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Faqeehul Ummah: Greed and It’s Cure

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Respected Mufti Saheb

Assalamu ‘alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuhu

How can greed be eliminated?

Summary of Reply:

Bismihi Ta‘ala

Respected Brother/Sister

Wa ‘alaikumus salaam warahmatullahi wabarakatuhu

Every person must have the conviction that whatever Allah Ta‘ala has destined for him, he will certainly receive it. Nobody can prevent it. However, he will never get what is not destined for him. Sustenance pursues a person just as his death pursues him. If a person hides in a very strong fortress, then there too his death will find him. In the very same way, a person’s sustenance will reach him wherever he may be. As long as a person has not received all of his sustenance, death will not come to him. Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) has said, “Behold, indeed a soul will never die until it has received all its sustenance.”

Only Allah Ta‘ala knows the reality of the wealth in the people’s possession, that is whether it is from interest, bribery, through usurping someone’s right, charity (received wrongfully) or if it was earned through an unlawful transaction. Allah Ta‘ala alone knows what punishment is destined for such wealth. Thus, when such wealth comes, it comes with its punishment as well. This is just like a person who sees a snake or a scorpion and desires to have it, whereas this is not something to have. The snake will come with its poison and the scorpion will come with its sting. Will any intelligent person desire such a thing? May  Allah Ta‘ala shower us with lawful sustenance which is full of blessing, and may Allah Ta‘ala bless us with the quality of contentment. Otherwise, a person’s greed will never end. (Maktoobaat vol. 1, pg. 26)

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