Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Evils of Luxury.

Shaikh Bin ‘Uthaymeen (rahimahu Allah) said:
“Whenever people choose to increase in luxury and open (their desires) to people, the evils will also increase upon them. It is luxury which ruins a person and when a person seeks luxury and comforting his body, he will forget to comfort his heart, and then his biggest concern becomes the comfort of his body which will inevitably end up rotten and eaten by worms. This is the real calamity and the harm which has caused people today as you will not find anyone except that he says, “What is our palace? What is our car? What is our bed?” Even the ones studying to seek knowledge, some of them study for the sake of gaining a position or salary so that it can lead them to the comfort of this world as if it were not that people were created for a great cause, and this worldly comfort is but a means.
Shaikh Al-Islam, Ibn Taymiyyah (rahimahu Allah) said: “A person should use his money the way he uses his donkey to ride on or the way he uses the bathroom to relieve himself.”
So do not allow money to be your biggest concern but rather, ride (take control of) your money, because if you do not ride it, it will ride you and make the world your concern. This is why we say: Whenever the world opens up to people, and they start looking at it, they will start losing the Hereafter as much as they seek of this world, the Prophet (salah allahu ‘alayhi wa salam) said: “By Allah, it is not poverty that I fear for you, but I fear that this world will be spread out in front of you as it was spread out in front of those before you, and then you will vie for it as they vied for it, and it will destroy you as it destroyed them.” [Agreed upon]
The Prophet (salah allahu ‘alayhi wa salam) has spoken the truth, what has ruined people today is their competitiveness over (seeking the pleasures) of this world as if they were created for it and it was created for them, so they were distracted by what was created for them rather what they were created for.”
[Sharh Riyadh Al-Saliheen]

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