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Narrations on the prohibition of amassing wealth

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Hadrat once said : Hadhrat Abu Zar Ghifari radiyallahu anhu regarded those ahadith on the prohibition of amassing wealth as general and applicable to all. The other sahabah believed that those ahadtih were specific to the ahl-e-suffah.

One sahabi of the ashab-e-suffah had passed away and a gold coin was found among his belongings. Nabi sallallahu `alayhi wasallam said, "A person owning one gold coin will be branded once by the fire of Jahannum and the person owning two gold coins will be branded twice by the fire of Jahannum."
Sahabah believed that this hadith only referred to the ashab-e-suffah who were not allowed to earn. A platform was built for them and this was their home. Feeding arrangements were made in this manner that the Ansar used to bring branches of dates and hang them in the musjid. Thereafter a sahabi of the ashab-e-suffah would take according to his needs and requirements.

Once, Nabi sallallahu `alayhi wasallam had come to them whilst they were sitting in a group. One of them was reciting the Qur'an and the rest were listening. Nabi sallallahu `alayhi wasallam sat amongst them and asked, "What are you doing?" They replied that they were reciting the Qur'an. At that time their condition was such that one of them only had one chadar (shawl), one of them only had one lungi; another only had a kurta to the extent that one sahabi did not even have sufficient clothing to cover his body. He used part of the clothing of another sahabi to cover himself.

These people did not have permission to keep any wealth with them. The majority of the sahabah understood this.

On the other hand Hadhrat Abu Zar Ghifari radiyallahu anhu believed that this law was general and applicable to everyone. It was for this reason that he was banned from speaking out about this.

In Sunan-e-Daarimi a it is reported that once Hadhrat Abu Zar Ghifari radiyallahu anhu was explaining masaa'il to people the middle jamarah (pillar that is pelted during Hajj). Somebody approached him and said, "You are explaining these masaail very comfortably and with a lot of enjoyment whereas you are banned from speaking."

Hadhrat Abu Zar Ghifari radiyallahu anhu replied, "If a sword is put to my neck to slay me and at I am able to show a mas'ala before I am slain then too I would show the mas'ala instead of trying to save my life."

Abu Zar was so firm that he eventually was asked to leave Madinah and settle in a place called Rabzah. He used to live here with his wife and one servant. Someone once came up to him and said, "I wish to serve you and derive benefit from you."

He replied, "There is one condition - just as we have certain conditions for admission into the madrasah – and it is that whenever I ask you to spend of my wealth then you are to immediately spend the best quality."

Once at the time of rain a group of people had settled around the water. Hadhrat Abu Zar Ghifari radiyallahu anhu sent his servant to inspect as to how many families were in that group. He then ordered him to slaughter a camel and cut the meat up into pieces in accordance with the number of families there and distribute it amongst those families. He also ordered him to keep one piece of meat for themselves.

As the servant brought the camel Hadhrat Abu Zar Ghifari radiyallahu anhu became greatly upset and said, "You had promised to always bring the best quality." The servant said, "I had initially taken out the best one but then the thought passed my mind that this camel is quite strong and you will need it as a maens of transport. So I brought the second best camel which is also quite strong but not as strong as the first."

Hadhrat Abu Zar Ghifari radiyallahu anhu said, "Listen! The day when I will be in need will be the day of qiyamah when nobody will be able to assist anybody else. I have absolutely no need in the dunya (world)."

(Hadrat then told me (the compiler), "Have you understood?")

The day that I will be in need will be in the aakhirah (hereafter). I have no need in the dunya. So will you people accept wholeheartedly that I have no need in the dunya? Will you then understand this to apply to all? 
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