Boasts & Vanity: Earth Swallows Man For Boasting In Fine Clothes – Today We Boast Of Our Riches And Wealth

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From Abu Jabir Abdullah Penabdul

I begin with the Name of Allaah, the Entirely Merciful the Especially Merciful.

Abu Sa’id reported: The Messenger of Allah, (SAW) said, “A man before you left his house wearing two green mantles, boasting in them. Allaah commanded the earth to take him. Verily, he will be buried in it until the Day of Resurrection.” Musnad of Ahmad. The above hadith has been declared Authentic by Shaykh Shu’aib al-Arnaut in Takhreej al-Musnad, hasan by ibn Katheer in his Tafseer.

Alhamdulillaah! As Muslims we are always guided by excellent principles found in both the Qur’an and Sunnah. Nothing of our lives have been left unattended to. In fact, we ourselves have not been left unattended. Allaah says “Does Man think that he will be left neglected” Q75:36

Allaah does not like the arrogant, boastful ones. As He says: “And turn not your face away from men with pride, nor walk in insolence through the earth. Verily, Allaah likes not each arrogant boaster.” Q 31:18

Are we comfortable with Allaah not liking us? The worst thing ever I guess!

Humility is a mark of honor and the station of those who show gratitude to Allaah and who recognize that whatever they have is not by their might nor power but it has been given to them as a test from Allaah.

Allaah also says: “Indeed, He does not like the arrogant.” Qur’an 16:23

If we examine the statement above we will realize that it begins with an emphatic word “Indeed”. Brothers and Sisters, Allaah does like us being arrogant and boastful of the wealth he has tested us with.

We all are guilty of this evil and demonic attitude of wanting to impress others with the wealth that has been given to us as a trust by Allaah. Our wealth is not ours but a trust, how then does it fit in to be proud and arrogant over what we have been made trustees….

“Believe in Allaah and His Messenger (Muhammad SAW), and spend of that whereof He has made you trustees. And such of you as believe and spend (in Allah’s Way), theirs will be a great reward.” Qur’an 57:7

  • …there is no gain in vanity…

Social media has turned us to puppets and slaves to materialism. A Muslim is a humble person.

For wearing clothes, the Prophet (SAW) taught us to say this: “all praise belongs to Allaah, the one who clothed me with this (cloth) and gave it to me without any power and ability from me.” Don’t boast of things you acquired not by your power nor ability. Praise Allaah instead!

Hence, if we are repeatedly asked to remind ourselves that even the clothes we wear are not by our power and ability what more of things like cars and houses. We must be humble or Allaah will disgrace us as He disgraced Qaroon.

  • …this is how to deal with wealth…

“But seek, with that (wealth) which Allaah has bestowed on you, the home of the Hereafter, and forget not your portion of legal enjoyment in this world, and do good as Allaah has been good to you, and seek not mischief in the land.” Qur’an 28:77

Just like many of us today, Allaah says of Qaroon, “He said, “I was only given it because of knowledge I have.” Did he not know that Allah had destroyed before him of generations those who were greater than him in power and greater in accumulation [of wealth]? Qur’an 28:78

Many wished they had the cars others displayed. Allaah says: “So he went forth before his people in his pomp. Those who were desirous of the life of the world, said: “Ah, would that we had the like of what Qarun has been given? Verily! He is the owner of a great fortune.”Q28:79

The reaction of the people of knowledge

“But those who had been given (religious) knowledge said: “Woe to you! The Reward of Allah (in the Hereafter) is better for those who believe & do righteous good deeds, and this none shall attain except those who are patient.” Qur’an 28:80

What is the end of those tested with wealth and are arrogant and boastful?

“So We caused the earth to swallow him and his dwelling place. Then he had no group or party to help him against Allaah, nor was he one of those who could save themselves.” Qur’an 28:81

What was the reaction of those who wished they had the wealth Qaroon displayed?

“And those who had desired his position the day before, began to say: “Know you not that it is Allah Who enlarges the provision or restricts it to whomsoever He pleases of His slaves. Had it not been that Allah was Gracious to us, He could have caused the earth to swallow us up.” Qur’an 28:82

If today we are arrogant and boastful of the wealth that Allaah has enlarged for us, we should also remember that He also can restrict that wealth tomorrow. Safety lies in being humble. Vanity is not from the Sunnah of the Prophet SAW.

“That home of the Hereafter (i.e. Paradise), We shall assign to those who rebel not against the truth with pride and oppression in the land nor do mischief by committing crimes. And the good end is for the Muttaqun (pious).” Qur’an 28:83.

  • …the future looks bleak unless a miracle happens…

We have become a people that copy others. This is the most unfortunate thing amongst us today. We follow every trend except the Sunnah. Sometimes you feel like exiting all social media platforms but then you can use it to spread beneficial knowledge about the Deen. But it’s unfortunate.

To imitate is to suspend the use of the intellect, whereas the intellect has been created for thinking and reasoning. All cultures and trends are cool but Islamic culture. We have lost our identity to the so called civilized world. One day we will look back and thoroughly analyze the gains and loss of being on the social media platforms sadly that day, it will be too late.

We need to wake up. Do not be an agent if destruction. Do not encourage evil on social media. Do not spread it. Do not become slave to Satanic trends. We have lost it as a people only can raise from amongst us those who will be the touch bearers of the true teachings of Islam devoid of imitation and compromise. Our inferiority complex has driven us to the depth of moral decadence. Subhanallaah! Ya salaam!

Inferiority complex at its peak. We need to own ourselves and appreciate ourselves and live our lives as people with unique religion and culture. There is no pride in mortgaging our identity for acceptance or to look civilized.

My brother said “Now it’s our married women sending out their private dances to the social media for accolades. SubhaanAllah. If you leave long enough, you will definitely see things that would make you cry.”

Alien trends not found in our regional cultures not to talk of our Islamic culture. Yet, we want to define our worth by the standards set by these alien trends. When will we be liberated from the shackles of mental colonialism?

Know who you are marrying. Know the family you are marying from. Know the family you are marrying into. Know the perception of life of whom you want to marry. This is a whole generation at stake. No wonder we have broken homes.

We have moral decadence at its peak amongst us, we have a generation that thinks Islam is backward. Wake up and own your family with the price of Islam.

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