I do have a go at committee members of masjids because of their lack of vision and the fact they do not do what they should but the wealthy have a share of the blame. Read this passage again. They are hording their wealth which is more dear to them than serving Allah (the Exalted). What a wretched state to be in! Your wealth could be spent making a masjid in the correct manner and serving a community. We have many rich Muslims who could put a small amount towards education institutes, but they do not. What good is your wealth going to do on the Day of Judgment? You cannot buy your way into heaven? So what are you saving it for? Your kids? They do not need millions but you need some good actions!
Alternatively, to someone who is genuinely serving the communities and not to masjids, zakah is not allowed for masjids to take or ask for. Arrogantly hanging onto your wealth means you have already lost it without gaining anything. Poverty and wealth is a state of the heart. If a rich man is in need then he is poor and if a poor man has no desire for the world then he is rich.
Hadith on evil traders
إِنَّ التُجَّارَ هُمُ الفُجَّارَ ، قِيلَ يَا رَسُولَ اللَّهِ أَوَ لَيسَ قَد أَحَلَّ اللَّهُ البَيعَ ؟ قَالَ : بَلَى ، وَلِكِنَّهُم يُحَدِّثُونَ فَيَكذِبُونَ ، وَيَحلِفُونَ فَيَأثَمُونَ
رواه أحمد (3/428) والحاكم (2/8) وقال صحيح الإسناد
Reported by Imam Ahmed 3/428, Al-Hakim 2/8
( إِنَّ التُجَّارَ يُبعَثُونَ يَومَ القِيَامَةِ فُجَّارًا ، إِلَّا مَن اتَّقَى اللَّهَ وَبَرَّ وَصَدَقَ )
أخرجه الترمذي (1210) والدارمي (2/247) وابن ماجه (2146) وابن حبان (11/276
Reported by Al-Tirmdhi 1210, Al-Dayrami 2/247, Ibn Majah 2146, Ibn Hibban 11/276.
One of the most ashamed things that occurs in oil rich middle eastern states is the modern slavery of migrant workers. Their eyes are dazzled by adverts of a work and a better life, so they go with hopes that are stolen with their passports, as soon as they arrive. They have no rights, except to work all day, sleep on concrete, to build empty buildings for the rich. How far are they from justice? Do they not fear the day of judgement? They could pay them a fantastic wage and keep their promises instead they are great lairs. not to mention the harm that is given to maids and so forth. This is an extremely distressing and upsetting part of these worthless rich men who do such things.
I ask the question. Why aren't the councils of their countries giving them passports to return home?
Why are these oil rich companies not bothered about helping poor people? You have a responsibility to put your hand into the pocket and spend that money that Allah (the Exalted) has given you.
If you none of the Quranic passages and hadith have had any affect on you then I give you glad tidings of a painful punishment in the afterlife. Give your money to charity and do not follow it with harm because they you lose it all. The reward is gone when you follow up charity with harm and so many people do that. Give charity and forget about the amount! Companies who give charity are given discounts on their tax! Yet you still do not want to give! Do something with your money before your life is over, mr Billionaire!
The first university in world history (9th Cent) was founded by Fatima Al-Fihri in Fez. She had excessive wealth and spent it in the path of Allah (the Exalted). By founding a university that still runs until today. May Allah give her many blessings!
If you are wealthy person who is serving his community and paying charity (I do not think you exist) I would like to hear from you. Even if its just to prove me wrong but the hadith is clear. "Traders are notoriously unscrupulous."