The Prophets led wealthy lives
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ADNAN OKTAR: The Prophet Abraham (pbuh) was immensely wealthy. His wealthiness is clearly stated in the verse of the Quran. Likewise, it is also indicated in the 24:34-36 of the Book of Genesis in the Torah. "So he said, “I am Abraham’s servant. The Lord has blessed my master abundantly." In other words, he says, "The Almighty God has blessed the Prophet Abraham (pbuh) abundantly." "And he has become wealthy. He has given him sheep and cattle, silver and gold, male and female servants, and camels and donkeys. My master’s wife Sarah has borne him a son in her old age, and he has given him everything he owns" he says. The Book of Genesis, chapter 26: 12-13, "Isaac planted crops in that land and the same year reaped a hundredfold," God grants the land fertility. "Because the Lord blessed him. Isaac became rich, and his wealth continued to grow until he became very wealthy. Look, God does not say in the Torah "He became wealthy," He says, "He became very wealthy. He had so many flocks and herds and servants that..." There was a tribe named "the Philistines," an idol worshiping tribe of that era. "...the Philistines envied him." They envied whom? The Philistines envied the Prophet Isaac (pbuh). "Then Abimelek said to Isaac, “Move away from us; you have become too powerful for us.” Look, even in those times, the Jews were being forced into exile. Do you see this? The sons of Abraham (pbuh). Abimelek envies the Prophet Isaac's (pbuh) wealth. "Move away" he says. Where will they go? This is their own country, the land of their ancestors. In the Book of Genesis 30:43, the Prophet Jacob (pbuh), in other words the Prophet Israel (pbuh) is mentioned to be very wealthy as well. "In this way Jacob grew exceedingly prosperous and came to own large flocks, and female and male servants, and camels and donkeys." He had servants but these servants led really comfortable lives. He had concubines but these concubines lived like princesses. In other words, it was not as we know it. Donkey was the car of that era. It was really valuable. Do not underrate donkeys. Horses, sheep, goats; they were living a nomadic life. They had milk, butter in abundance. They had meat,they ate to their hearts content, masha'Allah.
In the 35th verse of the Surah Sad, the Prophet Solomon (pbuh) says, "My Lord, forgive me and give me a kingdom the like of which will never be granted to anyone after me." He asks from God wealthiness. "Truly You are the Ever-Giving." Almighty God even puts the jinni under his command. He grants the Prophet Solomon (pbuh) a marvelous technology. Surah Sad, 35. (Surah Sad, 39) I seek refuge in God from satan; "This is Our gift." "This is what I distribute among you" says God. "(O Solomon), so bestow it or withhold it without reckoning." Look, just like what Hazrat Mahdi (as) will do. "Hazrat Mahdi (as) will distribute his goods countlessly." Why he does so without counting his goods? Because, there is no such thing in the guardianship system of Islam. If one counts the goods he will give away, this is a sign of greed. You are handing out charity to the poor, why do you care about how much it weighs? Give, hand out as much as you can afford. Give as much clothes as one can carry. Give as much food as one can carry. Why do you weigh it? Why are you measuring it in grams? It is not befitting of the morals of Islam for one to weigh the goods to be handed out. One should hand them out in abundance. This is what the Quran points to by "without reckoning." "Do not estimate" says God. And the believers should not talk about how much goods they gave away or how much they distributed. They should distribute their goods to the poor abundantly.
In the 54-56th verses of the Surah Yusuf, God says, "We established Joseph in the land so he could live in any place he pleased." In other words, God granted Joseph wealth, prosperity, property, and faculty. "We grant Our grace to anyone We will and We do not allow to go to waste the wage of any people who do good," says Almighty God. This is the moral values of God.
