Meaning of the Hadith “The poor Muslims will enter Paradise before the rich...”

Q: I have a question regarding the following Hadith narrated by Hazrat Abu Huraira (radhiallahu anhu):

“The poor Muslims will enter Paradise before the rich by half of a day, the length of which is five hundred years.”

Generally, women don’t possess much wealth but enjoy the luxuries by their family’s wealth. Would these women be regarded as poor, since the wealth is not theirs? The women passed away before they could inherit (passing away before family), due to which their family’s wealth did not fall in their hands. What if, despite her family being wealthy, she does not own much and refuses to enjoy the luxuries of this world by her family’s wealth?

A: It refers to people who were pleased with the life of austerity and remained content with whatever Allah Ta'ala blessed them with. They felt satisfied associating with people of this type and were pleased with the decree of Allah Ta'ala. If these women possess these qualities, then insha Allah, they will be grouped with the poor on the day of Qiyaamah.

And Allah Ta'ala (الله تعالى) knows best.


Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)