Prophetic Parables – Parable #10 – Chasing After the Dunya

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for salaam alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakaatuh.

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We move on to the next two parables that we have

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from the parables that were given by our Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. Today's two parables revolve around

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the theme of wealth

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being attached to the wealth of the dunya

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and so the first parable

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and both of these parables are found in behati Muslim, they are agreed upon. The first of these parables is

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on the authority of Abu Saeed Al hodari. Or the Allahu

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and Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam a call of hoonah a half who alikum Malou hurry drew la who lecom Minh za harati dunya

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the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam says,

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The thing that I fear for you the most.

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The thing that I fear for you the most is what Allah will bring forth for you of the adornment of the dunya

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the beauty, the glitter, the glamour of the dunya.

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So they said meaning the companions

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or messenger of Allah, what is the adornment of the dunya

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and so he sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, borrow capital or the blessings of the earth, meaning

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whatever the earth gives you, of natural resources, and riches.

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So they said, Oh messenger of Allah,

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can good produce evil?

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And so he sallallaahu Selim responded by saying, good only produces good. He said it three times, good only produces good.

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And then he said that which grows on the banks of a water stream. And this is the example that he's giving us the parable. He says that which grows on the banks of a water stream kills or is about to kill animals that eat it, except the animal which feeds on vegetation.

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Or, you know, the food that is specific to cattle, like hay.

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And so he saw Allahu alayhi wa sallam says, It eats and when it is full,

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it goes and faces the sun. It chews the cud.

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And we'll talk about what that means exactly. It chews the cud and then it urinate and then it defecates, and then after that it returns and eats.

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And then he sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, this wealth is green and sweet.

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So whoever takes it lawfully

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and spends it rightly what a blessing. Good help. It is.

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But whoever takes it wrongfully is like the one who eats, but is never satisfied.

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And so in this Hadith, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam

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mentions a prophecy.

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And the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam mentioned many things that will take place until the day of judgment. And so this comes under one of the signs of the Day of Judgment.

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And so here the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam mentioned to the Sahaba a prophecy. Remember, that the Sahaba

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during the time of the Prophet sallallahu, alayhi wa sallam, even when they were in Medina, they were not, they were not that well off.

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And the Arabs as compared to other civilizations of the world, were, you know,

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not that developed, and did not have the riches that the others had. So the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was giving them a prophecy, that you meaning that same generation of the companions, that you will soon inherit the riches of the world.

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You will have Zahra to dunya, the adornment and the beauty and everything that the world has to offer, the dunya.

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And that prophecy was fulfilled by the companions after the death of the Prophet salallahu, alayhi wasallam, expanding the Islamic empire and conquering

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you know, vast lands, and, you know, empires.

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And so as a result, as a result, the riches of the dounia fell into their hands.

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And these riches, what are they? Or what is the adornment of the dunya? When they asked him, he said, the blessings of the earth, meaning their natural resources, and so panela until today, these natural resources are in the hands of Muslims.

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The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam foretold it. And so oil, which is, you know, one of the most valuable natural resource today is in the hands of Muslims.

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And so here he referred to these riches as a bottle cattle are

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the blessings of the earth. And so there's a hot up, they wondered how something that is referred to as blessings

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could be the source of evil,

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that the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was so afraid of for his own.

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He said, the most out of fear for you. Is this.

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The most that I fear for you for my oma is this. But yet he's Allahu alayhi salam referred to as blessings. So they were wondering, how could something that is blessed? How could it be evil, something that the Prophet sallallahu wasallam is so afraid of for his own man.

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And Allah subhanho wa Taala also refers to wealth

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as being good.

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And so Allah subhanho wa Taala says, What in Who? Lee who Bill hiree Russia did, that man is truly extreme in his love, for a hike

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in his love for good.

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What is the meaning of good here? The scholars of Tafseer they say what it means is wealth.

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That man,

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he loves his wealth,

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And so Allah subhana wa tada referred to it as good. And the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam in this hadith refer to

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the riches and the natural resources of the earth as being blessings. So that's how I wondered how could something which is good and full of blessings, how could it be evil? So they asked the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam does?

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does good produce evil? How could something good produce evil?

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So he answered by saying that real good, real good, only produces good. He said it three times that good can only produce good.

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wealth in most cases does not lead to good.

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In most cases, wealth does not need lead to good, but rather it leads to

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all kinds of tribulations all kinds of fitna. It leads to greed. It leads to

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injustice, oppression

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and attachment to this temporary world,

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while neglecting the after. And that's the reality of, of wealth. there anyone who has wealth and is attached to it.

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He forgets about the after he's attached to what he has presently, in this dunya and it makes him to become heedless of the accuracy. Then the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam presents two parables after that.

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One of a person who chases after the dunya and piles it up, while not spending it rightly.

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And the second of a person who

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does spend his wealth moderately and correctly.

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So what are these two examples, the first

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both of these examples are concerning cattle.

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Both of these examples are concerning livestock, sheep, cows, goats.

