I have been reading more about materialism – the belief that we are only material and do not have a spiritual (immaterial) side.
The Quran does address this in many ways.
Here’s the first:
وَإِنَّهُۥ لِحُبِّ ٱلْخَيْرِ لَشَدِيدٌ
“And indeed mankind intensely loves wealth.” [100:8]
In this verse, Allah criticizes those of mankind who love wealth so much that it distracts them from their true goal. What’s also interesting is that Allah uses the word khair to describe wealth. Khair means good!
A lot of Muslims think that wealth is somehow a bad thing or an impure thing. Wealth is not evil nor good. How we use wealth is what matters. It can be good and it can be evil.
Two of the pillars of Islam require a decent amount of wealth. Zakat (charity) and Hajj (pilgrimate) both require one to be wealthy enough to perform.
It is true that the more wealth you have the more opportunities you will have to spend it or earn it the wrong way but also in the right way. It is also true that the wealthy will be the last to enter paradise because they will have more to account for.