19. A Call to Businessmen
As for you, O businessmen! Fear Allah swt with regard to yourselves, and do not sell your Hereafter in return for your wordly life. Have you paid off those debts, the owners of which are urging you to repay, before venturing into another business deal? before expanding into new projects, have you fulfilled all the rights in connection ot previous ones?
Do you not know that you are gathering sins for the sake of something superificial and temporary? What will you wealth do for you on
"The day when neither wealth nor sons will avail
Except for him who brings to Allah a clean heart" (26:88-9)
How strange it is to see someone who has enough wealth to suffice himself, his family qand his offspring, probably for thousands of years if they were to live that long, spending his time greedily running after shortlived vanities and by that missing most congregational prayers and many obligations.
Remember, whilst you act in this manner the saying of the Messenger (saw)
"Never does the sun rise without two angels having been sent at either side of it, calling out, causing all the inhabitants of the eath to hear except humans beings and jinns, "O People! Draw near to your Lord (by spending in chairty) for that which is little yet suffices is better than that which is abundant but causes distraction". Never does the sun set without two angels having been sent at either side of it calling out, causing all the inhabitants of the earth to hear except human beings and jinns, "O Allah! grant succession (of wealth) to he who spends (in charity) and grant ruin to he who holds back his wealth" (Ahmad, Ibn Hibbaan)