Thursday, 1 March 2007

Quick Hadith - 111

Abu Sa’eed Khudri RA narrates that Rasulullah SAW said:

"Verily among the things that I fear upon you after me (my death) is that which will be opened upon you from the glory and beauty of the world."

(So) one person said, "O Prophet of Allah! Can good (spoils of war, etc.) bring evil?" (Upon that question) Rasulullah (SAW) maintained silence and we felt that revelation is descending upon him.

Abu Sa'eed Khudri RA said:

"(Thereafter) Rasulullah (SAW) wiped the sweat from his forehead and said, "Where is the person who asked the question?" as though Rasulullah (SAW) was praising him and (replied the question) saying, "Good (itself) does not bring evil. And verily among the (nutritious) things the spring season grow is that which kills or almost kills (grazing animals) except that grazing animal which eats until its belly blows up, it faces the sun and relieves itself (by excreting and passing urine). It returns and grazes again. (Similarly) This wealth is green and sweet (attractive). So whosoever takes it with its right and places it rightfully, such wealth is indeed helpful. And whosoever takes it without its right is like that person who eats and does not get full (not content) and (such wealth) will be a witness against him on the day of Qiyaamat." " (Mishkat, Mi’raaj)


The glory and beauty of the world is similar to nutritious crops. If the nutritious crops are well used, the nutrients will manifest themselves by way of good health and if abused, they will be detrimental to health.

Similarly, wealth, if well used (according to the guidance of Shari'ah), it will be a means of attaining the pleasure of Allah Ta'ala as well as peace and tranquility to the wealthy person. And if abused (against the guidance of Shari'ah), it will be a means of incurring Allah's wrath as well as grief and agony to the wealthy person.

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