Islamic Date

22 Thu al-Qa‘dah

English Date

12 July

Two Wolves

The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said:

“Two wolves free among sheep are no more destructive to them than a man’s desire for wealth and honour is to his religion.” [Jami At-Tirmidhi]

The greatest desire of a Muslim is to obtain the pleasure of Allah (subhana wa ta’ala). Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) put the desire of wealth and honour in us so that we could work for the enormous wealth and the fantastic honour that is waiting for us in Jannah. We should try to purge ourselves of the desire for this-worldly wealth or honour, because it gets in the way of earning these for the never-ending Hereafter.

Wealth is desirable as long as one spends it to earn Allah’s (and only Allah’s) everlasting praise. Both wealth and honour are desirable to the extent that one can continue to live respectably among Muslims and safeguard one’s Deen.