Is Your Ship Afloat?

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Abu Zainab
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Is Your Ship Afloat?

Post by Abu Zainab » Sun Oct 20, 2013 10:43 am

Assalam alaikum,

The Noble Messenger of Allah, Prophet Muhammad, may Allah bless and greet him, said:--

"BY ALLAH, I AM NOT AFRAID THAT YOU WILL BE POOR, BUT I FEAR THAT WORLDLY WEALTH WILL BE BESTOWED
UPON YOU AS IT WAS BESTOWED UPON THOSE WHO LIVED BEFORE YOU. SO YOU WILL COMPETE AMONGST
YOURSELVES FOR IT, AS THEY COMPETED FOR IT, AND IT WILL DESTROY YOU AS IT DID THEM". [Sahih Bukhari].

Wealth is like water and human beings are like ships. Ships reach their destinations by using water to cover distances. However, if water enters inside the ship, then it causes it to sink. Similarly, if we use wealth to earn Allah's Pleasure and bring us closer to Jannah, there is nothing like it; but if the undue love of wealth enters our hearts, then it destroys us... then we begin to compete with each other for more. Jealousy, ill-will sets in after which it ceases to matter how wealth is earned; by halal or haram means. Thus, the person is destroyed. We seek refuge with Allah, the Glorious, the Merciful, from falling into this situation...

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