Richest and Wealthiest Peron In Islam

Today we will study Verse # 08, Chapter # 93 Surat Ad-Dhuha (Arabic – الضحى‎)

وَوَجَدَكَ عَاۗىِٕلًا فَاَغْنٰى

By WordNo. of Instances
in The Holy Quran
Meaning  First Placement
in the Holy Quran
Last Placement
in the Holy Quran
وَوَجَدَكَ107He find youVerse # 96
Chapter # 02
Verse # 08
Chapter # 93
عَاۗىِٕلًا02In needVerse # 28
Chapter # 09
Verse # 08
Chapter # 93
فَاَغْنٰى73Self sufficientVerse # 263
Chapter # 02
Verse # 02
Chapter # 111

The first placement of the word وَلَتَجِدَنَّھُمْ is in Verse # 96 Chapter # 02 in which Allah Subhan O Talah is addressing Rasool Allah(SAW) and underlining a group of people whose love for life is so immense that they wish that they would love to live in this world for 1000 years. Allah Subhan O Talah is comparing them with those who associate others with Allah.

وَلَتَجِدَنَّھُمْ اَحْرَصَ النَّاسِ عَلٰي حَيٰوةٍ ڔ وَمِنَ الَّذِيْنَ اَشْرَكُــوْا ڔ يَوَدُّ اَحَدُھُمْ لَوْ يُعَمَّرُ اَلْفَ سَـنَةٍ ۚ وَمَا ھُوَ بِمُزَحْزِحِهٖ مِنَ الْعَذَابِ اَنْ يُّعَمَّرَ ۭ وَاللّٰهُ بَصِيْرٌۢ بِمَا يَعْمَلُوْنَ

The last placement of the word وَوَجَدَكَ is in Verse # 08 Chapter # 93 in which Allah Subhan O Talah is describing His blessings on Rasool Allah(SAW) “And He found you poor and made [you] self-sufficient.”


The first placement of the root word عَيْلَةً is in Verse # 28 Chapter # 09 in which Allah Subhan O Talah is announcing his final verdict about the disbelievers and their prohibition to Masjid Al Haram(the Holy Ka’ba).In continuation to their ban Allah Subhan O Talah is also declaring that وَاِنْ خِفْتُمْ عَيْلَةً فَسَوْفَ يُغْنِيْكُمُ اللّٰهُ مِنْ فَضْلِهٖٓ اِنْ شَاۗءَ And if you fear privation, Allah will enrich you from His bounty if He wills.

The last placement of the root word عَاۗىِٕلًا is in Verse # 08 Chapter # 93 in which Allah Subhan O Talah summing up the discussion by reaffirming His gifts on Rasool Allah(SAW).


The first placement of the root word فَاَغْنٰى is in Verse # 263 Chapter # 02 in which Allah Subhan O Talah is articulating the attributes of the wealthiest and richest person in the entire universe. He possess the following two characteristics.

  • Kind Speech
  • Forgiveness

قَوْلٌ مَّعْرُوْفٌ وَّمَغْفِرَةٌ خَيْرٌ مِّنْ صَدَقَةٍ يَّتْبَعُهَآ اَذًى ۭ وَاللّٰهُ غَنِىٌّ حَلِيْمٌ

The benefits of these attributes are greater then charity followed by injury. Allah Subhan O Talah is also declaring himself غَنِىٌّ so those who practice these characteristics are manifesting the attributes of Allah Subhan O Talah. They are the richest and wealthiest persons in the word.

The last placement of the root word فَاَغْنٰى is in Verse # 02 Chapter # 111 in which Allah Subhan O Talah is mocking Abu Lahab for his wealth and status. Allah Subhan O Talah dedicated this particular surah to a particular enemy of Islam. Historically, Abu Lahab was once the wealthiest man in the Arab circle. He was the next-door neighbor of the Rasool Allah(SAW) and he would throw filth into the house of the Prophet whenever the Prophet use to read Quran. He ordered his sons to divorce the daughters of the Prophet. When the Prophet’s son Qasim passed away, Abu Lahab came out of his house screaming and dancing. And he says Batara Muhammadun – Muhammed has had his lineage cut off. He was amongst the four of the Arab wealthiest persons who own One Qintar of gold.

مَآ اَغْنٰى عَنْهُ مَالُهٗ وَمَا كَسَبَ

Rough Calculation of Abu Lahab Wealth:

Abu Lahab Wealth=1 Qintar gold
One Qintar=200 Okia of gold
One Okia =3.25 Tola of gold
One Tola =12 grams of gold
Total Wealth in Tola=                     54.17

Allah Subhan O Talah sent down this particular surah to address Abu Lahab and his wife Umm Jameel’s behavior. Their animosity and filth against Rasool Allah(SAW). The message of the Holy Qur’an is not limited to a particular time frame. Terms and conditions will remain the same. 1500 years ago Abu Lahab and his wife were involved. In the 21st century, there are a lot of persons, organizations, and governments are involved against the animosity of Rasool Allah (SAW) and Islam. Allah Subhan O Talah has given his verdict against those in a very clear one-line statement in the closing chapters of the Holy Qur’an. That does not think that we are the richest and powerful nations of the world. Our strong economy, political influence, defense alliance would provide a shield and nobody can challenge us. Do not forget to use the case scenario of Abu Lahab and his wife.


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