Assalaamu alaykum warahmatullahi wabaraktuhu,
Question: We always hear the common saying ‘wealth is evil’. Is a rich Muslim a bad thing?
In Islam wealth is not considered evil in and of itself, but Its praiseworthy or evil status is dependent on the heart and hand of it’s owner, and the manner in which it is aquired and spent. There are several evidences from our Islamic sources that substantiate the above. From them are the following considerations:
1. The many Qur’aanic and prophetic injunctions related to trade and finance. Had wealth been inheritantly evil; Islam would have not gone the distance in detailing the dos and dont’s of these arenas.
2. The Messenger (SAW) traded and inspired us to earn citing for us, in a praiseworthy manner, how he was a shephard during his early life.