Types of People in relation to Money

1. The Mustaghni (Indifferent) : the peak of perfection (ghāyatul kamāl) in zuhd (asceticism) is indifference to money whether it is present or absent. It is the state of ‘Aīsha radiyaAllāhu ‘anhā when 100 000 dirhams were presented to her and she spent the day distributing it without taking a dirham… not remembering that she could have used some to purchase a meal for breaking her fast that day until her servant-girl reminded her of it.

2. The Zāhid (Ascetic) : who is repelled by and despises money, wary of its evil and flees from it.

3. The Rāḍī (Contented) : does not so desire money that it would bring him joy were he to obtain it, or repel him to the point of distress, causing him to give it away quickly after acquiring it.

4. The Qāni’ (Satisfied) : having money is dearer to him than not having it, because he desires it. Yet, despite this desire, he does not embark in pursuit of it. Rather, when it comes his way, he takes it with delight. But if it requires effort, he will not trouble himself to acquire although he is able to do it.

5. The Ḥarīṣ (Desirous) : Either he desires money inasmuch as were he to find the means by which he can attain it – even if it strains him – he would pursue it or he is one who is busy in pursuit of it.

6. The Muḍtarr (Direly in Need) : one who needs it for his basic survival needs from food, clothes or shelter regardless his desire for it is strong or weak.

– Keypoints taken from the Iḥya’ of Al-Imām Al-Ghazālī