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16 June 2019 CE | 13 Shawwal 1440 AH
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Hadith Explanation

Wasted on Lavish Buildings

The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “A person will be rewarded for all his spending, except for (what he spends) on dust,” or he said, “on building.” [Sunan Ibn Majah]

The main purpose of a house is to provide protection from the rain and sun, to guard one’s private life, and to regard the rulings of Hijab. These benefits can be achieved by simple houses as well as by large, decorated and expensive ones. So, spending lavishly on houses is useless.

The Sahabah would make for themselves houses for which they needed no one’s help to construct and for whose construction their bare hands would suffice! What would they say to us were they to see our marble flooring and chandeliers? Perhaps they would wonder if we really were Muslims or not. Since a person’s heart is where his wealth is, it is no wonder that they were able to leave their hearths and homes in the Path of Allah but we are not able to do so.

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