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And so cattle are attracted to fresh plants that grow on the banks of river streams.

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So if they eat it,

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they are attracted by it, it's green, it's fresh, and they go after it, and they eat it.

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They'll just keep on eating it

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while not digesting it properly.

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So they become so fat

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some of them die as a result.

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As a result, they die. Because they're in test times they explode.

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While others are on the verge of dying as a prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said in this Hadith, that some of them they die, and others, they are on the verge of dying.

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So this example,

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this example that the Prophet sallallahu, alayhi wasallam gives us is like the one who is attached to the dunya. Chasing after it piling up, piling it up, according it without bothering about, you know, the source of his income.

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This money, where is it coming from? I don't care. Is it from halaal? Is it from her arm, his only concern is that is that, you know, money is coming in. And a lot of it, he doesn't care where it's coming in from.

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On top of that, he does not spend all of that wealth in what is obligatory upon him to spend,

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in fact, to spend on for example, his family,

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or as a cat, to take out from his wealth, what Allah has made obligatory for the poor.

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Or that which is not obligatory, but that which is good, like soda caught, he doesn't care about the needs of the poor, he doesn't, he doesn't use his wealth in the right places.

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So this attraction causes his eventual destruction, this attraction to you know, this wealth, and this dunya it causes his eventual destruction, just like just like the sheep or the cow, that is,

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you know, that is ruined. And that dies

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as a result of eating, eating, eating,

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and not digesting the food properly, it eventually leads to

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you know, those abdominal diseases that are found in cattle,

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and many of them die as a result of that disease. And so this was as a result of,

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it was as a result of being attracted that food on the river side, being attracted to that greenery and craving it, while not realizing that, you know, this thing is harmful for me. Likewise, likewise, the one who is attracted by the dunya

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and chases after it, and indulges in it, he craves it, not realizing, not realizing that this is going to lead to his destruction in this dunya and the next. The second example,

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we come down to the second example that the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam gives

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and this is again, the same cattle This is

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sheep or cows,

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the most beneficial food for it is what it is high quality hay.

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It is high quality hay. And the way that cattle eat, whether they be sheep or cows or whatever

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benefiting from their food and keep keeping them healthy is by first swallowing what they eat into their first stomach.

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And then having the cud

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to return to their mouth to properly chew it, and then digest it.

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This is how this is how cattle they eat. They first swallow whatever they eat.

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And then they bring it back to their mouth to shoe it. And this is known as chewing the curtain.

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So this is exactly what the prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam mentioned in this, Heidi,

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this is exactly what he mentioned

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that the arrow, it'll eat this kind of food, high quality hay.

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And then

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it'll chew it properly. And then it'll digest it. Once it is properly digested, it'll go and sit in the sun.

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And then

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in a very relaxing way, it'll urinate it'll defecate, this is these are the exact words of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam.

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And so as a result, you know, this particular animal that eats in this way,

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and digests in this way, and then releases what he has to release. In this way, his stomach does not explode.

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And then the Prophet sallallahu alayhi, wasallam says, they go back to eating, they go back, and they eat more.

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So this example, is like the one who

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who earns of the dunya. He makes livelihood, he earns of the dunya.

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And he earns it in a lawful way.

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And then he spends his money where it should be spent.

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And he doesn't over indulge.

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He takes of the dunya what he needs. And if he needs or if he wants more than his need,

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then he doesn't keep it to himself. If he's rich, he gives it he gives it he's generous with his wealth.

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And so

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this, basically, this basically keeps him safe from becoming ruined from becoming destroyed. Just like that animal that eats until it is full.

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And then lets out what needs to be laid out.

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Such an animal is safe from being destroyed by those abdominal diseases

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and eventual death.

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And so

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this is a very, very profound parable that the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam gives us concerning these two people.

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And then the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam concluded by saying that this wealth is green and sweet, meaning it's very attractive.

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It's very attractive, just like that greenery is attractive to the cattle.

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This wealth is extremely attractive, and it is sweet. Meaning when you taste this wealth, you know, it's it tastes very good.

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And then he sallallaahu Selim said that, although Yes, this is the reality of the dunya.

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It is green and sweet. But then he said Whoever takes it lawfully, and spends it rightly, what a blessing it is. What a blessing it is, in terms of how it helps a person in his dunya. And then he said, Whoever takes it wrongfully, then he is like the one who eats, but is never satisfied. And so yes, wealth can be good. And it can be a blessing,

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but only for those who earn it lawfully and then spend it rightly as for those who do not, then the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam resemble them to the one who eats and eats and eats, but he never gets full.

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He eats and eats and he never gets four. Among the lessons that we learned from this parable and this hadith

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is, first of all,

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that the Quran and the Sunnah

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is filled with warning after warning of

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The danger of the beauty and the glitter of the dunya that we are so attracted to, and warning us, warning us from becoming attached to it, as it will only harm us in the long run, in the long run, becoming attached to that dunya and just chasing after it and hoarding it. This will only harm us in the long run.

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And so the bottom line is

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the bottom line is

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why it is so harmful.

