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© Musjid-ut-Taqwa, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa . E&OE.
Halaal wealth is certainly a great blessing. However unbridled desire for wealth will lead to much transgression of the laws of Allah Ta’ala. Salaah, or performing salaah with jamaat, will be missed due to business. Honesty and fair dealings will become casualties in the quest for more profit. Akhlaaq (good character) will be discarded. Hence people who work around him will be subjected to abuse. Vulgar language will become acceptable “business talk and industrial language”. Relationships will be severed purely on the basis of wealth.
Hence, the damage that unrestrained desire of wealth, power, status, etc. can cause is endless. Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) has encapsulated this in a very concise Hadith wherein he said: “The love (uncurbed desire) for the world is the root to every sin.” Another Hadith describes it in a parable wherein Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “Two hungry wolves cannot cause as much damage to a flock of sheep as the damage that the greed for wealth and position can do to a person’s Deen” (Mishkaat).
The desire for worldly position and status will destroy a person’s hard earned wealth and his Aakhirat (Hereafter). From paying exorbitant amounts for brand labels to squandering vast sums on lavish weddings and functions — everything will be done to enhance one’s “status” in society.
If the people that one is trying to impress are shameless, one will be driven by the desire to fit in with them to also adopt their shamelessness in one’s ways, attire, etc. For example, clothes will be selected on the basis of how much they expose rather than how much they cover!!!
Pietermaritzburg, South Africa