So you want more money. Well in order to change your current financial situation you MUST first understand, accept, and apply the all important laws set by Allah SWT when it comes to changing anything about your life. One of the most important laws is stated in the Quran as follows “…Allah does not change a people’s lot unless they change what is in their hearts…”(13:11) This law created by Allah SWT basically tells us that if we do not like something in our life and want Allah’s help in changing it, we must first change what is “in our hearts”, which is basically our core thoughts, thought patterns, and beliefs around the issue. Therefore, in order to change the physical and tangible reality of money in your life you must first change how you think and feel about money. At first it may seem absurd that thoughts could have anything to do with actual money but if you have patience and open heart God willing you will see the truth soon enough.
Understand that everything in the physical tangible and seeable world is a direct result or “printout” of what is going on in the minds and thoughts of everyone in that world. Realize that thoughts lead to emotions which then compel us to act, and actions lead to physical results. Look at anything you want. For example, you watch a documentary on a doctor who does amazing work saving people’s lives by performing heart surgeries. That gets you thinking about what it would be like if you could save people’s lives by performing heart surgeries, which then lead to positive and elating emotions, which then compel you to find out what it takes to get to that position, and then because you are determined to be that heart surgeon you keep working to get through the necessary education and training and until finally by Allah’s grace and blessings, you are a heart surgeon. Becoming the heart surgeon was the effect and your thoughts and emotions were the cause.
This brings us to the next important law created by Allah SWT, which is the law of duality. Allah SWT has built everything as opposites such as male and female, light and dark, good and evil, up and down, cause and effect, pain and pleasure, and so on. Allah SWT says in the Quran “And He it is Who spread the earth and made in it firm mountains and rivers, and of all fruits He has made in it two kinds; He makes the night cover the day; most surely there are signs in this for a people who reflect.” (13:3) So keeping in mind the law of duality, know that just as there are outer laws to making money, there are inner laws to making money.
You must know that in order to stay firmly connected to Islam and Allah SWT, you MUST, I repeat MUST clarify your intentions behind why you desire more money. There must be no doubt in your heart and mind as to why you are in pursuit of more money. As you already know, Islam teaches us that there is no act without intention. So if someone gives a needy person a lot of money to show off to other people that act is rendered fruitless for that person because Allah knows his/her intentions were not to please HIM but to simply elevate that person’s status amongst his fellow men. So remember that before you ask for more money you should really think about and go as far as write down your reasons behind wanting more money.
Having said that, also remember that Allah SWT wants us to live a balanced life, so it does not mean you must intend to give away all your money to those less fortunate, but nor does it mean that you use it build several mansions for yourself and be a hoarder. You want to stay in the middle by sincerely desiring to give back a portion of the money whether it is through charity donations, investments that will benefit other people as well as you, or any other way to give back to those around you. As it is says in the Quran “Thus, have We made of you an Ummah justly balanced, that ye might be witnesses over the nations….”(2:143) I don’t need to but I will still remind you that you must sincerely from the core of your being intend something because you really cannot fool Allah SWT by just saying that you wish to give away 10% or 50% of your savings for charitable purposes. Also, it is worthwhile to write down exact numbers or percentages you intend to give back to the community because it is very likely that you will confuse or mix up the number you originally intend if you do not safely record it somewhere.
So what I want you to take from this piece is that you make your own life by acting on your thoughts and emotions, and that it is very important to consciously clarify your intentions behind why you desire more money.
To be continued…