Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Desire of Riches

The desire of increasing riches diverts you
Untile you come to the graves.
Nay ! you shall now.
Nay ! Nay ! you shall know.
Nay ! if you had known with a certain knowledge !
You should certainly have seen the hell.
Then you shall see it with the eye of certainty.
Then on that day you shall be questioned about the pleasures.

From Quran- The Final Testament. Chapter 102: Riches. // Translation by: Muhammad Ali (1928). In this chapter of the Final Testament, God points out to the worldly desire of human race and competition for riches and materialistic pleasures. It is something that hold us back from being godly on earth. It diverts us from reaching the higher purpose. Coming to the grave here signifies death.

Interestingly these verses revealed to Prophet Muhammad more than 1400 years ago still holds true in our time. Who can deny the fact that, today, whether in the East or the West, this rivalry for wealth has enveloped the whole world in such a thick veil of heedlessness that the thought of death never even crosses the mind of people? And having to stand before God on the day of Judgement and account for their actions on earth is far from their minds, neither do their hearts entertain the slightest concern for the next life.

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