Ahadith – What Do You Crave?

May 13, 2011

Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam- May Allah grant him peace) said, “May he be miserable, the worshiper of the dinar and dirham, and the worshiper of the striped silk cloak. If he is given anything, he is satisfied; but if not, he is unsatisfied”. [Al-Bukhari]

Commentary: “A slave of dinar and dirham and silk cloaks (clothes)” here means a person who prefers these things to the Divine injunctions and commands and strives day and night to amass worldly goods. Instead of worshiping Allah, he worships such things and is thus guilty of worship of others besides Allah, a condition which causes his ruin.

479. `Abdullah bin Mas`ud (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “Do not crave for property lest you should be absorbed in the desire of worldly life.” [At-Tirmidhi]

Commentary: One should not be so engrossed in them to the extent that, they become the sole purpose of one’s life and all one’s efforts are exhausted to acquire them, thus forgetting all about the Hereafter. To the extent of one’s genuine needs and self-sufficiency, making and maintaining of property, land, industry, agriculture and commerce come in permissible acts. None of them is forbidden provided the means employed for making and maintaining them are fair and do not distract one’s attention from Allah and the Hereafter.

A 2 min reminder of never to lose hope by Br. Wisam Sharieff 🙂 : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QMR3Ti9khtg&feature=related

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