وَقَالُوا نَحْنُ أَكْثَرُ أَمْوَالًا وَأَوْلَادًا وَمَا نَحْنُ بِمُعَذَّبِينَ ﴿٣٥
Surah saba [34:35]
And they said, “We are more [than the believers] in wealth and children, and we are not to be punished.”
BACKGROUND: The democracy (majority) of affluence and Ivy League offspring brings a power to the individual and societies, which results in arrogance. This arrogance is incited from the wealth of provisions that Allah has given them.
Tafseer by Dr. Farhat Hashmi (translated from urdu)
When the non believing wealthy and the powerful in this world numerically exceed those who are believers but are impoverished and weak and (this extends to individuals and nations,) the powerful non believers think that since they are in the majority and have more resources and power both in wealth and successful progeny they are better off and they will not be punished.
Allah clarifies that he gives naimah in this world to test the gratefulness and generosity of the children of Adam. It is not a reward for their actions in this world, for those will be rewarded on the Day of Judgment.
In other surahs Allah Subhanawataala reminds us:
SURAH AL Mominoon 55-56
Do they think that what We extend to them of wealth and children
Is [because] We hasten for them good things? Rather, they do not perceive.
Sometimes wealth and children become a source of agony in this life even though some may have sacrificed their emaan for them:
SURAH TAUBAH 9: 55
So let not their wealth or their children impress you. Allah only intends to punish them through them in worldly life and that their souls should depart [at death] while they are disbelievers.
SURAH AL Mominoon [23:44]
Then We sent Our messengers in succession. Every time there came to a nation its messenger, they denied him, so We made them follow one another [to destruction], and We made them narrations. So away with a people who do not believe.
Allah Subhanawataala is putting the arrogant individuals and nations on notice……………for with the rejection of Allah and tawheed comes such destruction of nations that all that is left of them is “narrations” or stories of “once upon a time…………”
Supplication: May Allah protect us and the nations of Believers from such a fate.