“When a man dies, his wealth does not accompany him to the grave, but the knowledge accompanies him to the grave and always assists him until he enters Jannah.”
Worldly wealth decreases when it is spent but knowledge increases when it is imparted. The wealthy have to protect his wealth while knowledge protects the ‘Alim (Scholar).
Furthermore, Allah SubHanuhu wa Ta’ala does not leave one a destitute if one gives preference to the seeking of knowledge over business and trade. Imam Ghazali (رحمة الله عليه) records in his Ihya al-‘Ulum:
مَن تَفَقَّهُ فيِ دِينِ اللهِ عَزَّ وَ جَلَّ كَفَاهَ اللهُ تَعَالَى مَا اَهَمّه ُ وَ رَزَقَهُ مِنْ حَيْثُ لاَ يَحْتَسِبْ
One who develops understanding in Din, Almighty Allah SubHanuhu wa Ta’ala protects him from depression and provides sustenance for him from places he cannot imagine of.” Fadl al-‘Ilm Wa al-‘Ulama, Imam Naqi ‘Ali Khan (رحمة الله عليه).
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