Hadith on Wealth: The Fitnah of Wealth in the Ummah

📖Jami` at-Tirmidhi 2336
Ka’b bin ‘Iyad narrated that the Prophet (s.a.w) said: “Indeed there is a fitnah for every Ummah, and the Fitnah for my Ummah is wealth.”

  • This hadith is referring to the fact that each community or nation faces its own challenges or tests, and for the Muslim community specifically, one of the major trials or temptations they will face is the pursuit and accumulation of wealth. The term “fitnah” here implies that wealth can become a source of distraction, obsession, or corruption for individuals and society. The hadith serves as a reminder for Muslims to be mindful of the potential pitfalls associated with wealth. While wealth itself is not inherently bad, it can lead to various spiritual, moral, and social challenges if not approached with caution and in accordance with Islamic principles. The pursuit of wealth should not overshadow one’s religious obligations, such as worshiping Allah, establishing justice, and taking care of the needs of others. Muslims are encouraged to strike a balance between worldly pursuits and spiritual well-being, ensuring that their wealth is acquired through lawful means and used in a manner that aligns with Islamic teachings, such as giving charity, supporting the needy, and fulfilling the rights of others.