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24 May 2019 CE | 20 Ramadhan 1440 AH
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Hadith Explanation

Same Thing Increases and Decreases Wealth

The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “Remember often the Ender of Pleasures, for truly, it is not remembered in a plentitude save it diminishes it, and not remembered in a dearth save it increases it.” [Nasai]

A person may have a large family, much wealth and good health, but if he begins to seriously consider his death (the ender of pleasures) - the coming of the angel of death, the taking out of his soul, the questioning in the grave, the punishment for those who lived their life heedless - then he cannot help but think that what he has of family and wealth is insignificant. When his life is over, all that will help him are his faith and deeds.

On the other hand, a person who has very little but remembers death often will also feel the insignificance of his situation. Rather than being depressed about his lack of resources, he will realize that what he needs are good deeds to attain a never ending life of happiness and comfort. So he will feel that what he has of worldly fortune is actually more than what he needs, for he does not need any material resources to earn Allah’s pleasure and to prepare for the questioning that begins with death.

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