In sahih Bukhari, it was narrated that a man passed by Rasulallah s.a.w. and he asked his companions: “What do you say about this man?” They replied: “If he asks for a lady’s hand, he would be given her in marriage; if he intercedes for someone, his intercessor would be accepted; and if he speaks, he would be listened to.”
Rasulallah s.a.w. kept silent. Then a man from among the poor Muslims passed by. He s.a.w. asked again: “What do you say about this man?” They replied: “If he asks for a hand in marriage he does not deserve to be married; if he intercedes, his intercession would not be accepted; and if he speaks, he would not be listened to.”
And here is where we learnt in the hadith where Rasulallah s.a.w. drew the line. He s.a.w. said that the poor man is SO MUCH better in the sight of Allah than the earth filled with the first man.
This is the core of the matter: Who are WE in the sight of Allah? This hadith addresses a very important issue: about the way we see people or how we want to be seen by people, and the way Allah sees us. The point is our focus should not be on what people think, rather what matters most is who we are in the sight of our Rabb.
We’re missing the point if we think rich is bad, and poverty is good. Richness by itself is not good. Poverty by itself is not good. These are not, and should not be our measurements. The only good thing by itself is Iman and Taqwa.
Extracted from Imam Karim AbuZaid’s khutbah, Are You Pleasing Allah or Pleasing People
Sahih Bukhari: http://sunnah.com/bukhari/67/29