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Monday 24 October 2022

Lust of Man for Money is Endless (Hadith Prophet Muhammad ﷺ)

Earning money is the right of everyman for his sustenance and that of his family. Man has been tilling lands, doing trade and business from time immemorial. The legitimate earning of money is never objected to in societies and communities. However, it is the illegitimate amassing of money that is always looked down upon for man can go to any extent to satisfy his needs to have more. 

The illegitimate gathering of money, not authorized by the law; not in accordance with accepted standards or rules, creates many ills in society and deprives means of sustenance of those who want to make ends meet the right way. Men amassing money are usually evil minded, criminals and heartless and with no fear of God and the end day when every man will be asked for his acts and those failing will be prosecuted severely.

Prophet of Allah has always forbidden man to go for illegitimate means of money and to harness his lust for more while depriving others of the any means to earn rightfully. Ibn `Abbas has been quoted in Sahih al-Bukhari (To make the Heart Tender (Ar-Riqaq) - كتاب الرقاق ) : Hadith 6436 mentioning what he heard from Prophet Muhammad ﷺ: 

حَدَّثَنَا أَبُو عَاصِمٍ، عَنِ ابْنِ جُرَيْجٍ، عَنْ عَطَاءٍ، قَالَ سَمِعْتُ ابْنَ عَبَّاسٍ ـ رضى الله عنهما ـ يَقُولُ سَمِعْتُ النَّبِيَّ صلى الله عليه وسلم يَقُولُ ‏ "‏ لَوْ كَانَ لاِبْنِ آدَمَ وَادِيَانِ مِنْ مَالٍ لاَبْتَغَى ثَالِثًا، وَلاَ يَمْلأُ جَوْفَ ابْنِ آدَمَ إِلاَّ التُّرَابُ، وَيَتُوبُ اللَّهُ عَلَى مَنْ تَابَ ‏"‏‏.‏

 Ibn `Abbas says: I heard the Prophet (ﷺ) saying, "If the son of Adam (the human being) had two valleys of money, he would wish for a third, for nothing can fill the belly of Adam's son except dust, and Allah forgives him who repents to Him."

The above quoted Hadith shows that only dust can fill the lust of man if his lust continues to be unsatisfied. It is a shame that many a man are pursuant of illegitimate money today, even the Muslims and they forget about the consequences of illegitimately amassed money. But those who one day realize that they have wronged themselves and society, surrender the ill-gotten money, may hope to be forgiven and their repentance accepted. May Allah help us to be the rightful earner of our livelihood and be contented with whatever is earned, no matter how meager, for rightfully earned money brings more blessings and peace of mind.
May Allāh (سبحانه و تعالى‎) help us understand Qur'ān and follow the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ, which is embodiment of commandments of Allah contained in the Qur'ān. May Allah help us to be like the ones He loves and let our lives be lived helping others and not making others' lives miserable or unlivable. May all our wrong doings, whether intentional or unintentional, be forgiven before the angel of death knocks on our door.  
وَمَا عَلَيۡنَاۤ اِلَّا الۡبَلٰغُ الۡمُبِيۡنُ‏ 
(36:17) and our duty is no more than to clearly convey the Message.”
That is Our duty is only to convey to you the message that Allah has entrusted us with. Then it is for you to accept it or reject it. We have not been made responsible to make you accept it forcibly, And if you do not accept it, we shall not be seized in consequence of your disbelief, You will yourselves be answerable for your actions on Day of Resurrection.

May Allah forgive me if my posts ever imply a piety far greater than I possess. I am most in need of guidance.

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