Woe to Al-Mutaffifīn [those who give less in measure and weight (decrease the rights of others)],Those who, when they have to receive by measure from men, demand full measure, And when they have to give by measure or weight to men, give less than due. Think they not that they will be resurrected (for reckoning).
[Sūrah al-Mutaffifīn, 83:1-4]
The Prophet (ṣallallāhu ʿalayhi wa-sallam ) said, ‘Every Ummah has a fitnah (tribulation) and the fitnah of my ummah is money.’
The Prophet (ṣallallāhu ʿalayhi wa-sallam ) said, ‘By Allāh! I do not fear for you poverty, rather I fear that the light of the dunyā be opened for you and then you compete in it as those before you competed in it, and then it destroys you as it destroyed them.’
And who is better in speech than he who [says: “My Lord is Allāh (believes in His Oneness),” and then stands straight (acts upon His Order), and] invites (men) to Allāh’s (Islamic monotheism), and does righteous deeds, and says: “I am one of the Muslims.”
[Sūrah al-Fuṣṣilat, 41:33]
A profound exposé on the malignant disease of māl (money) has spread through the ranks of the Muslims. Specific attention is given to al-Ihkwān al-Muslimīn (The Muslim Brotherhood), more appropriately coined al-Ihkwān al-Mufliseen (The Bankrupt Brotherhood) by the late Imām and muhaddith of Yemen (raḥimahullāh). Tales of money and its destruction are narrated, explaining its harm and the repercussions of its obsession. The noble Shaykh (raḥimahullāh) explains the misappropriation of money at the hands of ‘The Thieves of the daʿwah’, those who raise money to aid themselves and the siyaasah (politics) of the ahzaab (groups).
Stated Imām Muqbil Ibn Hādī (raḥimahullāh), ‘Verily if we, by the praise of Allāh sat in a circle of knowledge and we heard, “Muslim said that Yahyá Ibn Yahyá said on the authority Mālik, on the authority of Naafi’, on the authority of Ibn ʿUmar”, (i.e. returned to the athaar of the Salaf) all the problems would go away by the praise of Allāh. The problems of the communists, the socialists, the secularists, the shee’ah, the Ṣūfiyyah, and the problems of the general folk would all go. And we would remain as if we are kings! So say to the kings and presidents as Sufyān ath-Thawree (raḥimahullāh) said, “If the leaders and the kings knew what are state was, they would surely fight over it with swords.” By the praise of Allāh, all those who visit us here and found that the institute was free from the turmoil of the market, and found the trees that the brothers read under, and found the open valley that the brothers study in. This is a comfort and delight. Congratulations to you, congratulations to you!’
From the Questions:
[Q1] What is your opinion of some benevolent societies and parties that open centers and offices; sometimes they rent buildings for 8000 or 20,000. Isn’t this considered misappropriation of the monies of the people?
[Q2] What are the goals of, ‘The Thieves of the daʿwah’?
[Q3] Is the group al-Ikhwān al-Muflisīn (The Bankrupt Brotherhood) from the thieves of the daʿwah?
[Q4] A man who has status from the people of benevolence, says that he is not able to memorise but he says that he will raise money for the duʿāʾʾʾt (the callers to Islām), what is your advice to him?
[Q5] New benevolent societies that have become many, from them are those who are partisan such as Jam’iyyatul-Iḥsān, some of them are Ṣūfī such as Jam’iyyatul-Islāmiyyah, so we want some clarification about this?
[Q6] If a student of knowledge comes to you and he wants financial help for himself in the library and other than it from the ones you know and other than it, is this part of your condition?