True, the financial report is meaningless in itself. He could have been exaggerating for credit purposes, or making no profit, or running a loss. We don’t know.
I do know that not every gemologist or gem importer from Sri Lanka is affluent.
And having lived next door to an “islamic centre” I can affirm what Quix wrote:
>> “Tip of the iceberg, folks.
Coming soon to a neighborhood near many.”
And my hornet’s nest was not in a major city, but in a very quiet hamlet in rural PA.
My hunch, though, is that he was not poor.
I’m skeptical he could have liquidated quite as quickly as he evidently did, were he poor.
And, for some reason, rational, or not, I just don’t think he was poor/is poor.