One Way To Enrich Yourself

One of the ways in which a person is promised an increase in sustenance is through marriage. This will no doubt come as a surprise to many people. Perhaps this is because of the fact that one’s poor financial situation is- in our times- the primary factor that prevents a person from marriage. And yet, the irony of the fact is that marriage is one of the easiest ways in which a person can guarantee an increase in sustenance from Allaah. Allaah states,

And marry those among you who are single (male and female) and (also marry ) the pious of your (male) slaves and maid-servants (female slaves). If they be poor, Allah will enrich them out of His bounty. And Allah is All-Sufficient for His creatures’ need, the All-Knowing.”[Surah Al-Nur, 32]

Al-Sa’adee says in explanation of this verse:

“ Allaah is commanding those who are in charge of the affairs of minors, and the slave-masters, to get those whom they are in charge of married, and this includes all who do not have a spouse, from men and women, virgins and widows. So it is obligatory on the close relative, and the one in charge of the orphan- all those whom he is obliged to support- to ensure that those who need to get married are married. And if they are obliged to get the people that they are in charge of married, then the obligation to get themselves married is even more apparent! And His saying, ‘ .. if they are poor..’ meaning the husbands and the married couples, ‘ ..Allaah will enrich then out of His bounty..’ so do not be prevented by what you might falsely assume that, once he gets married, he will become poor because of his family. And in this verse is a strong encouragement to get married, and a promise to the married one that he will become rich after poverty!” [Tafseer as-Sa’adee,p.516]

Al-Qurtubee writes, commenting on this verse, “This means: let not the poverty of a man or a woman be a reason for not getting married. For in this verse there is a promise to those who married for the sake of acquiring Allaah’s pleasure and seeking refuge from disobeying Him (that Allaah will enrich him).. And in this verse is proof that it is allowed to marry a poor person. So one should not say, ‘ How am I going to get married when I don’t have any money?’ because his sustenance has been promised by Allaah. And the Prophet, sal Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallaam, married the woman who came to give herself to him, to a man who did not have anything except a single garment!” [Tafseer Al-Qurtubee,v.12,p.220]

He(Imaam Al-Qurtubee) then writes, “ So, since the greatest factor- in general- that prevents a person from getting married is that he does not have money, He promised that He would enrich the married couple from His bounties.”

And this is why we find that the Companions would encourage others go get married. Aboo Bakr Al Siddeeq, radhiyallaahu ‘anhu, is reported to have said: “ Obey Allah in what He has commanded you to do by getting married, He will then fulfil His promise to you to make you rich.” He then recited this verse (from Suraat An-Nur).

And Umar ibn Al-Khattab said: “Seek richness through marriage.”

And Abdullaah ibn Mas’ood said: “Find richness by getting married.”

And Abdullaah ibn ‘Abbaas said: “Allah has commanded (the muslims) to get married, and He has encouraged and enticed them for it. So He has commanded them to marry off their free-men and slaves and He has then promised them richness as a result (of this).

And it has been narrated that ‘Umar ibn Al-Khattaab once remarked: “I have never seen anything stranger than a man who does not seek richness through marriage, even though Allah has promised as a result of it ( i.e., marriage ) what He has promised: ‘…if they are poor then Allah will enrich them out of His bounty!’”
[Al-Durr Al-Manthoor, v.5, pps.80-81]

So, O servant of Allaah! What is there now that prevents you from marriage? Is not this promise from Allaah sufficient for you? And do you not know that the Prophet, sal Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallaam, said:

“ Three people have a right upon Allah that they should be helped: the one who desires to get married, seeking chastity; the slave that desires to be freed ( by paying his master a pre-agreed amount of money), and the fighter in the way of Allah.”[Reported by Al-Tirmidhi (1/311)]

This promise of richness is not restricted upon the spouses. Allaah states, concerning children:

And kill not your children for fear of powerty. We provide for them and for you. Surely, the killing of them is great sin.” [Suraat Al-Israa’,31]

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