Can we enjoy Worldly Pleasures?

by | Jun 21, 2011

Being a Muslim we aim for the afterlife but is enjoying this worldly life Haram? Is it true that a Muslim can’t aim to have a good life with luxuries? These are the questions we are confronted with at some point of our lives. So, what is the solution? The answer lies in the following as.

Hadith:

Narrated by Abu Sa’id Al-KhudriAllah’s Apostle said,

“The thing I am afraid of most for your sake, is the worldly blessings which Allah will bring forth to you.” It was said, “What are the blessings of this world?” The Prophet (saw) said, “The pleasures of the world.” A man said, “Can the good bring forth evil?” The Prophet(saw) kept quiet for a while till we thought that he was being inspired divinely. Then he started removing the sweat from his forehead and said,” Where is the questioner?” That man said, “I (am present).”

Abu Sa’id added: We thanked the man when the result (of his question) was such. The Prophet(saw) said, “Good never brings forth but good. This wealth (of the world) is (like) green and sweet (fruit), and all the vegetation which grows on the bank of a stream either kills or nearly kills the animal that eats too much of it, except the animal that eats the Khadira (a kind of vegetation). Such an animal eats till its stomach is full and then it faces the sun and starts ruminating and then it passes out dung and urine and goes to eat again.

This worldly wealth is (like) sweet (fruit), and if a person earns it (the wealth) in a legal way and spends it properly, then it is an excellent helper, and whoever earns it in an illegal way, he will be like the one who eats but is never satisfied.” [Bukhari]

In this Hadith the reality is explained that the wealth is indeed a human need. And there is no harm in working for it but the catch is from where you take it and where you spend it. IF these two things are right then this wealth is nothing less than a blessing.

As evident by another hadith.

The Prophet Muhammad (saw) said:

“Do not wish to be like anyone, except in two cases: (1) A man whom Allah has given wealth and he spends it righteously. (2) A man whom Allah has given wisdom (knowledge of the Qur’an and the Hadith) and he acts according to it and teaches it to others.” [Bukhari]

This is the true beauty of Islam it provides an objective for attaining anything. So, if you want to be a billionaire then be a pious billionaire and get the best of both worlds 🙂

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