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Asking for more money than one’s relatives

Fatwaa ID: 1232

Asalam alaykum
Is it a sin for a person to ask for more money then his relatives and friends and family during supplications. Basically asking Allah to get ahead of his family friends and relatives with regards to wealth and even other blessings such as more children, better house, more success,?

In the Name of Allaah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
As-salaamu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullaahi wa-barakaatuh.

Dear brother,
The question above indicates towards jealousy and excessive love for the Dunya and wealth. Likewise, there is a sense of pride and showing off. These are reprehensible and prohibited qualities that lead to the decline of a person. These qualities divert one from his true goals and priorities. They are spiritual maladies that one needs to work on and get rid of.

It is important to understand that we are not in a competition. The Dunya is not worth anything in the Eyes of Allaah Ta’aala. It is worthless. You will only get what has been decreed for you. You will not get even a single cent more than what has been allotted to you by Allaah Ta’aala. Wealth is such that the more you get, the more you will want and desire. At the end, you will have to leave behind everything.

Getting ahead of others by having more than them will not bring you happiness. Wealth does not bring true happiness. More often than not, it brings about worries and problems. This is in this world and in the Hereafter. The more a person has, the more rigorous and difficult his accounting will be on the Day of Judgment. A person will have to account for each and every cent that he has, in regards to how he acquired it and how he spent it. Hence, a person with less wealth will be able to enter Jannah earlier than the one who had more.

Rasulullaah ﷺ advised us that a person will not be a true believer until he loves for his brother what he loves for himself. Just as you love prosperity and abundance of wealth, you should love for your relatives and friends the same. You should make du’aa for them to be blessed with that as well. When you make du’aa for others in their absence, the angels make du’aa for you to be blessed with the same.

A person should make du’aa for barakah and divine goodness in whatever Allaah Ta’aala has given him. He should make du’aa that Allaah Ta’aala keeps him content and that he grants ‘aafiyah. That is true happiness and bliss.

And Allaah Ta’aala knows best.
Mufti Muajul I. Chowdhury
Darul Iftaa New York

11/11/1444 AH – 05/31/2023 CE | AMG1-3118

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