Riches and Wealth


A lot have been said about wealth and riches. Different school of thoughts have given different interpretations of what wealth is. Some believe it is evil, while others take the stand that without it, life is worthless. Religious scholars are not left out of this. Some focus their teachings more on the subject of wealth and riches while others argue that for an individual to make heaven, he/she must live in total austerity. However, the question is what really is wealth? Is it evil or good? If it is evil why? And if it is good why? Who should be wealthy? Is man’s riches and wealth in the hands of God?

Bible

“But the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful. Mark 4:19
but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful. Proverbs 23:4-5
Now listen, you rich people, weep and wail because of the misery that is coming on you. Your wealth has rotted, and moths have eaten your clothes. Your gold and silver are corroded. Their corrosion will testify against you and eat your flesh like fire. You have hoarded wealth in the last days. Look! The wages you failed to pay the workers who mowed your fields are crying out against you. The cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord Almighty. You have lived on earth in luxury and self-indulgence. You have fattened yourselves in the day of slaughter.You have condemned and murdered the innocent one, who was not opposing you. James 5:1-6
He who trusts in his riches will fall, but the righteous shall flourish as the green leaf. Proverbs 11:28
Wealth is worthless in the day of wrath, but righteousness delivers from death. Proverbs 11:4
If riches increase, do not set your heart on them… Psalm 62:10

“No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money. Matthew 6:24
For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. 1st Timothy 6:10
Do man rob God, yet you are rubbing me. Malachi 3:8

Quran

“The example of those who spend their wealth in the way of God is like a seed [of grain] which grows seven spikes; in each spike is a hundred grains. And God multiplies [His reward] for whom He wills. And God is all-Encompassing and Knowing.” [Quran 2:261]
It is reported by Jabir that the Prophet said: “The flesh and body that is built on unlawful sustenance/money shall not enter Paradise. Hell, is more deserving to the flesh that grows on one's body out of unlawful sustenance. (Ahmad) (Hadith)

“O you who have believed, do not consume one another’s wealth unjustly but only [in lawful] business by mutual consent.” [Quran 4:29]
"Give the kinsman his due, and the needy, and the wayfarer, and squander not (your wealth) in wantonness. Lo! the squanderers were ever brothers of the devils, and the devil was ever an ingrate to his Lord" [Quran 17:26-27]