Surah Sad, 32. The Prophet Solomon (pbuh), the blessed Prophet, says; "He said: "I have put the love of good things (or horses) above the remembrance of my Lord." All kinds of horses, birds, fish, pools adorned his palace and all those who gazed at his palace would praise God. Beauty is a reminder of God. This is why the Prophet Solomon (pbuh) had many exotic birds, parrots and monkeys brought to his palace. There were all kinds of monkeys, all kinds of birds. The birds were so populous that they could have their own country, so to speak. Thousands of bird species, singing their beautiful songs. His palace was available to the public. Those who visited it would feel more faithful and thankful towards God. People would roam the palace, appreciating its beauty. The Prophet Solomon (pbuh) had droves of servants in his employment for the mere purpose of taking care of the birds. He had the most beautiful horses, as well as many wild animals. He had all sorts of wild animals brought to his palace so that it would made people remember God more. He turned the palace into an exquisite place. He constructed a palace to emphasize the tastefulness, cleanliness, gracefulness, elegance, beauty and classiness of Muslims as well as their sense of art and aesthetic. He invited the public to his palace for them to behold what being a Muslim truly means. Being a Muslim is not only in name. There are some traditionalist Orthodox Muslims, whose houses smell like a barn. They live in empty, dreadful houses devoid of taste, quality, aesthetic, beauty and art. It is utterly empty. "They made for him (Solomon) anything he wished: high arches and statues," and paintings. God says "tamatheela" in the verse, meaning "symbolic." Statues and paintings. The whole palace is elegantly decorated; God says, "Huge dishes like cisterns, great built-in cooking vats." (Surah Saba', 13) There are huge pools, both decorative and for swimming. There are artificial pools that are pools only in appearance. Prophet Solomon (pbuh) uses them for the purpose of making jokes. For example, he invites the Queen of Sheba and tells her, "go ahead, step into the pool. "But when she [the Queen] saw it she supposed it to be a pool and bared her legs." (Surah an-Naml, 44) "She bared her legs," says God clearly in the verse.
Almighty God tells the Messenger of God (saas), "Your Lord will soon give to you and you will be satisfied." (Surah ad-Duha, 5) I seek refuge in God from satan. "Did He not find you orphaned and shelter you?" (Surah ad-Duha, 6) says God, and continues, "Did He not find you wandering and guide you?" (Surah ad-Duha, 7) "Did He not find you impoverished and enrich you?" (Surah ad-Duha, 8) Some say, "The Prophet (saas) had been rich when he was with Hazrat Khadija (ra), but later became poor." God says, "Did He not find you impoverished and enrich you?" Our Prophet (saas) was wealthy. Stop saying nonsense and mind what you are saying. God has granted him immense prosperity; herds of camels, sheep and horses. He had a vast wealth. God also granted him vast tracts of land in Fadak. Our Prophet (saas) was indeed rich.
God says in the 74th verse of Surah at-Tawba; "They were vindictive for no other cause than that God and His Messenger had enriched them from His bounty." The hypocrites who had been leading rich and comfortable lives thanks to the Prophet (saas) sought vengeance against the Prophet (saas). He had given them food and drinks, and all sorts of astonishingly elegant clothes. Look, God says that "The Messenger had enriched them." Our Prophet (saas) acquires wealth and then distributes it among these hypocrites. This drives hypocrites mad; they become vicious and start to bare enmity towards the Prophet (saas). And God says; "They were vindictive for no other cause than being rich thanks to the bounty you had granted them." There was no other reason. Of course, this becomes a sin, a separate sin. This is a grave immorality. Their wealth, the wealth granted to them by the Prophet (saas), drives them insane. It is the Prophet (saas) who provides them with wealth, food, caravans and animals.
In Surah al-Ahzab, 27, "He bequeathed their land, their houses and their wealth to you, and another land you had not yet trodden on," says God referring to Muslims. There was an astounding prosperity in the era of the Messenger of God (saas).
Imam al-Azam Abu Hanifa was wealthy beyond belief. All imams were wealthy. They would never make any money for their efforts for Islam. They paid from their own budget for the conversations they would attend. They would hand out money and food to people who visited mosques. To date, no Muslim scholars have made any money for their religious service.
