To those who are preoccupied with the life of this world

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Question: [Could you offer] a word of guidance to those who are overly concerned [and preoccupied] with gathering wealth, and [in doing so] overlook [preparing for] the Hereafter?

Response: Allaah Ta’aala said:

{O you who believe! Let not your properties or your children divert you from the remembrance of Allaah. And whosoever does that, then they are the losers.}, soorah al-Munaafiqoon, aayah 9

And He Subhaanahu wa Ta’aala said:

{Therein exalting Him within them…} – [Soorah an-Noor, Aayah 36]
..meaning the mosques.
{in the morning and the evenings, [are] men whom neither trade nor sale distracts from the remembrance of Allaah and performance of as-Salaah and giving of Zakaah.}, soorah an-Noor, aayahs 36-37

And He Subhaanahu wa Ta’aala said:

{O you who have believed, when [the adhaan] is called for the prayer on the day of Jumuʿah [Friday] then proceed to the remembrance of Allaah and leave trade. That is better for you, if you only knew. And when the prayer has been concluded, then disperse within the land and seek from the bounty of Allaah, and remember Allaah often that you may succeed.}, soorah al-Jumu’ah, aayah 9-10

So it is not permissible for a person to occupy himself with [the life of] this world; [rather], the believer…it is not permissible for the believer to occupy himself with [the life of] this world and be negligent of the actions [which will benefit him in] the Hereafter – or leave off the actions [which will benefit him in] the Hereafter, and [as a result] lose out.

Allaah Jalla wa ‘Alaa said:

{…then they are the losers}, soorah al-Munaafiqoon, aayah 9

…and [even] if they possessed all of this world – they are still losers if they squandered their religion, or are negligent in [practising] it.

Translation originally published on 27 April, 2015

He is a graduate of the Islaamic University of Madeenah, having graduated from the Institute of Arabic Language, and later the Faculty of Sharee'ah in 2004. He currently resides in Birmingham, UK.

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