Prayers of the Pious – Episode 09 – The Greed of the Soul

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Omar Suleiman

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In today’s episode, Sh. Omar Suleiman talks about the supplication of Abdulrahman ibn ‘Auf, one of the richest men at the time of the Prophet ﷺ, and how to refrain from the temptations of greed ourselves.
[ Day 9 Du’a ] اللَّهُمَّ قِنِي شُحَّ نَفْسِي
“O Allah, protect me from the greed of my soul!”

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So now I want to come on I want to live with a cat. So welcome back to prayers of the pious.

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Many of the times when you look at the fears of the prophets and the fears of the companions and the fears of the righteous, you see that they actually fear things that wouldn't make sense to us because they were so good at

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so many things. And they were so far away from the evil traits that they feared falling into, that it almost doesn't make sense. And that's really because of the standards that they held for themselves. So but on him It has some Abraham has called us to do the truthful one, but it brought him on as and I'm fear, dishonesty, money. My name is Salaam Ali Hassan has the most modest and have them all, the greatest and purest woman of them all. But she feared immodesty perhaps more than anyone else. And that really just speaks to the standards that these people have. So when you think of a rich companion, the richest companion that you could think of it's probably been over the

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allotted time. And he's a man who is known for his great generosity, I'm the amount of money I would bring caravans back to Medina. And there would be so much that he would come back with the people would actually think that Medina was under occupation that there was an army that was attacking, and he constantly just just gave and gave and gave, so that he could make a case to Allah subhana wa tada to not just provide more for him in this world that he may continue to give, but that he would enter him into paradise by his generosity. So he was observed making this one supplication in full off, over and over and over again Niazi to Allah, meaning he would not do anything but this.

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Imagine this man, this generous man walking across or walking around the Kaaba seven times, and the only drop he makes is Allahu mfine Shu Han FC Allahumma pinnae Shanahan FC alumna Penny Shaheen FC, a lot protect me from the greed of my soul or law, protect me from the greed of my soul. Allah protect me from the greed of my soul. And he was asked why he was only making that. He said, because if I'm protected from the greed of myself, as any one of us look, what am I trying to say that I would not steal, I would not commit adultery, and I would not do anything evil. Now what he meant by that is, first and foremost, there's greed, in the obvious sense that a person becomes greedy with

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their money. And so they start to cheat people, they start to take advantage of people, they start to exploit people, even when they don't need to, and the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam said that if the son of Adam was given a valley of golden, he would want a second valley of golden if he's given two valleys of gold, he tried to convert it into three valleys of golden, he would never be satisfied, until he has dirt in his mouth, meaning he would continue to always want more and more and more and more. So that's one form of greed. But what I'm not even really talking about is that a person who's in spiritual poverty is just like one who's in financial poverty, and starts to exploit

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people as a result of that, or starts to do things as a result of that, that are unethical. And I should clarify here that I'm not talking about the poor, but a person who always feels like they're in poverty, even though they may have a lot. And so they start to do things that are unethical and that are wrong. and in this situation, that's what I'm recommending. And overall, the a lot of time he was talking about that we send out of a feeling of, of emptiness. And we sin when there's a void that's not properly being filled. And often that same emotion that triggers exploitation in the financial sense, allows a person to do things that are that are well beyond the bounds of decency,

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for their self and for their soul as well. So this is a draft that we should learn. This is a draft that we should say, along the penny, sure enough, see, Oh Allah protect me from the greed of myself whether that greed is financial, or whether that greed is emotional, whatever greed that is that would cause me to transgress, and that would cause me to desire or to or to try to attain more than what Allah subhanaw taala has written for me in a way that is not pleasing to Him a llama. I mean, does that malachite on inshallah Tada, I will see you next time. Listen, I'm like monumental. I'm an accountant.