Question: Do rich people have priority over poor people to get into the Garden? In other words, can they purchase their spot in The Garden with money?
The Gardens cannot be purchased with money but faith and good deed. Money sure gives chances to do lots of good deeds as well as opening the doors of many sins never thought before. So the rich has no advantage against the poor for entering The Gardens.
Richness or wealth is also a trial like poverty. Allah will put all people to test by sometimes giving and sometimes taking wealth, authority or opportunities. And He states that, He will not do any injustice, even the least bit of it to anyone at all.
Some of the related verses are below:
“(…) Every being shall be given what they earned, and nobody will be wronged that day.” (Al-e-Imran / Family of Imran 3:25)
“Indeed, Allah does not do injustice, [even] as much as an atom’s weight; while if there is a good deed, He multiplies it and gives from Himself a great reward “ (An-Nisa / The Women 4:40)
“It is neither your fancies nor the fancies of the People of the Book which matter. Whoever does evil shall reap its consequence and will find none to be his protector and helper against Allah. Whoever does good deeds and believes -whether he is male or female – such shall enter the Garden, and they shall not be wronged in the slightest.” (An-Nisa / The Women 4:123-124)
“Indeed, Allah has purchased from the believers their lives and their properties in exchange for the Gardens. They fight in the cause of Allah, so they kill and are killed. [It is] a true promise [binding] upon Him in the Torah and the Gospel and the Qur’an. And who is truer to his covenant than Allah? So rejoice in your transaction which you have contracted. This is the greatest attainment.” (At-Tawbah / The Repentance 9:111)
In short, instead of what we possess, the way how we use them is more important. Allah the Almighty commands:
“There is nothing for mankind except his effort. And his effort is indeed going to be seen. Then he will be recompensed for it with the fullest recompense.” (An-Najm / The Star 53:39-41)