In the seventies and eighties, there was so much talk of his fame and wealth that princesses and princes considered it an honour to have a cup of coffee with him. He was none other than Arab-Turkish businessman Adnan Khashoggi. Khashoggi was vacationing at his spacious farmhouse in Kenya, one day his young daughter wanted ice cream and chocolate, he sent his plane Al 747 with the crew to Paris, where after buying ice cream, the crew brought chocolate from Geneva on the same day. The plane returned to Kenya the same day. Its cost per day was US$1 million.
He had luxury palaces in the 12 most expensive cities in the world including London, Paris, New York and Sydney. He was fond of Arabian horses and had special stables in many countries of the world. His divorce is considered to be the most expensive divorce in the world to date when he paid US$875 million to his American wife and divorced her. The yacht owned by him was the biggest yacht of his time, which even the kings did not have at that time. Four helicopters were always ready in this yacht, while there were 610 people on board and crew, that yacht was later bought from him by the Sultan of Brunei and reached Donald Trump through him, Trump bought it for US$29 million.
Many famous Hollywood films including the James Bond series were shot on his yacht. On his fiftieth birthday, he threw the world’s most expensive party on the coast of Spain, in which 400 famous people from the world partied for 5 days. American President Richard Nixon’s daughter sacrificed a gold necklace worth 60,000 pounds for a smile. He was a big arms dealer, he used to make arms deals and contracts between countries in which between he made contracts worth US$20 billion.
Alcohol and women were his weaknesses. He was very allergic to caring for orphans, caring for widows, helping the poor, and humanitarian work during floods and earthquakes. Not assigned. In the eighties, he was the owner of assets of $US40 billion. But his time was getting over as God started pulling his rope, his journey started towards decline and degradation began, his diamonds worth billions of dollars were drowned in the sea, loss after loss started in business, and debt after debt increased. His assets were sold, his friends and his lovers turned away from him, and he went into the abyss of anonymity for a long time, no one knew where he was.
Then one day it was found a Saudi businessman in London, and his condition changed. O Adnan! Allah Ta’ala has ordered to spend wealth and charity on the poor and needy. This ticket is also for charity. This scruffy man of his time reached Jeddah by sitting on a plane with ordinary passengers on a charity ticket. The name of this Arab trader was Adnan Khashoggi, he was of Turkish origin, he was born in Makkah, and his father was a royal physician.
When I studied the life of this person, believe me, I was shaken and my faith in the justice of Allah became stronger. Remember, no matter how powerful you are, no matter how rich you are, you are very weak before Allah. Never use your wealth and power for rebellion, Allah’s command is very strict.
The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) always sought refuge from Allah Almighty.
“Oh God, I seek refuge in You from the disappearance of Your grace.”