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GOOD OF THIS WORLD

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”…You should acquire the worldly gains through such means as are good in themselves and not the means that put others to hardships; these means should also not bring any shame for you…”

“Let nobody think that one should have nothing to do with this world; this is not what I mean. And God also does not forbid the people to acquire worldly gains, rather, Islam restrains its followers from cutting oneself off from the world. This is cowardice. The wider the relations of the believer with the world, the higher are the ranks that he attains to, for, his target is ‘religion’; the world and its belongings are the servants of religion.

The truth is that the acquisition of the worldly gains should not be the sole aim; the real aim should be the acquisition of religion. One should acquire the worldly gains in a way that they can serve the religion. It is as if a man is travelling from one place to the other; he needs a transport and the provision for the journey. As every one can understand, the target of this person is to reach the destination and not the transport or the provision. One should acquire the gains of the world keeping before him the aim of making them the servant of religion.

God the Almighty has taught us the prayer: Rabbana aatina fiddunya hasanatan wa fil aakhirati hasanatan. Here, it is ”this world” that precedes. But what is meant by “this world”. It is hasanatuddunya: that become-the cause of hasanaat in the next world. This prayer makes it quite clear that the good of the next world must be kept in view while acquiring the good of this world. Moreover the words hasanatuddunya draw our attention to all the best means of the acquisition of the good of this world that a believer is expected to use in his worldly affairs. You should acquire the worldly gains through such means as are good in themselves and not the means that put others to hardships; these means should also not bring any shame for you. The acquisition of the worldly gains in this way will definitely become the cause of poor in the next world”.

(Malfoozat Vol. II, pp. 91)

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