Our Materialistic Lives
Channel: Kamil Ahmad
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But your brothers and sisters,
the world that we live in today
is unlike the world that our forefathers lived in.
The world that we live in today
is a very, very materialistic world.
A very, very materialistic world, where all that we are concerned about
to satisfy our bodily pleasures, and how can we maximize our gains in terms of material gains, and to the media. So the media
and the advertisement industry
has taken control of our minds and our hearts.
And they have portrayed an image
of what each and every single one of us should aspire to become
this ideal image of an ideal person that has everything in this world
and has reached
this level where he has
all that a person should aspire to want.
And so what has this led to
what this has led to first and foremost is that it has caused most of us to focus our lives,
to focus our lives on materialism, on consumerism,
to focus on how we can have more constantly wanting something new, not satisfied with what we have.
When something becomes old, we see a new model. And we say, let us forget about this, this is old, we have to get the new and the latest thing that is out there.
What it has also led to is it has led to many to resort
to credit loans
and drowning in debt.
Most cases in which they are river based deaths. Why? Because if I don't have it,
then this is a means. This is a means for me to have it. You see people who are rich. And you think, well I don't have that I don't have the means to become rich. But this is an easy shortcut.
Also what what it has led to is that it has led to internal internal emptiness as a result of neglecting our soul.
And so when we chase after our bodily pleasure
seeking happiness, outwardly, we forget about the inward happiness. And what this has led to is all kinds of mental disorders, anxieties, depressions.
Also among the things that it has led to is believing
Is that true success is
success in this dunya
and not success as defined by Allah subhanahu wa, do we find even a single area in the Quran that tells us that true success is the success of this dunya no rather every single area in the Quran that mentioned success and the people who are successful
or those who have succeeded in
what it has also led to is heedlessness
forgetting about the temporary nature of this dunya and the eternal nature of the Angkor
Wat it has also led to is weak Eman
and for some for some no Amen at all. A man in the home.
And so Allah subhanahu wa Tada
He wants us to believe in the unseen
He wants us to believe in that which we cannot see today. But what that which we will see tomorrow. He wants us to believe in it today when we cannot see it
before a day comes when we will regret
not believing in what we could not see. And for those as for those
the people have the dunya
for them, all they care about is what they can see.
So this leads to a weakness in our Eman in the home. And for some
it ends up in not believing at all and resorting to atheism and resorting to not believing in life after death.
And finally, what it has led to is that it has led to many worshipping materialism.
Putting their what called their trust in material means and so yes, there are material means in this dunya
that can lead us
to attaining certain things in this dunya
whether it be well
whether it be
curing ourselves of illness, there are these material means that Allah has created but then there are also
the means that come from Allah subhanahu wa taala
and so the people of the dunya who their concern is this material world.
They forget about
those means that come from Allah subhana who went ahead
and they put their trust all of their trust. Only in these material means industry.
But your brothers and sisters Allah subhanahu wa Tada
he mentioned to us a story in the Quran
of two men.
whose only concern was this material world and the other who didn't care about the material world. But what he cared about more was his email.
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Allah subhanahu wa taala tells us give to them the example of the two men, the two companions, one who was a believer and the other who was a disbeliever.
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between these two gardens surrounding these two gardens, deep palm trees, between these two gardens, crops of every kind.
And all of these gardens, both of these gardens and the crops, they would yield their fruit
not preventing, not depriving him of anything.
And then between them there was a river.
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He had other he had other goods and other sources of income, whether it be gold and silver wealth in general
he had everything that a person can aspire to have the dunya
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that he said to his companion, the believing slave, the believer who didn't have what he had, he turned to him. And he said,
I have far more wealth than you. On top of that, I have more strength than you I have more manpower than what you have
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And then he entered his garden.
He saw what he had.
And he said, I don't believe that any of this will ever perish.
And he also said,
I don't think that the Hour will ever be established.
No life after death, no younger.
And even if I am to return to my Lord,
I will have what is far better than what I have in this dunya.
And then Allah subhanahu wa taala goes on to tell us the response of the believer, and how He admonished him, he reminded him of his origin, how you came from dust, you came from nothing. And then Allah subhanho wa Taala is the one who blessed you with all that you have.
And that he reminded him, if Allah wills, He can take all of this away from you. And then Allah tells us that that is exactly what happens.
And so overnight, everything that he had perished, it was gone.
And so what do we learn from the story?
We learn many things. Among the things that we learn from this story is, first of all, that materialism is one of the leading causes of arrogance of pride.
Because once a person has amassed wealth,
he's just looking down on others, like this man.
Among the things that we learn from this story, is that materialistic deception plays a huge role in the denial of Allah.
And in the denial of the world, of the unseen and of life after death.
Most people who deny the existence of Allah or have the existence of life after death, it is because they only believe in what they can see and what they can perceive in this in this life.
this material world has deceived them.
Among the lessons that we learned from this story is that material blessings, they come in they go.
As for Iman, that is the only thing that remains. And so you had two individuals, one who all he cared cared about was his material possessions. Once it was gone, he fell into regret he fell into depression.
But the other individual was a person of Eman and his Eman stayed with him until the day he met Allah subhanahu matar.
