بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
Aya of the Day:
But seek, through that which Allah has given you, the home of the Hereafter; and [yet], do not forget your share of the world. And do good as Allah has done good to you. And desire not corruption in the land. Indeed, Allah does not like corrupters.” He said, “I was only given it because of knowledge I have.” Did he not know that Allah had destroyed before him of generations those who were greater than him in power and greater in accumulation [of wealth]? But the criminals, about their sins, will not be asked. [Surat al-Qasas, 28-77-78]
Lesson of the Day: Don’t forget your roots
Qarun was a simple worshipper from the people of Moosa (as). Like the rest of Bani Israel, he was oppressed by Pharoah. But he had good skills and excelled in his business, so his people decided to support him, happy that someone from among them would rise. And he started with good intentions- he wanted to help his people. But slowly he became enamoured with the wealth he was receiving, and started raising the prices though he didn’t need to, knowing his people were poor and downtrodden. Then he started to tyrannize them, by behaving arrogantly with them. And as his wealth grew, he desired even more and started to seek money by dishonorable means, such as opening gambling businesses, thereby corrupting his society.
Seeing this, the more knowledgeable of his people were alarmed and gave him the advice above, but he did not heed it.
And the advice that was given to Qarun is something we should carry with us wherever we go. No matter how big you grow, remember that what you have was given to you by Allah and so seek the home of the Hereafter. But you don’t have to live in hardship and you are allowed to enjoy your wealth. Don’t forget what you were, and just as Allah was good to you by giving you success, so you should be good to others. And in your attempts to grow, do not be corrupt and do not be arrogant, thinking it was all you. That is recipe for disaster, and we have been warned many times in the Qur’an.