"Among them there are some who find fault with you concerning the charity," says Almighty God in the 58th verse of Surah at-Tawba. "If they are given some of it, they are pleased but if they are not given any, they are angry," continues God. In other words, there were many decadent people in the time of our Prophet (saas). He led a life full of hardship. Our Prophet (saas) was indeed a man of exceptional merit. These are all great miracles in terms of personality traits. There are truths of faith hidden among the verses of the Qur'an. The creation of human personality is another miracle. For example, when people are given property, they overjoy. But when others are given property, it infuriates them regardless of the fact that they already lead pleasant lives. This, for example, is a miracle as well as a truth of faith, the fact that human nature is as astonishing and astounding as it is stated in the Qur'an.
The Prophet Jacob (pbuh) feels uncomfortable in crowded places. It is the same for Said Nursi as he says, "Crowds disconcert me." For example, people come in crowds to see him before he stands trial, and he says, I do not feel comfortable around crowds. I much prefer being alone." In Genesis, 25:27, God says; "...Jacob was content to stay at home among the tents," referring to the Prophet Jacob (pbuh), i.e. the Prophet Israel (pbuh). He led a tranquil life. The Prophet Isaac (pbuh) would never hold grudges. That was his characteristic. He even immediately held a feast for the people who priorly had banished him and his people from their country when they came to him with peaceful intentions. He would not persist if someone did not wish his company; he was a lenient person. "I was made to love solitude," says Said Nursi. He mostly led a solitary life.
"Meanwhile, Abimelek had come to him from Gerar, with Ahuzzath his personal adviser and Phicol the commander of his forces." The Prophet Isaac (pbuh) asked them, “Why have you come to me?" and says, "You treated me with clear hostility, as you admit to it yourselves. Besides, you even expelled me from your country. I am baffled as to why you would visit me?" They answered, “We saw clearly that the Lord is with you; so we said, 'Let us make a treaty with you that you will do us no harm, just as we did not harm you but always treated you well and sent you away peacefully. '" This time, it was their turn to hesitate. "And now you are blessed by the Lord.” "Isaac then made a feast for them, and they ate and drank. Early the next morning the men swore an oath to each other. Then Isaac sent them on their way, and they went away peacefully." Note that the Prophet Isaac (pbuh) always sought friendly relations with others, without any quarrels, fights or grudges. They would send him away from one country; he would comply and go to another, from where he would be expelled as well, which he would also meet with compliance. Thus he traveled many countries and faced many expulsions. But later, the same people who had expelled him summoned him, saying "You are a good person." But he was curious as to why they would summon him when they had constantly expelled before. He only wished to find out the reason why they were asking for him.
Isaac (pbuh) was an avid promoter of peace; a saintly person who always pursued reconciliation and went out of his own way to achieve it. He set up a tent and settled in the Gerar Valley. While Isaac's (pbuh) servants were digging a well in the valley, they discovered a source of fresh water. But the herders of Gerar quarreled with those of Isaac and said, “The water is ours!” So Isaac named the well Esek, because they disputed with him. Then they dug another well, but they quarreled over that one also; so he handed the well over to them and named it Sitnah. This continued so for a while until after Isaac dug another well, and no one quarreled over it. He named it Rehoboth, saying, “Now the Lord has given us room." The word 'Rehoboth' derives from the Arabic word "Rkhaot" which means 'complacency'. “Now the Lord has given us room and we will flourish in the land.” That night the Lord appeared to him," God projects a physical form, "and said, “I am the God of your father Abraham. Do not be afraid, for I am with you." (Genesis, 26:17-24) Prophets are frequently told to not be afraid. Because fear is a plague; one should fear nothing save God.
Our Prophet (saas) was exceptionally wealthy and prosperous, masha'Allah. He would host about 50 people at his house, whom he fed as well. For example, the companions would say: "O the Messenger of God, can you give me a sheep?" And our Prophet (saas) would grant them a herd. That is how wealthy he was. He would give dozens of sheep to those who would ask him for only one. Hazrat Mahdi (as) will do the same; he will distribute his possessions without reckoning, as God says in the verse, "Without reckoning." So believers should not count how much they give away, as it will only bring abundance in return.
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