Abū ʿAlī al-ʿUkbarī (365 AH – 428 AH) was a noteworthy poet and ḥanbalī scholar of the fifth century. He is described by historians as reliable and trustworthy. For his day job, he worked as a copyist (warrāq). In other words, he would copy books by hand for students and scholars and sell them to make a living.
He was so skilled at this work that he would be able to copy Dīwān al-Mutanabbī (approximately 500 pages) completely within three days. He would then sell this book for 200 dirhams (silver coins). Bear in mind that silver was much more valuable during those times than it is today. Through this work, he earned so much money that when he died the Sultan seized from his wealth 1000 dinars (gold coins). That is approximately 1.35 million dollars. That figure only accounts for a portion of his liquid assets.
He earned an honest living for himself and made a fortune. It is worth noting that he had directed for 1/3 of his wealth to be distributed among ḥanbalī students of knowledge after his death in his will. However, because a substantial portion of his wealth was seized, this part of his will was never implemented after his death.
Lesson: From the scholars of Islam, you will find people who are wealthy and those who are poor. This was the case in the past. This happens to be the case today. This will continue to be the case in the future. So long as they are honestly and sincerely serving Islam, wealth should never be a reason to question their integrity, and poverty should never be a reason to disdain their abilities.