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The Fitnah of Wealth is More Than the Fitnah of Children

July 5th, 2019
Imām Bin Bāz
Majmoo’ Tafseer Aayaat Min al-Qur-aan al-Kareem Pg. 336 (Translated in NYC on the 19th of Rabee’ al-Awwal, 1435 H (01-21-2014))
Abu Yusuf Khaleefah

Imām Bin Bāz was asked...

The mentioning of the wealth always comes before the mentioning of the children in the Qur’aan, although the children are more precious with the parent than his wealth. What is the wisdom behind that?

The fitnah of the wealth is more (than the fitnah of the children). That’s because the wealth aids him upon fulfilling the prohibited desires and other than that. This is different from the children. Indeed it’s possible that the parent is tested by them and he disobeys Allaah due to them. However, the fitnah of wealth is greater and more severe. Based upon this, Allaah began with (mentioning) the wealth before the children. Like in His statement:

وَمَا أَمْوَالُكُمْ وَلَا أَوْلَادُكُم بِالَّتِي تُقَرِّبُكُمْ عِندَنَا زُلْفَىٰ

It is not your wealth or your children which gets you closer to Us. [Saba: 37]

And His statement:

إِنَّمَا أَمْوَالُكُمْ وَأَوْلَادُكُمْ فِتْنَةٌ ۚ وَاللَّهُ عِندَهُ أَجْرٌ عَظِيمٌ

Indeed your wealth and your children are only a test. [Taghābun: 15]

And His statement:

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا لَا تُلْهِكُمْ أَمْوَالُكُمْ وَلَا أَوْلَادُكُمْ عَن ذِكْرِ اللَّهِ ۚ وَمَن يَفْعَلْ ذَٰلِكَ فَأُولَٰئِكَ هُمُ الْخَاسِرُونَ

Oh you who believe, do not let your wealth nor your children divert you from the remembrance of Allaah. Whoever does so then those are the ones whom are the losers. [Al-Munaafiqoon: 9]