On the prohibition against squandering money in improper ways

Riyad as-Salihin (The Meadows of the Righteous)

by Imam Nawawi

356. Chapter: On the prohibition against squandering money in improper ways

1781. Abu Hurayra reported that the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, "Allah Almighty is pleased with three things you do and dislikes three things you do. He is pleased that you worship Him and do not associate anything with Him and hold tight to the rope of Allah all together without splitting up. He dislikes your chatter, importunate asking and squandering of wealth." [Muslim]

1782. Warrad, the scribe of al-Mughira ibn Shu'ba, said, "Al-Mughira ibn Shu'ba dictated to me in a letter to Mu'awiya that the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, used to say after every obligatory prayer, 'There is no god but Allah alone with no partner. The kingdom and praise belong to Him and He has power over everything. O Allah, none can withhold what You give nor give what You withhold and the wealth of someone who has it is of no avail against You.' He also wrote to him that he forbade idle chatter, squandering of wealth and too much asking. He also forbade disobedience to mothers, burying baby girls alive, and people refusing to pay what is due." [Agreed upon]