Al-Mughni, The Enricher, is closely linked to Al-Ghani, The Rich. It is inconceivable that the one who is enriched become in his enrichment absolutely rich, since he will at least be in need of the one who made him rich. So he is not in fact rich, though he is able to dispense with everything but God, but only because He supplies him with what he needs; not because his neediness has been cut off at the roots. The truly rich one has need of nothing at all, while the one who is needy, yet possesses what he needs, is called rich figuratively. This is the highest possible realization which may be attained by one who is not with God, may He be praised and exalted.
So far as losing neediness is concerned, it is not to be. If there is neediness save for God the most High, he will be called ‘rich’. If he had not retained the basis of neediness, the saying of the most High would not be correct: “God is the Rich, and you are the poor” (Quran 47:38). But for the fact that this is inconceivable, that one could become free from everything but God, it would not be correct to ascribe to God most High, the attribute of the enricher.
The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “My poverty is my pride”. The test is not a simple test. It is not sufficient for the rich to be humble to pass the test, nor for the poor to trust in Allah and be accepting of their condition. The rich have to know thankfulness and to consider that their riches are not theirs, and to show their thankfulness by their generosity. The poor have to work hard to better their situation and accept the poverty that persists in spite of their efforts. That is the true meaning of trust in God, who says: “Allah does not change the lot of people who do not change what is in themselves” (Quran 13:7). The poor who accept their state, who are content with what they have, who are not envious, in reality are rich. The rich who are miserly, ambitious, who want more, in reality are poor. The patient poor are bound for Paradise, as are the thankful, generous rich.
“In the Name of God, the Lord of Mercy, the Giver of Mercy.”
“Consider the seeds you sow in the ground – is it you who make them grow or We?” Quran 56:63-64
“It is He who created you all from one soul, and from it made its mate so that he might find comfort in her: when one (of them) lies with his wife and she conceives a light burden, going about freely, then grows heavy, they both pray to God, their Lord, ‘If You give us a good child we shall certainly be grateful.” Quran 7:189
“God promises you His forgiveness and His abundance: God is limitless and all knowing, and He gives wisdom to whoever He will. Whoever is given wisdom has truly been given much good, but only those with insight bear this in mind.” Quran 2:268
“But the Lord of Mercy will give love to those who believe and do righteous deeds.” Quran 19:96
And God knows best.
‘Al Ghazzali – the Ninety Nine Beautiful Names of God’ translated by David B. Burrell and Nazih Daher.
‘The Name and the Named’ by Shaykh Tosun Bayrak.
‘Ninety Names of the Beloved. Intimations of the Beauty and Power of the Divine’ by Camille Hamilton Adams Helminski.