The Mentality of Qarun - 30 Verses For 30 Days 20/30

Salamun alaykum, dear brothers and sisters, and welcome to another Tafsir clip in this month of Ramadan. Today InshaAllah will be the 20th clip of this month of Ramadan, and we will be discussing a verse of the Quran that was revealed, describing the situation that Qarun had, this individual who was wealthy, and he became very very stingy. And we know that the Quran speaks about the story of Qarun.

But when you look at the conversation that Musa, alayhi as-salam, is having with Qarun, you find that in the midst of this conversation, at one point, Qarun says one line, and this one line is very telling in terms of the mindset, and the mentality that he had when it came to acquiring his wealth. And this is a mindset that many of us at times will also have as well. So what was this mentality and this mindset?

Let's go to versus 78, 77 and 78 from Surat ul-Qasas. Allah says that Musa, alayhi as-salam used to tell Qarun: "Wabtaghi feema aataka Allahu ad-Dar al-Akhirah" (28:77), amongst the things, amongst the wealth that you have, also invest in your Akhirah. "Wa la tansa naseebaka min ad-Dunya" (28:77), and also keep a little bit of it for your Dunya. So, you know, send some of it forward for yourself. Keep and enjoy some of it here.

As Musa is telling him these things, Qarun comes back with this one line in verse 78. He says: listen, "Qala innama uteetuhoo 'ala 'ilmin 'andih" (28:78), he says listen, if I have all of this wealth and I was able to acquire and gather all of it, I don't have to give any of it to anybody, including God himself. Why? Because "innama uteetuhoo 'ala 'ilmin 'andih"(28:78), because I was able to gather all of this wealth based on my own knowledge. I was able to do things. I was able to move things around. I was able to invest. Yes.

I was able to get things done. This is the result of my own deeds, my own actions, my own hard work. So now Allah wants to come and ask me for all these things? I worked hard for this money! This mentality that Qarun had, of course, we know that it is wrong. But the reason why it's wrong is what we want to delve into.

Number one, what Qarun is forgetting here is that the tools that he is using in order to achieve this wealth are tools that Allah, Subhana wa Ta'ala, has granted to him. Yes, someone might sit there, including you and me. We might say, you know what, I worked hard, I studied, I got a degree, for example, I got into this career. True, all of that is true. But the reality is that all the tools that you used in order to do those things Allah, Subhana wa Ta'ala, had granted to you, the mind of yours that absorbs this knowledge, the hands of yours, whatever you use to take care of your job, those are things Allah, Subhana wa Ta'ala, granted to you. So, that portion of the credit you can't keep to yourself 100%, you have to give Allah, Subhana wa Ta'ala, credit there. That's number one.

Number two, is that even if the tools were your own, the fact that Allah, Subhana wa Ta'ala, allowed for your hard work to come back with the proper results, this means you have to give Him credit there as well. You might say, well, I put in the hard work and the results come. No, that's not necessarily true. A lot of times people put in a lot of hard work and the results don't necessarily show up. It's very clear in the world of business so many businesses go out of business a lot of times, right? So they're putting in hard work too.

So when you have come across that result or that wealth, number one, you have to remember the tools you are using, Allah, Subhana wa Ta'ala, gave to you: the intellect, the IQ, whatever it is, the skills you have that's number one. Number two, the fact that when you use those tools, it was accompanied by results. And the results are not always guaranteed.

Many people work hard. The results are not necessarily there every single time. If the results are there, then that is the work of Allah, Subhana wa Ta'ala, blessing your work with those results as well. It's okay for the human being to take some credit, to say, I put in hard work. No problem. "Wa an laisa li 'l-insaani illa ma sa'aa"(53:39), "the human being has nothing but his effort ".

But it is wrong to assume everything came from you. And this is why when Allah, Subhana wa Ta'ala, asks you for your wealth, you and I can no longer hold back, because He is the One who gave us the ability to acquire that wealth, to begin with.
 

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