Rasulullah Sallallaahu Alayhi wa Sallam said,
Do not try too much to acquire property or else you will be absorbed by being too enamored with the world.
When I saw this hadith today, it reminded me of something our society is rife with: consumerism, the need for more and more and more. I have a car? I want a better car. I have a better car? I want a newer car. I have a newer car? I want another car. I live in a house perhaps more comfortable than any of my ancestors, especially in terms of warmth, electricity, carpeting? Well, then I need a house with granite counter-tops. Its this ever-downward spiral into convincing ourselves that by having more of everything, we are working towards improving ourselves, and working towards a tighter stranglehold on happiness. But are we really? If we are discontent with what we have, no matter what level we reach, how much have we improved ourselves? Do we really need to improve our material condition as much as we need to improve our spiritual condition? Moderation in product-acquisition might actually yield greater happiness…not to mention less debt!
In being in love with this world, do we not often forget our responsibilities to our Creator? Not to mention forgetting our duties to our fellow humankind? Being so wrapped up in pursuing the latest Apple iCreation leaves very little thought and time for making duaa for all our fellow Muslims in distress, does it not? SubhanAllah, the wisdom of our Nabi encapsulated all the problems of modern-day consumerism…1400 years ago. Pretty good for a religion constantly maligned to be archaic, eh?