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24 July 2017 CE | 01 Dhul-Qadah 1438 AH
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Hadith Explanation

What Your Heart Desires

Rasul Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “The situation of this Ummah (Muslims) is similar to four people: “(1) A person that Allah has given property and knowledge to who uses his wealth according to his knowledge. (2) A person whom Allah has granted knowledge to, but not wealth. He prays to Allah: ‘O My Lord! If I had richness like that person I would also do like him.’ So he gets the reward of the first one and they become equal in merit. (3) A person that Allah has given wealth to but not knowledge. He spends his riches as a rebel to Allah. (4) A person that Allah has given neither wealth nor knowledge to. He tells Allah: ‘If I had wealth like that person I would also spend it on sinful acts like he does.’ So the two of them become equal in committing sin.” [Ibn Majah, Tirmidhi]

This hadith is a serious call for us to examine what is in our hearts and what it is that we secretly desire.

The most highly rewarded are those who have wealth which they spend Fee Sabeel Allah (in Allah’s Path). Some people do not have much money but sincerely feel that if only they did they too would spend it in Allah’s Path. They wish that they too could give as much as those others are giving to make Allah’s Deen strong. Such people get the reward of spending as much money as they wished that they could spend! Without doing anything except wishing, they get the same reward as the ones who are generous in discharging their responsibilities towards Allah’s Deen.

On the other hand, there are people who spend money on music, movies, concerts, or in holidaying and entertainment wherein Allah’s boundaries are not respected, or extravagance in food and clothing. If, when we see such people, we wish that we too had money to spend as they are spending, then we get the same sin as those actually spending the money in disobedience to Allah (subhana wa ta’ala).

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