Bismillahir Rahmaanir Raheem
All praises are for Allaah, Lord of the worlds. May Allaah send his praises and complete peace until the day of recompense upon his final messenger, his family, followers and upon all of his companions.
As salaamu aleykum wa rahmatullah
A type of craving for wealth is that a person has extreme love for wealth and also relentlessly exerts efforts to attain it- via means which are lawful – being excessive in that, striving hard and making painstaking efforts and toiling in order to attain it.
Reported by At- Tabaraanee, ‘Aasim ibn ‘Adiyy radiyAllaahi ‘anhu said, “i bought a hundred shares from the shares of khaybar” and that reached the prophet salAllaahu ‘Alayhi wa sallam so he said, Two ravenous wolves remaining amongst sheep whose owner has lost them will not be more harmful than a Muslim’s seeking after wealth and status to his deen
There is nothing more to chasing after wealth than the wastage of a person’s noble life for that which has no value. Instead he could have earned a high rank in paradise and everlasting bliss, but lost this due to his craving after provisions – which had already been assured to him and allocated to him, and it was not possible for anything to come to him except what was decreed for him.
It was said to a wise man, ” so and so has amassed wealth,” so he said, “then has he amassed days in which to spend it?” it was said “no ” so he said, “Then he has amassed nothing!”.
Ibn mas’ood radiyallaahu ‘anhumaa, said “certain faith (yaqeen) is that you do not make the people happy by angering Allaah, and that you do not envy anyone for that which Allaah has provided, and that you do not blame anyone for something which Allaah has not given you – since provisions will not be brought on by a person craving after it, nor will it be repelled by a persons disliking it. Indeed Allaah through his wisdom has made happiness dependent upon having certain faith and contentment, and he has made worried and sorrow spring from doubt and displeasure. 1
Longing for success from worldly matters can be lethal to a muslim, it deters them from the realities of this world obscuring their vision and gradually leading them away from siratul mustaqeem. Oh you whose heart long for contentment and peace fear the dunya how it should be feared and do not let the waswaas of the shaytaan create confusion in your hearts. Be aware that the shaytaan strives night and day to make you forget the realities of this world in which you are living in, remember oh mumin that this world that you hold such a great importance to is worthless. It is laden with trials and it is your responsibility to ensure your own success, so seek refuge in the one in whose hands is your soul and withdraw yourselves from evil, those that lead to it and take you away from the remembrance of your Lord.
It is narrated from At-Tirmidhee in his collection and from Adh-Dhiya in “Al-Mukhtarah”, and authenticated from al-Albani, from Sahl ibn Sa’d, that the Prophet said: “If the world was worth even a mosquito wing to Allaah, then He would not have given the Kafir (disbeliever) a sip of water from it.”
And from the Saheeh of Muslim, from Jabir ibn Abdullah, that Allaah’s Messenger passed by the market with some of his companions by his side. Then he passed by a dead, young goat with small ears. So he picked it up, took it by its ear and said, ‘Would any if you like this for one dirham?’ They said, ‘We would not like that! (even) if it was for us, any (price)! And what can we make with it?’ The Prophet said, ‘Do you like that it’s for you (for free)?’ They said, ‘By Allaah, if it was alive it would have been defective because of its short ears; so how about now when it is dead?’ So the Prophet said, ‘Then by Allaah, verily this world is more detestable to Allaah than this (goat) is to you.
Commit to memory that the world is but a passing abode, not equal is it to anything with Allaah, its delights are spoiled and it is nothing more than a few passing day.
It is narrated from Ibn Majah and deemed Hasan by Shaikh al-Albani, from Abu Ad-Darda who said: “The Messenger of Allaah said: ‘Is it poverty that you fear? By Him in whose Hand is my soul, the dunya will be made so desirous to you, until it turns the heart of any one of you not towards anything except towards itself (i.e. the world). I swear by Allaah, I have left you an example like (the color) white; its night and its day are the same.”
Has the time not come for those who believe that their hearts should become humbly submissive at the remembrance of Allaah and what has come down of the truth?. Do not be like those who were given the Scripture before and their hearts hardened; and many of them became defiantly disobedient
The Prophet (sall Allaahu `alaihi wa sallam) said:
“The world is cursed, and all that is in it is cursed, except for learning, and teaching, the remembrance of Allaah, and what is conducive to that.” 2
“Set forth to them the similitude of the life of this world: It is like the rain which We send down from the skies: the earth’s vegetation absorbs it, but soon it becomes dry stubble, which the winds do scatter: it is (only) Allaah who prevails over all things.” 3
Indeed for some of us the dunya is weighed more in our eyes than the akhirah and this is evident from our actions. In no shape or form am I discouraging that a person works hard in aspects of life such as their secular education etc, as islam is a complete way of life and a muslim should strive hard for excellence in everything that he does. However I merely want to put this life into perspective. At any moment it can be our time to leave this dunya, we do not know when our book of deeds will be closed and for certain when that time comes every second that you spent in the displeasure of our lord would be sorely regretted. And perhaps it would be better if we knew the calculations for faraid (Islamic inheritance) rather than the theory of relativity. It would be better if we knew the dua for entering the masjid rather than the latest mathematical theorem and it would be better if we knew the procedures of washing, shrouding and the Salaat al-Janazah rather than debate about Freud and Jung.
Work hard in this dunya but work even harder for the hereafter and by striving for the hereafter, the dunya will also fall into your arms and consequently by the mercy of Allaah you will gain eternal peace and contentment. The sahaba were the people who placed their akhirah as crowns on their heads whilst they held the dunya in their hands and when they felt a small displacement of these crowns, they would drop what lay in their hands immediately to fix their crowns.
It is reported that Al-Hasan Al-Basrî often used to say, “O youth! Seek the hereafter, for we often see people pursuing the hereafter and finding it as well as the dunyâ (worldly wellbeing), but we have never seen anyone pursue the dunya and gain the hereafter as well as the dunya.”
Our Lord! Grant us good in this world and good in the Hereafter; and save us from the chastisement of the Fire (of Hell).” 4
May Allaah make us of those who adhere to the islamic boundaries and are successful in this dunya but most importantly in the akhirah.
- From here and above writing taken from – Condemnation of craving for wealth and status by Al hafidh Ibn rajab. May Allaah be pleased with him ↩
- It was recorded by at-Tirmidhi, Ibn Majah and others and it was graded hasan by al-Albani in Sahih al-Jami` as-Sagheer. ↩
- Al-Kahf 18:45 ↩
- Al-Baqarah 2:201 ↩