Profit and Wealth in Islam

The Quran has several verses that address the issue of profit and wealth. In general, the Quran views wealth as a blessing from Allah ﷻ and encourages individuals to use their wealth in a responsible and ethical manner. In the Quran, Allah ﷻ teaches that wealth should be acquired through lawful means and used to help those in need and to support the community. In addition, Allah ﷻ warns against excessive accumulation of wealth and hoarding of resources, as this goes against the principles of fairness and justice.

For example, in Surah Al-Hashr, Chapter 59, Verse 7, Allah ﷻ says, “Whatever gains God has restored to His Messenger from the villages’ inhabitants belongs to God, the Messenger, the relatives, the orphans, the needy, and to the wayfarer; so that it may not circulate mainly between the wealthy among you.”

This verse stresses the importance of using wealth for the betterment of the community, rather than just for personal gain.

In summary, Islam advocates for the responsible and ethical use of wealth, and encourages individuals to use their wealth for the benefit of others and the community as a whole, so that wealth may become a blessing for people and not a source of problems.

Paul Salahuddin Armstrong.

Quran translation by Dr Safi Kaskas.

Image: Ferengi contemplating the Quran and if there’s a better way than Rules of Acquisition, by Paul Salahuddin Armstrong.

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