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The Evil of Craving for Wealth and Status



Author: al-Haafidh Ibn Rajab al-Hanbalee

Pgs. 9 – 10

All praise for Allaah, Lord of all the worlds. May Allaah send praises and complete peace until the Day of Recompense upon him, his family and followers and upon all of his Companions.

The Shaikh, the Imaam, the distinguished scholar, Shaikh-ul-Islaam, remainder of the noble Salaf, Zaynuddeen Abul-Faraj ‘Abdur-Rahmaan, son of the Shaikh and the Imaam Shihaabuddeen Ahmad, son of the Shaikh and the Imaam – Ibn Rajab al-Baghdaadee, al-Hanbalee, rahimahullahu ta’ala, said:

Imaam Ahmad, an-Nasaa’ee, at-Tirmidhee and Ibn Hibbaan in his Saheeh report the hadeeth of Ka’b ibn Maalik al-Ansaaree, radiyallaahu ‘anhu, from the Prophet sallalahu ‘alayhe wasallam that he said: “Two hungry wolves let loose among sheep are not more harmful than a persons craving after wealth and status is to his Deen (Religion).” At-Tirmidhee said, “It is hasah saheeh.”

It is also reported from the Prophet sallalahu ‘alayhe wasallam from the hadeeth of Ibn ‘Umar, Ibn ‘Abbaas, Aboo Hurairah, Usaamah ibn Zayd, Jaabir, Aboo Sa’eed al-Khudree and ‘Aasim ibn ‘Adiyy al-Ansaaree, radiyallahu ‘anhum ‘ajma’een.

We have mentioned them all and spoken about them in the book Sharhut-Tirmidhee (Explanation of Tirmidhee).

The wording of the hadeeth of Jaabir, radiyallaahu ‘anhu, is: “Two ravenous wolves which spend the night amongst sheep whose shepherd is absent, will not cause more havoc for the people than will love of status and wealth to a Believer’s Deen.”

In the hadeeth of Ibn ‘Abbaas, radiyallaahu ‘anhu, there occurs, “love of wealth” in place of “craving…”

This is a very great similitude given to us by the Prophet sallalahu ‘alayhe wasallam to show how the Deen of the Muslims is corrupted by craving after wealth and worldly status, and that the damage caused to the Deen by it will not be less than the damage caused by two hungry and ravenous wolves which spend the night amongst sheep whose shepherd is absent – so that they feast on them and massacre them.

As is obvious none but a small number of these sheep would escape from the havoc caused by these hungry wolves – and that the Prophet sallalahu ‘alayhe wasallam informed us that a person’s craving after wealth and status does not cause less harm than these two hungry wolves amongst the sheep. Rather either it will be the same or worse. So this shows that hardly any of a Muslim’s Deen remains secure if he craves after wealth and status in this world – just as hardly any of the sheep will be saved from the hungry wolves. So this great similitude contains a severe warning against the evil of craving after wealth and status in the world.


So pay heed to this great example and spend your time O Muslim, may Allah save you from trials and tribulations, in learning the Religion of Allah the Most High. For verily, knowledge is the most noble of things to be sought in this life.

  1. islamicbasics
    July 29, 2007 at 6:37 pm

    salaamun alaykum

    Jazakallaahu khairan. We seek Allaah’s refuge from a corrupt intention and the fitan of our desires.

    Brother I wanted to know how do you get the ayaat(arabic) to show on your blog?


  2. July 29, 2007 at 6:50 pm

    Wa ‘alaykum salaam wa rahmatullah

    Ameen to your du’a. We ask Allah to make us and you safe from all evil, the evil within ourselves and the evil that Allah created.

    There are a number of websites which have the arabic text of the Qur’aan on them. The one I like in particular is http://www.thenoblequran.com.

    If the arabic text doesnt show up, you have to go to view –> encoding –> Arabic windows. Then you can select the part of the ayah that you need and paste it into word or into a website/blog.

    Ex. If I go to the last ayah in Surah Al-Baqarah. I can only select a portion from that ayah that I need and copy and paste it.

    لاَ يُكَلِّفُ اللّهُ نَفْسًا إِلاَّ وُسْعَهَا

    Allâh burdens not a person beyond his scope. (2:286)

    Hope that helps sister.

  3. July 29, 2007 at 11:10 pm

    It was the page I was copying and pasting for that was the problem I guess. I was avoiding the arabic text in attempt to make my posts short for my readers, but it’s best to post the ayaat to benefit those who can read it. Jazakallaahu khairan


  4. July 29, 2007 at 11:11 pm


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