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17 October 2018 CE | 06 Safar 1440 AH
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Hadith Explanation


Valleys Full of Gold


The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “If the son of Adam were given a valley full of gold, he would love to have a second one; and if he were given the second one, he would love to have a third; for nothing fills the belly of Adam's son except dust. And Allah forgives he who repents to Him.” [Bukhari]

Until our remains are mixed with dust (i.e. we die) we continue to compete with each other to amass the pleasures of life. Our condition is that when one desire gets satisfied, we immediately have another lined up for fulfillment. We remain occupied in eating, drinking and trying to have a good time, greedy to acquire more of everything.

Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) cautions us saying: “You are obsessed by greed for more and more until you go down to your graves. Nay, in time you will come to understand! And once again: Nay, in time you will come to understand! Nay, if you could but understand (it) with an understanding (born) of certainty, you would indeed, most surely, behold the blazing fire (of Hell)! In the end you will indeed, most surely, behold it with certainty of sight. And on that Day you will most surely be called to account for what you indulged in!” [The Quran: Surah Takathur]

The pleasures and comforts of this world are nothing more than a test for those who are granted them. Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) wishes to judge how desirous a person is of Jannah, by seeing what price they are willing to pay for it: Do they spend their money, time and resources in Allah’s causes or on their own enjoyment?

He (subhana wa ta’ala) advises those of us whom He has tested by the withholding of wealth: “Never stretch your eyes towards the things We have given to some groups of them to enjoy, so that We put them to test thereby, it being merely the glamour of worldly life. And the bounty of your Lord is much better and more lasting.” [Surah Taha: Ayat 131]

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