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Is Wealth important in Islam?

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Or in other words, are you pleasing the Trading Gods?

The human spirit is driven by an innate yearning to make a meaningful impact upon the world, to leave a lasting legacy that testifies to our existence. This desire to matter, to achieve greatness, status or legacy is a fundamental aspect of our nature, and it is this impulse that fuels the relentless pursuit of success in the capitalist system usually through accumulation of wealth.

For many, the quest for success is a lifelong endeavor, a constant striving to appease the gods of trade, who hold the keys to wealth, power and prestige.

In capitalist society, the pursuit of success is often viewed as a sacred duty, a sacred mission to be fulfilled through tireless effort and unwavering determination. This pursuit is not for the faint of heart, for it requires a relentless drive, a fierce determination and an unwavering will to overcome all obstacles. The capitalist system is built upon the principles of competition and individualism, and those who are able to rise to the top are hailed as heroes, celebrated as the embodiment of human excellence. The economist John Maynard Keynes observed:

"Capitalism is the astounding belief that the most wickedest of men will do the most wickedest of things for the greatest good of everyone."

But this relentless pursuit of success also comes at a cost. It demands sacrifice, commitment, and a willingness to put oneself on the line, to risk everything for the chance to achieve greatness. It is a path fraught with danger, and those who choose to walk it must be prepared to face the challenges and setbacks that inevitably come with the territory.

In the end, the desire to matter, to achieve greatness, is the driving force behind human progress, the engine of civilization. And it is through the relentless pursuit of success in the capitalist system, through pleasing the Trading Gods, that many see to achieve this goal, to fulfill their deepest desires, and to leave a mark on the world.

Islam ordained we recognise we are servants of the almighty, all-merciful, all-forgiving, and our purpose is to please him, not set up rival gods or purposes:

"Oh you who believed, let not your wealth and your children divert you from remembrance of Allah. And whoever does that then those are the losers." [Quran 63:9]

"Wealth and children are but adornment of the worldly life. But enduring good deeds are better to your Lord for reward and better for hope." [Quran 18:46]

"So let not their wealth or their children impress you." [Quran 9:55]

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