Blameworthy Competition for the Worldly Things Is Hateful To the Close Friends of Allaah

In The Name of Allaah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy

Imaam Nawawi [rahimahullaah] said:

Know that the one [residing] in the worldly life is a guest and what he [possesses] in his hands is a loan-a guest is a traveller and a loan is to be repaid.  The worldly life is something whose presence is visible- both the pious and evil sinner eat from it. It [i.e. blameworthy competition for the worldly things] is hateful to the [close] friends of Allaah and beloved to the people of dunyah [i.e. those engage in blameworthy competition for it], therefore whoever competes them in that which is beloved to them, they will become angry with him…… up until the Imaam said: The Messenger [sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam] directed a person to abstain [i.e. being covetous] of what the people possess if he wants the people to love him and that he abandons [blameworthy] love of the worldly life because there is nothing in the hands of the people that makes them hate one another and engage in [blameworthy] competition, except the worldly [things] [Sharh Ar’ba’een page: 80]

In his explanation of the ayah [أَلْهَاكُمُ التَّكَاثُرُ –The mutual rivalry for piling up of worldly things diverts you]; Imaam Ibnul Qayyim [rahimahullaah] stated: It every worldly thing by way of which the servant engages in rivalry against others, [such as] wealth, status, slaves, buildings, agriculture, knowledge [sought] for other than sincerity to Allaah, or actions [performed] for other than getting close to Allaah.  [Ighaathatul Lahfaan 1/84]

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