Our Prophet (صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم) was blessed with concise speech. He would say a single sentence and it had the depth as deep as that of an ocean. One such profound hadith which struck me is the following:
“Two hungry wolves let loose among sheep are not more harmful than a person craving after wealth and status is to his Deen (Religion).”
Tirmidhee (Hasan Saheeh)
Imagine two wolves let loose among sheep. Wouldn’t there be a huge massacre? How many sheep do you think will be left alive? If any, do you think they would be physically untouched? Now let us apply this to what our Messenger (صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم) said. A person who craves wealth and status will cause more damage to his deen than these wolves to the sheep. This implies that in such a case, very little of the person’s deen will be left intact, and he will unquestionably be affected by greed.
And you love wealth with immense love.
Wars have been fought, Kings have been assassinated, common folk have been looted and murdered, all for wealth. This same bounty, when used for the pleasure of Allah, can be the biggest asset. But when it is gained and used against the pleasure of Allah, it can become the greatest cause for a person’s destruction in the hereafter.
Women have left the duties Allah has placed upon them and this has resulted in the breakdown of families, moral and spiritual degradation of the next generation and the loss of peace and stability in households. Why have we chosen this lifestyle? The answer is simple- the want for the society to recognize us as independent working women and to have wealth in our hands no matter what it takes. While it is alright for a lady to work in an environment which is Islamically acceptable, we often find ourselves settling for jobs where we know that we might eventually end up losing our deen. The price we pay for the dunya is high. We care very little about free-mixing and the gradual loss of modesty and hijab. A heart which has life in it, which feels guilty over disobedience to Allah, dies over a period of time, and we begin to move further and further away from the mercy of our Maker.
It is not only working excessively towards amassing wealth that kills the deen inside a person- it is the want of fame and reputation too. One of the worst and the most miserable kinds of life that a person can live is seeking the approval and appreciation of people.
“He who thinks that he is free from the criticism of people is a madman for even the Lord of the Worlds Himself has been wrongfully criticised.”
~Imam Ash Shafiee
We will never be able to please everyone in our lives and to work towards attaining it is mere stupidity and destruction. When the love for fame and popularity enters the heart of a person, it kills the sincerity in it, and all that remains is a hollow shell only the outside of which looks pleasing and appealing.
O you who have believed, let not your wealth and your children divert you from remembrance of Allah . And whoever does that – then those are the losers.