Among the lessons that we learned from this story
is a true believer does not become deluded by the material by the materialistic advancements of others.
And so unfortunately,
a disease that exists among many Muslims today
is this mindset, where we look at the materialistic advancement of the West for example, and we think that the reason for that
is something that we're missing
that the reason for that is because of our Islam. This is what has caused us to remain behind because of our deen because of our Eman and that the only way that we will advance is how the advanced by rebelling against the church by leaving their religion aside
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my dear brothers and sisters.
The question is,
how can how can a Muslim survive in this materialistic world that we live in today? A world unlike
unlike ever before,
where we are constantly being bombarded,
day in day out
with the media, with the advertisement industry,
constantly calling us to become attached
to this disappearing dunya that we live in.
The first means that can help us to survive is by reminding ourselves that Allah subhanahu wa Johanna, He created us of two things have a body and a soul.
The body was created from
dust which came from this earth.
As for our souls, it was created by Allah subhanahu wa taala and it came from above it came from him Subhana wa Tada. And so the choice is yours either satisfy what came from this earth and what is returning to this earth or satisfy and purify? What came from Allah and what is going back to Allah subhanho wa Taala
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he calls upon us, asking us why it is that we cling to this earth instead of instead of aspiring for what is with Allah subhanahu wa Tada
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purifying our souls or satisfying our bodies? Allah tells us truly successful are those who purify their souls. And truly the losers those who have lost or those who have corrupted and neglected their souls
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means that will help us.
The second means that will help us
to survive in this materialistic world that we live in, is by reminding ourselves of the temporary nature of this dunya and its enjoyments
the temporary nature of this dunya and its enjoyment, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he gave us his example. And he said,
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that my example compared to the dunya what is my relationship with this dunya it is nothing but like a person who is traveling out into the in the desert
and then he comes across a tree
and he decides to take a rest under this tree in the shade of this tree.
How long will he be there for
an hour less than an hour
and then he gets up and he leaves it
My dear brothers and sisters this is how long we have in this dunya
when we are to compare if we were to compare
how short this dunya is versus the Acura, we will realize that it is not worth chasing after it is not worth investing in rather, what is worth investing in
among the ways
on among the ways that will help us to survive in this material in this materialistic world that we live in is by reminding ourselves of the nearness of death
and how it is fast approaching.
And so Allah subhanho wa Taala reminds us
when we become deceived and we become distracted
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chasing after the dunya amassing this wealth,
it has distracted us. It has distracted us from what is far more important.
When you chase after the dunya you think that you will be here forever and you forget about the fact that death
is very near.
And that's why Allah says until when until you visit the graveyards until you are buried in your grave. Meaning that we will constantly be in this cycle
of chasing after the dunya amassing as much wealth as we can until before we know it.
They will be washing our bodies
and praying our salata janazah and then burying us and then leaving us behind in that grave.
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Among the ways,
among the ways that will help us to survive in this materialistic world, is by being grateful to Allah subhanahu wa Donna for what He has given to you.
And then looking
looking at those less fortunate than you,
not those who have more than you. The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, oh guru ILA men who were us fell Amin Khan, one atom guru Isla man who was our
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he sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, look at those who are below you, those who are less fortunate than you do not look at those who are better off than you. And then he gave the reason for that. He said, Because this will cause you to not be a little
The blessings of Allah upon you. Think about it.
When you look
at the people of the dunya and you look
at those who are rich and affluent
and then you compare yourself to them
what does that do?
It causes you to belittle what you have. And so you start complaining.
And then you start accusing Allah subhanho wa taala, that Allah has not given me anything.
But then when you set your eyes, on the poor and the needy,
on those who are going through all kinds of tests and trials, whether it be financial, whether it be a sickness, whatever calamity, whatever trial it may be, when you look at them and their state,
and then you compare yourself to them.
You say Alhamdulillah you thank Allah subhanahu wata Anna for the numerous unlimited blessings that He has given to you.
Finally, among them among the means that will help us
to survive in this materialistic world that we live in, is by attaching our hearts
to Allah subhanho wa taala.
Into the Islam that Allah subhanho wa Taala has gifted us yes, this Islam,
this deen of Allah subhanho wa Taala
that has become something strange in this world today.
And his followers are looked at as strangers
where every single day we hear
as Muslims leaving Islam or Muslims who no longer appreciate this gift of Allah subhanahu wa taala Muslims who no longer treasure and value, this gift of Allah Subhana
Allah subhanho wa Taala reminds us,
Allah subhanho wa Taala reminds us
of what we should rejoice over. And so the true test of Eman
is to ask yourself
to ask yourself, what do you feel more happy about?
When you gain a little bit of wealth,
or for a little bit of material possessions?
Does that cause you to become happy? Or treasuring and valuing? This Islam that Allah has gifted you with?
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Let it be with the fallible the bounty of Allah, which is interpreted as Islam and let it be with the Mercy of Allah which is interpreted as the Quran. These two things, let it be with Islam and the Quran. Let it be these two things that you rejoice over.
It is far greater than what the people of the dunya amass and gather of the dunya
We ask Allah subhanahu wa taala
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