Sufyan athThawri (may Allah shower His mercy upon him) is a giant scholar from our history of knowledgeable giants that walked the face of this earth.
He passed away in the 2nd century, around 160 years after the migration of the final Messenger (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) from Makkah to Madeenah.
He lived in an age far different to the capitalist world filled with banks and digital money that we surf through today!
And during his humble age, I came across two eye opening statements of his as follows:
1. “If it was not for money (after Allah); the public would have used me (a scholar) to wipe their dirt!”
2. “In our time, wealth is the weapon of a believer.”
Subhanallah, these statements were said during the 2nd century of Islam, so what would be the reality of these statements in terms of the century we live in today, where greed is rampant, and money actually screams!
In my last telegram post I mentioned how some rich folks actually bully the scholars and become a test for a scholar.
And in a previous post (on Facebook) I spoke about the poor attitude some communities have towards their scholars, imams and students of knowledge.