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Health vs. Wealth

flower .Amidst the effort of family and friends to get donations for a surgery patient, it suddenly dawned on me that money was not actually the big deal here.

Even with the required amount, the struggle would be far from over. It will only be the beginning.

And the greatest help needed is from the only One Who Heals & Cures.

With money, the sick can get the required treatment and some ease. Just as with wealth – we get more comfort and buy material possessions. But you can never buy good health. With good health, your mind is much more at peace and physically OK to carry out many activities.

But which do you prioritise daily – Health or Wealth?

Each day you wake up, hardly thinking about your health. You simply go through the motions of the morning and then the typical work day or duties at home – chasing more money and all that comes with it.

Remember without good health, life becomes a struggle physically and emotionally. And without good health, wealth brings little or no joy.

As a youth, it is important to learn to nurture your health & invest in your wellness. And purify your heart, body and environment. Life as a Muslim is about finding balance and seeking success in this world and in the next In Sha Allah.  Health and Wealth could serve as a means to attaining that success. And what best time to practice but from a young age.

Since one is as important as the other, our duty is to learn to make each blessing a form of worship and a means of earning Jannah (Paradise) In Sha Allah.

Let’s race towards good health and pure wealth.

In the footsteps of a Billionaire

An article on a young African Billionaire caught my attention, so out of curiosity I read it thinking it will typically detail the size of his mansions, number of planes/cars as well as favourite vacation spots. Surprisingly none of that was mentioned. What I read about instead was the story of a 31 year old entrepreneur who lived a life of hard work & integrity.

English: Footsteps in the south My footsteps i...

English: Footsteps in the south My footsteps in the snow on footpath from the road at Dunstall Common, to the north the path enters the southern end of Croome Park. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

With issues such as sustainability high on his goals, his passion is to bring about positive change in the society and especially in the lives of young people. And so, his work and life is directed towards having a big and long lasting social impact; Beyond just making money. His was a story full of lessons for every person – from whatever age group, profession or background.

The story reminded me of the Billionaire who lived during the time of our beloved Prophet (Peace be upon him), AbdurRahman Ibn Awf. A wealthy but humble companion; He migrated to a new land – Madina without his wealth, and worked hard refusing to accept handout and easy money. His hangout was the market place.

The fruits of his hard work, integrity and faith was seen throughout his lifetime in the form of blessed wealth, concern for the people and the greatest reward – promise of paradise. He was one of the ten companions promised paradise. He contributed actively to the society, and gave much just as he earned much.

What better reward can we hope for, in this life and in the next!

Only a few leave their footsteps in the sands of time. For those who do, we have important lessons to take.

1. Hard work: Never stop working hard. Work hard seeking for pure wealth, for Allah is pure and accepts only that which is pure.

2. Give back: Charity and other contributions to society never decreases wealth or knowledge, rather it benefits all including the giver & improves general relations.

3. Strive for balance: Life is temporary, so the wise ones seek for the best of the hereafter by means of what is best in the temporary world.

As the billionaire asked himself, ”How much am I really worth?”, ”How much have I given back?”; so must we all question ourselves.

Passion, hard work, selflessness, giving, having a worthy vision, making an impact & changing one’s mindset to that of success, cannot be found in a bank account, wallet or bank card.

Rather they all dwell in the heart and soul and is accessible to everyone in undue measures.

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