My beloved people! Attaining wealth is good and we should work for it. It increases our quality of life. But we should not let our desire to attain wealth become our greatest and only priority in life. There are other things far more important than attaining wealth. We should instead seek life.


I Begin With The Name Of Allah, The Most Merciful, The One Who Bestows Mercy

Alhamdulillah! Indeed, all praise is due to Allah. We praise Him and seek His help and forgiveness. We seek refuge in Allah from our soul’s evils and our wrong doings. He whom Allah guides, no one can misguide; and he whom He misguides, no one can guide.

I bear witness that there is no god except Allah – alone without any partners. And I bear witness that Prophet Muhammad is His servant and Messenger.

O Allah, send prayers upon Muhammad and the followers of Muhammad, just as You sent prayers upon Ibrahim and upon the followers of Ibrahim. Verily you are full of praise and majesty. O Allah, send blessings upon Muhammad and upon the family of Muhammad, just as You sent blessings upon Ibrahim and upon the family of Ibrahim. Verily, You are full of praise and majesty.

Dear brothers and sisters! As you all know, everyone wants financial independence to enjoy life and do the things they love. Everyone wants to have piece of mind and not worry about making ends meet every day. We all want to have good things and enjoy life. Life is easier and more enjoyable when we can afford a car, a house, and other living essentials. Money can make our life easier and open opportunities that would not be possible without money. But mind you, money does not add happiness to an unhappy soul, nor does it guarantee happiness. In fact, money becomes a source of misery when it becomes our only objective in life.

Many of us are told everyday that life would be better if we had a better car, a bigger house, and more wealth. The list of aspirations never ends. Every day we hear the same message over and again; we need this or that. We need what we don’t have. Unfortunately many of us fall for this deceitful message. Money becomes our only objective in life. We exchange our religion, time, health, family and friends for the false promises that will leave us with nothing and bring nothing valuable to us. We postpone living by saving for our retirement years. We do nothing but work to increase our wealth. The ignorant financial planner is quick to tell us that we need to stop living now because its the only way to enjoy retirement. Oh yeah, the time when we can sit all day and enjoy the wealth we have accumulated. But will we enjoy it?

Respected brothers and sisters! Wealth can make us believe that the only thing that matters is wealth. It can corrupt our soul. We can become consumed by its desire for more. It results in doing nothing but working to gain more wealth. Wealth creates a feeling of independence and self-sufficiency. Wealth makes us believe that we don’t need anyone. We don’t even need Allah. In fact, wealth causes us to deny the existence of Allah all together. We become ardent believers that money can solve all our problems. In reality, wealth makes us selfish and hardens our hearts. It affects our spiritual life, as well as the physical one. It deceives us into thinking that we will take it all with us to the grave.

Wallahi, the desire for wealth and power can sometimes replace human morality and compassion. We become like robots only concerned with one thing and only; ourselves. We do not care about the wellbeing of other human beings. Our ultimate goal in life is to climb to the top, while stepping over other people and playing politics.

Wealth destroys character. Wealth creates arrogance. Wealth causes ignorance and intolerance. Wealth causes corruption. Wealth makes us lose faith in Allah. Wealth can lead to spiritual poverty. Wealth can lead to great sins. Wealth will cause us to lose the only life that matters in paradise in exchange for this worldly life.

One of the greatest dangers to man’s existence is the need for more wealth. It is why we have unnecessary wars, killings and massive corruption on earth. We have more wealth than we need in our short lives. In fact, we have far more resources than the current world population. We shouldn’t be that person who will spread unhappiness and corruption on earth. While the rich are fighting each other to climb to the top, we should remember to live and plan for our life in the hereafter. We should focus on the true purpose of life, which is give to the needy, and strive for the true life in the hereafter.

While the ignorant financial planner has advised you financially, I’m here to advice you on life. I’m here to tell you to live now and enjoy each moment. Yes, by all means, save and plan for the future but don’t neglect today. Today is the most important moment of your life. Wealth does not guarantee happiness, nor does it guarantee us health and life in the future. Nobody knows if they have a minute to live or many more years. Nobody knows if they will live pain-free or with chronic pain. Nobody knows if they will have anybody to enjoy the wealth they have accumulated with. The ignorant financial planner, very likely, is more concerned about his revenue than your well being and will advise you on what’s best for his interest.

My beloved people! Attaining wealth is good and we should work for it. It increases our quality of life. But we should not let our desire to attain wealth become our greatest and only priority in life. There are other things far more important than attaining wealth. We should instead seek life. We should focus on seeking love. Creating and being close to our families. Building a close relationship with Allah. Working on our spiritual development. Increasing our faith. Helping people in need. Doing something we are passionate about and being happy. Working towards the next life that matters. These are far more important than money. These things bring life and happiness to us. They revive the soul.

We must not become slaves to money. True freedom is working to live not living to work. We need to remember that Allah gave us life and promised to sustain us. Everything we have is from Allah and He will continue to provide for us. He gave us everything we need in plentiful quantities. As Allah says in the Glorius Qur’an:

“”And Allah is the Giver of Sustenance for all.” [Qur’an, 4: 85]

Allah has given everything to us now. We don’t need to wait until a later date to enjoy them. He gave us the ability to work today to sustain ourselves and our families, not to compete with the society. While many people attain wealth, they end up spending it taking care of their health. We want to spend our health living, not destroy it by attaining wealth. While we need to work, we don’t need to work just for the sake of wealth and joining the list of the most successful business people. Instead, we need to work for the sake of living. We need to attain the greatest wealth of life, which is the contentment of the soul.

Nobody knows what life has ahead of us. We do not want to waste our life by planning to live. We must therefore wake up from the deception of wealth that we have been trapped to believe in. We must live now. We must tell ourselves that we have everything we need today. I’m going to save for retirement. I’m going to plan for a future. But I will never stop living today in the hope of a better tomorrow. Today is promised, tomorrow is not. I chose to live today and prepare to be here tomorrow, Allah-willing.

All praise is due to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds. Peace and blessing be upon whom Allah sent as a mercy to the Worlds, upon his Family, his Companions and his Brothers till the Day of Resurrection.

Murtadha Muhammad Gusau is the Chief Imam of Nagazi-Uvete Jumu’ah and the late Alhaji Abdur-Rahman Okene’s Mosques, Okene, Kogi State, Nigeria. He can be reached via: gusaumurtada@gmail.com or +2348038289761.

This Jumu’ah Khutbah (Friday Sermon) was prepared for delivery today Friday, Ramadan 5, 1440 AH (May 10, 2019).