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Islam and Materialism – Part 3

Jul 13, 2021

وَيَوْمَ تَقُومُ السَّاعَةُ يُقْسِمُ الْمُجْرِمُونَ مَا لَبِثُوا غَيْرَ سَاعَةٍ كَذَلِكَ كَانُوا يُؤْفَكُونَ

He it is who will cause you to die, and in time will resurrect you. And when the Last Hour dawns, those who had been lost in sin will swear that they had not tarried (on earth) longer than an hour: thus are they ever deluded. [Surah Ar – Rum, 30:55]
This Noble verse makes two points very clear. One is that our life in this transitory world is a fact and the other and more important point is that it definitely has a purpose. Studying the purpose of life leads you towards the ‘fact of this worldly life’. In many places the Holy Quraan has made this point clear by giving examples of the past historic events. Wealth of Shaddad and Fir’aun (Pharoah) and persons of their categories and ideologies perished. They left this world with their own deeds and they are tasting what they have done in this world.

The materialistic world has dragged mankind in the race to unlimited desire, to achieve more and more which results in a disgraceful life of crime, abuse and all family and social misbehaviour. Islam is undoubtedly the only solution for these problems, for, it teaches not only about this worldly life’s achievements, but it also teaches mankind to be Allah conscious (Taqwa).

Suratul Humazah makes it abundantly clear to man that on the day of Qiyamah we will realise that the accumulation of the wealth of this world was not the greatest glory.

وَيْلٌ لِّكُلِّ هُمَزَةٍ لُّمَزَةٍ
Woe unto every slanderer, fault-finder!

الَّذِي جَمَعَ مَالًا وَعَدَّدَهُ
(Woe unto him) who amasses wealth and counts it a safeguard,

يَحْسَبُ أَنَّ مَالَهُ أَخْلَدَهُ
Thinking that his wealth will make him live forever!

كَلَّا لَيُنبَذَنَّ فِي الْحُطَمَةِ
Nay, but (in the life to come) he shall indeed be abandoned to crushing torment!

Reference in this verse is made to the back-biters and the hoarders of wealth, and in turn it is a warning too that whatever one possesses of materialistic values shall not remain with him forever, for he has to pass away from this world empty-handed as a destitute. Those who think otherwise are fooled by their imagination. Also if such acquirement is made lawfully, man is still accountable to Allah about its proper disbursement and disposal.

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