather stay where you are and Allah will not reduce your cattle.
And in this advice of Nabi ﷺ, lies a great lesson for us. We too must fear Allah in our business dealings by not allowing love for wealth to control us. Shariah is not just for Maulanas, it is for everyone including business owners. We must all follow this Shariah otherwise we will be deprived of barakah in our lives. Then we will have no one to blame, except ourselves.
May Allah remove the love for wealth from our hearts Aameen.
— Hazrat Ml. Dawood Seedat حفظه الله