You’ll often hear that ‘Love makes the World go round’ or ‘Love conquers all’ or ‘Money makes the World go round’ – basically, statements that assume that love and money can get you whatever you need in this life. To a degree, that’s probably true. If you desire the materialism of this life, then you might see money as a priority for you. If you’re motivated by love, then you will go in search for this and your life will revolve around this.
The real truth of the matter is that Obedience to Allah is what makes the world go round. Your lives are determined by your choices; the best of these choices are to choose to obey Allah. Submitting to Allah is not a bad thing. It is nothing like submitting to another human being or another creation. When you submit to Allah, you are not going to have your rights abused, you are not going to lose out in any way but you will be tested and these tests will separate the true believers from those who are hypocrites and pretenders.
“Surely I Have Created all that is on earth as its ornaments that I May Test which of them is best in conduct.” [Qur’an 18:7]
By Obeying and Submitting to Allah, you stand to gain in ways that you will not imagine nor foresee – you may get love, you may get money, you may get material things but the most important thing is to realise that the greatest success from Allah is to be Granted entry into Paradise and to see the Face of Allah, when He Permits.
So the next time someone tells you that love is everything or money is everything, you can tell them, that’s not true, that they are being deceived by shaytaan and that they are chasing something that either won’t benefit them or will only benefit them for a short time.
Having said that, this doesn’t mean that Muslims should live loveless lives or be poor – love and money are Blessings from Allah and there are hadiths that support spreading love amongst your brothers and sisters in the ummah and the spreading of wealth in charity or to benefit yourself and those around you and less fortunate than you, are all virtuous things. Below are some ahadith about love and money.
‘Abdullah ibn ‘Amr ibn al-‘As reported that the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, “The best of companions in the sight of Allah Almighty is the best of them towards his companion, and the best of neighbours in the sight of Allah is the best of them towards his neighbour.” [Bukhari]
Abu Hurayra that the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, “By the One in whose hand my soul is, you will not enter the Garden until you submit. You will not submit until you love one another. Extend the greeting to one another and you will love one another. Beware of hatred, for it is the razor. I do not tell you that it shaves the hair, but it shaves away the deen.” [Bukhari]
Abu Hurayra reported that the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, “A man visited a brother of his in a village, so Allah put an angel in wait for him on the road. He asked, ‘Where are you going?’ He replied, ‘To a brother of mine in this village.’ He said, ‘Is he responsible for some blessing you have?’ He said, ‘No, I love him for Allah.’ He said, ‘I am a messenger of Allah to you. Allah loves you as you love him.'” [Bukhari]
Al-Miqdam ibn Ma’dikarib reported that the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, “When one of you has love for his brother, he should inform him that he loves him.” [Bukhari]
Thawban reported that the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, “The best dinar a man spends is the dinar which he spends on his family, the dinar which he spends on his companions in the Way of Allah, and the dinar which he spends on his riding animal in the Way of Allah.”[Bukhari]
Abu Hurayra reported that the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, “There are four dinars: a dinar which you give to a poor person, a dinar you give to free a slave, a dinar you spend in the Way of Allah, and a dinar which you spend on your family. The best of them is the dinar which you spend on your family.” [Bukhari]
However we should not chase these things. Rather, we should chase the pleasure and approval of Allah – in doing this, everything else follows.
“I Did Not Create the jinn and mankind except that they should worship Me.” [Qur’an 51:56]
“There are among men those who worship others besides Allah as equals to Him. They love them as only Allah should be loved. But those who believe have a stronger love for Allah.” [Qur’an 2:165]
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