An opulent individual called Qarun

As the current movie is being played before our very eyes; we see ‘worshipers of money’ or qaruns from the west going after the wealth of qaruns from the east.
We see these same qaruns relentlessly supporting despotic regimes. Regimes that pillaged the riches of their land and impoverished its inhabitants.

How much money does one need?
Would it harm a person if one spent some of what is beyond their need on someone in need?

London seems to be a hub for many of these qaruns.
It has not made the inhabitants of London healthier nor happier.
Certain things only bring misery to their owners and especially a wealth unfairly and unlawfully gained.
It is said that London’s billionaires pay around 0.01% in tax.

Nothing new under the sun.
Indeed, the Quran talks of a wealthy individual called Qarun.
It seems to be a person named Korah in the Old Testament.
Unfortunately, the Old Testament was redacted several times and only settled with its current form in the middle ages.
So here is a translation of what the Quran says about him:

” Indeed, Qarun was from the people of Moses, but he tyrannized them. And We gave him of treasures whose keys would burden a band of strong men; thereupon his people said to him, “Do not exult. Indeed, Allah does not like the exultant.
But seek, through that which Allah has given you, the home of the Hereafter; and [yet], do not forget your share of the world. And do good as Allah has done good to you. And desire not corruption in the land. Indeed, Allah does not like corrupters.
He said, “I was only given it because of knowledge I have.” Did he not know that Allah had destroyed before him of generations those who were greater than him in power and greater in accumulation [of wealth]? But the criminals, about their sins, will not be asked.
So he came out before his people in his adornment. Those who desired the worldly life said, “Oh, would that we had like what was given to Qarun. Indeed, he is one of great fortune.”
But those who had been given knowledge said, “Woe to you! The reward of Allah is better for he who believes and does righteousness. And none are granted it except the patient.”
And We caused the earth to swallow him and his home. And there was for him no company to aid him other than Allah, nor was he of those who [could] defend themselves.
And those who had wished for his position the previous day began to say, “Oh, how Allah extends provision to whom He wills of His servants and restricts it! If not that Allah had conferred favor on us, He would have caused it to swallow us. Oh, how the disbelievers do not succeed!”
That home of the Hereafter We assign to those who do not desire exaltedness upon the earth or corruption. And the [best] outcome is for the righteous.”
Quran 28:76-83

And if you want to hear the original Arabic, then here it is:

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