It is not any sin to be rich
But it is sin when the rich does not offer the due (Zakat) alms out of his surplus money, and it is a sin to withhold the money from the poor, the needy, orphans and widows when they are in need.
Moreover, the rich has to be grateful to God for He bestowed on him such wealth; but it is a sin if the rich does not thank his Lord for his bounty.
In addition, the rich should not be proud with his wealth, nor neglect in his duties to his relatives and other people.
The rich should bear in mind that the wealth that he has is only a matter of trial to see will he be grateful and expend for the sake of God for the poor and the needy? Or will he be ungrateful and deprive the needy of their rights and be independent of God and His apostles and His revealed books: the Torah, the Gospel and the Quran.
Some of the rich think that he is preferred by God, and God loves him, therefore, He blessed him with his wealth; but this is wrong: God does not love this man, so that He made him rich, as does not He hate that man, so He made him poor. But all that is only a matter of trial.
This is in the Quran 89: 15-
فَأَمَّا الْإِنسَانُ إِذَا مَا ابْتَلَاهُ رَبُّهُ فَأَكْرَمَهُ وَنَعَّمَهُ فَيَقُولُ رَبِّي أَكْرَمَنِ . وَأَمَّا إِذَا مَا ابْتَلَاهُ فَقَدَرَ عَلَيْهِ رِزْقَهُ فَيَقُولُ رَبِّي أَهَانَنِ . كَلَّا بَل لَّا تُكْرِمُونَ الْيَتِيمَ . وَلَا تَحَاضُّونَ عَلَى طَعَامِ الْمِسْكِينِ . وَتَأْكُلُونَ التُّرَاثَ أَكْلًا لَّمًّا . وَتُحِبُّونَ الْمَالَ حُبًّا جَمًّا
As for man: whenever his Lord tries him by being Generous to him [with wealth] and blessing him [with many favors], then he says: "My Lord has honored me [because He prefers me.]
But when He tries him [with poverty] and stints for him his provision, then he says: "Surely my Lord has despised me [because he hates me.]"
No, [We do not like the man whom We enrich, nor do We hate the man for whom We stint the provision, but We only try them by the richness and poverty];
but [We hate those among] you:
[who are miser and do not honor the orphan.
And [We hate that] you do not urge [people] on the feeding of the needy.
>> And [that] you endeavor [the annual income of] the heritage successively [without paying alms to the poor.]
>> And [that] you love [hording] the wealth with an ardent love.
Not at all; [for the endeavoring of the heritage does not prolong life, nor does hording of the wealth save man from God's punishment;
but it is the honoring of the orphans that prolongs life and the paying of alms to the poor and needy saves from the punishment.]
In addition, the wealth may hinder man from devoting himself to God alone and from working for the prosperity in the kingdom of heaven in the next afterlife;
as is this understood from the rich man with Prophet Jesus, when Jesus said concerning him: as in the Gospel according to Matthew 19: 23-24
"23 Jesus said to his disciples, "Most assuredly I say to you, a rich man will enter into the Kingdom of Heaven with difficulty.
24 Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through a needle's eye, than for a rich man to enter into the Kingdom of God."
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