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Why is it so dangerous? The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam in this hadith said that it is the thing that he fears for his omega most Why is it so harmful and dangerous? Because most of the time, most of the time,

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this wealth in this dunya it causes heedlessness, it causes us to become heedless of why we're here in this dunya

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of where we're going to the Acura it causes us to become heedless of Allah subhanho wa Taala of the commandments of Allah, and so on and so forth. And that is why

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the prophecy of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam in this hadith

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one thing we mentioned that the dunya was opened up for them.

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The dunya was opened up for them. And they had the riches of the dunya. They had all the riches of the dunya, the Sahaba.

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And the second prophecy in the same Hadith, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam saying that

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this is what I fear for you the most. And that is exactly what happened.

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For after the generation of the Sahaba the successive generations, they inherited this wealth,

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and they became attached to it.

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And this caused them to become heedless

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of their Deen it caused them to

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go go astray from their Deen and become attached to the dunya reclining to the dunya.

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And if you were to read history, you would find

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that those who were victorious and conquered

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and conquered lands, they did so with very little.

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They did so with very little in terms of material wealth. They were poor people.

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They didn't have

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the riches of the world.

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So that first generation when they conquered, and they were victorious, they were grateful to Allah subhana wa Tada.

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And they understood the reality of the dunya. And they did not indulge in it.

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And the best example is the example of the Sahaba.

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And, you know, if you were to read

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the various Islamic nations that came throughout history, this is what you find. In the beginning, they were there were nothing when they conquered. But then when you look at the end, when you look at the end of that Islamic State or nation,

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what do we find about the fall of that nation, the fall of that nation was with the last generation, and that generation.

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They had all they had everything of the dunya they were indulging in it. And this is what caused their fall.

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Read history, whether it be the early Islamic

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states, the oma we're the bassia

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the fall of endless the fall of the earth, many Empire, all of them, it's the same story. And so this is why the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, This is what I fear for you the most.

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And so it's not that wealth and dunya is evil in and of itself. But in most cases, it leads to evil. And this is what the prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam was trying to point out in this hadith. The second lesson that we learned from this hadith is that this dunya should only be treated as the means to an end

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and should not become the very end that we aim for.

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Whatever we have of the dunya

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it should only be treated as the means to the end.

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And so the end goal is the end goal is not this dunya but the end goal is

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Unfortunately, most people today,

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it is opposite for them. For them.

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These means or the dunya is not the means for them, but rather the end goal.

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And so all the aim for throughout their lives is how rich can I become?

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How can I own that luxurious car? How can I own that home, and so on and so forth. All they're aiming for is this present life. But the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam, in many various Hadith

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taught us that the dunya should only be treated as the means to that, take what you take what you need of this dunya and do not maximize in your share of it.

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Unless obviously, it was for a noble intention, it was for, you know, a good intention, for example, you want to become rich, because you want to use your wealth

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for that goal of the asset. And so once again, even if you want to become rich, there's nothing wrong with that, but it depends on your intention, it depends on your intention. And so, in the end,

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the intention has to be the same, that this dunya is the means to the end goal of the euro.

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So, whether whether you are rich or poor, this dunya this dunya is a means to the end, and it should not be the other way around. The third and final lesson that we learned from this hadith is the importance of halal earning and spending, the importance of

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where our income is coming from and where it is going to. And so in many various Hadith the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam warned us from consuming, what is haraam?

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And how our, you know, how ROM earnings, how they are, you know, a source of misfortune for us, and not a source of blessing. And so if you want blessing, if you want blessing in your risk in your wealth, then make sure that it is from the right sources, and not from that which is held on. And so any wealth that you have any income that you're making, that is from haraam sources, then there will be no Barack, there will be no blessing in that wealth. Likewise, where your wealth is going to, is it going to her arm?

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Are you spending it in her arm? Where is it going to this is something that we will be questioned about by Allah subhanho wa Taala and so that is why the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam in this hadith mentioned both. He did not just mentioned where is the wealth coming from, but also where is it going to? And so he mentioned

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that the example of

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the second example that he mentioned, is of the person who who earns from what is halaal. And he spends also rightfully

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Kamil Ahmad was born and raised in Toronto, Canada.

He studied at the Islamic University of Madinah where he graduated with a bachelors degree from the faculty of Shariʿah in 2009. He then went on to complete a post-graduate diploma in Dawah from the faculty of Dawah and Usul-ud-Din.

Upon completing his studies in Madinah, he went on to pursue a masters degree in ʿAqidah and Contemporary Ideologies from Qassim University. His research concentrated on the New Atheism and its impact on Muslims.

Besides his academic studies, he has studied various classical texts in different Islamic disciplines under several scholars during his stay in Saudi Arabia.

Over the last decade, he has lectured in various countries and appeared on a number of satellite channels, including Peace TV and Huda TV. He has also been teaching for the Islamic Online University since 2010 where he currently serves as assistant professor for the MAIS (Masters in Islamic Studies) program.

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