x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 21 July 2017

Do not brag of money - one day it will be gone

Don't get too distracted with this life and forget about the one after, Muslims will be advised at today's sermon.

Don't get too distracted with this life and forget about the one after, until death comes to you and you find yourself in your grave, Muslims will be reminded today.

The sermon reflects on the Attakathur (Rivalry) chapter of the Quran and reminds believers of its morals. The chapter starts with: "Rivalry in worldly increase distracteth you, Until ye come to the graves."

The sermon explains: "The most evident point in the chapter is how people are engaged competing in this life and have forgotten about the afterlife."

The Prophet Mohammed has also pointed out the meaninglessness of bragging about money as it will eventually be gone.

He was quoted as saying: "For, by Allah, I do not fear poverty overtaking you, but I fear for you that the world will be spread out for you as it was for those before you and you will contend with each other over it as they did and you will be ruined as they were ruined."

When one establishes a strong trust relationship with Allah, he will reach the ultimate level of faith and will fulfil his human role by working hard in life matters, and yet not get hooked on them and forget about satisfying the creator and seeking His pleasure.

Another hadith quotes the Prophet as saying: "An Israeli man asked another Israeli to lend him 1,000 Dinars. The second man required witnesses. The former replied, 'Allah is sufficient as a witness.' The second said, 'I want a surety.' The former replied, 'Allah is sufficient as a surety.' The second said, 'You are right,' and lent him the money for a certain period.

"When the repayment date was due, the debtor went across the sea in search for a conveyance so that he might reach in time, but he could not find any.

"So, he took a piece of wood and made a hole in it, inserted in it 1,000 Dinars and a letter to the lender and then closed [ie. sealed] the hole tightly. He took the piece of wood to the sea.

"One day the lender came out of his house to see whether a ship had arrived bringing his money, and all of a sudden he saw the piece of wood in which his money had been deposited.

"He took it home to use for fire. When he sawed it, he found his money and the letter inside it."

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