All riches belong to Allah, glory unto Him, and human beings only act as trustees. (1)
They have only limited authority over wealth and property and they come with certain responsibilities. Given as a trust by the Almighty, it is therefore necessary to put wealth to use in a manner approved and praised by the Almighty. It is vital to use wealth, which ultimately belongs to Allah, glory unto Him, in the service of His servants. One must thereby serve the Almighty by serving His created beings.
The Blessed Prophet -upon him blessings and peace- would say:
“The hand that gives is superior to the hand that receives.”(2) But whilst giving, one was required to give only for the sake of the Almighty, remaining distant from pride, without any anticipation of worldly ends. The Holy Quran in fact advised and taught all human beings to say:
“We only feed you for Allah’s sake; we desire from you neither reward nor thanks.” (3)
(1) See, Al-i Imrân, 26; an-Nur, 33.
(2)Bukhari, Wasaya, 9; Muslim, Zakat, 97.
(3) al-Insan, 9.