Friday, September 17, 2010

Surah-2 Al-Baqarah ~ Verse: 268-269

"In the name of Allah, the Merciful, the Compassionate!

Satan holds out to you the threat of poverty
and prompts you to adopt a shameless
niggardly conduct, but Allah holds out from Himself
the promise of pardon and bounty:
Allah is All-Embracing, All-Knowing.

He bestows wisdom upon anyone He wills,
and he who is given wisdom is in fact given
 great wealth,*1 but only those who have
common sense learn lessons from these things. "

(Surah-2 Al-Baqarah ~ Ayah-268-269)


*1- 'Wisdom' signifies sound perception and sound judgement.
The purpose of this statement is to point out that one who is
possessed of wisdom will follow Allah's path rather than 
that of Satan.

The followers of Satan believe that it is the height of wisdom
 and shrewdness to be constantly concerned with saving out 
of one's earnings, and to be perpetually on the look-out 
for higher income. But for those endowed with Divine 
perception such an attitude is sheer folly.

True wisdom consists in using one's resource moderately to
meet one's needs and in spending whatever is left for
charitable purposes. It may be possible for a person
who does not spend for charitable purposes to attain
a much greater degree of worldly prosperity than others.

The life of this world, however, is only a fraction of man's
total life which is not limited to the confines of this world.
One who risks the well-being of his eternal existence for
the sake of highly transient well-being in this world is
indeed a fool. The truly wise person is he who makes
full use of the tenure of this life and invests his resources
in prosperity in this life that will never cease.