Friday 21 July 2023

A man's lust for wealth and honor over religion is more destructive than two wolves among sheep

Today we share a Hadith attributed to Prophet Muhammad ﷺ which is as applicable to men today as it was more than fourteen centuries ago when Prophet Muhammad ﷺ cautioned his companions that wealth will be the FITNA of my Ummat. There are many a hadith attributed to Prophet Muhammad ﷺ, already shared which mention this prophetic warning. 

This Hadith is mentioned Jami` at-Tirmidhi  (Book # 36 Chapters on Zuhd /  كتاب الزهد عن رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم / Chapter # 43 The Hadith: "Two Wolves Free Among Sheep") as Hadith number # 2376

حَدَّثَنَا سُوَيْدُ بْنُ نَصْرٍ، أَخْبَرَنَا عَبْدُ اللَّهِ بْنُ الْمُبَارَكِ، عَنْ زَكَرِيَّا بْنِ أَبِي زَائِدَةَ، عَنْ مُحَمَّدِ بْنِ عَبْدِ الرَّحْمَنِ بْنِ سَعْدِ بْنِ زُرَارَةَ، عَنِ ابْنِ كَعْبِ بْنِ مَالِكٍ الأَنْصَارِيِّ، عَنْ أَبِيهِ، قَالَ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم ‏ "‏ مَا ذِئْبَانِ جَائِعَانِ أُرْسِلاَ فِي غَنَمٍ بِأَفْسَدَ لَهَا مِنْ حِرْصِ الْمَرْءِ عَلَى الْمَالِ وَالشَّرَفِ لِدِينِهِ ‏"‏ ‏.‏ قَالَ أَبُو عِيسَى هَذَا حَدِيثٌ حَسَنٌ صَحِيحٌ ‏.‏ وَيُرْوَى فِي هَذَا الْبَابِ عَنِ ابْنِ عُمَرَ عَنِ النَّبِيِّ صلى الله عليه وسلم وَلاَ يَصِحُّ إِسْنَادُهُ ‏.‏

Ibn Ka'b bin Malik Al-Ansari narrated from his father, that the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said: "Two wolves free among sheep are no more destructive to them than a man's desire for wealth and honor is to his religion." Grade: Sahih (Al-Albani)

In the Hadith reference above, word Zuhd is used. Let me share what this Arabic word means:
Zuhd, (Arabic: “detachment”), in Islam, asceticism. Even though a Muslim is permitted to enjoy fully whatever unforbidden pleasure God bestows on him, Islam nevertheless encourages and praises those who shun luxury in favour of a simple and pious life.
There is no bar in Islam to earn money from lawful means and thereby attain a position in the society, provided this wealth and position of honour is not misused for sinful deeds or activities that take one away from remembrance of ALLAH, for it is Allah Who has blessed upon him this honour and not due to personal endevours of the man.

Unfortunately, the opposite is true for many an influential and wealth Muslims who are more prone to lust for money and position and in attainment of such worldly goals, one sets aside the teachings of Islam by forcibly outstretching their desires. In the process, they harm the interests of other believers who try to earn their livelihood with dignity and honour. We see anchors on media selling away their honour and dignity by supporting the cause of the demagogues and the tyrants and portraying them as innocents for they are paid handsomely for such efforts. Thus, by doing so, they sell their honour and lose moral grounds to be called true believers. That is why Prophet Muhammad ﷺ warned such sellable men to be more destructive to the cause of Islam than the harm wolves make when attacking a herd of sheep.

So, my dear brothers and sisters in Islam, remember that the weighing scale to judge a person by Allah is Taqwa and not worldly gains. We must educate our future generations by abiding by the tenets of Islam by first implanting these on ourselves so that they see us practically implementing and following Divine commandments. This would encourage them to live a life in honesty and Taqwa. May Allah give us strength to inculcate humility to earn Halal money and attain positions which are devoid of lust and show off and do not take us away from our religion. Ameen
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 for making 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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