al-Takathur · Juz 30 · Qur'an Tafseer

The Result of Loving the World and Heedlessness of the Hereafter

Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala says that everyone is preoccupied by the love of the world, its delights and its adornments. This distracts us from seeking the Hereafter and desiring it. The repentance is delay until death comes to us and we visit the graves, thus becoming its inhabitants.

In Saheeh Al-Bukhari, it is recorded in the Book of Ar-Riqaq (narrations that soften the Heart) from Anas bin Malik, who reported that Ubayy bin Ka`b said, “We used to think that this was a part of the Qur’an until the Ayah was revealed which says;
أَلْهَـكُمُ التَّكَّاثُرُ

“The mutual increase diverts you.” He was referring to the Hadith in which the Prophet said,

لَوْ كَانَ لِابْنِ آدَمَ وَادٍ مِنْ ذَهَب

“If the Son of Adam had a valley of gold, he would desire another like it…”

Imam Ahmad recorded from `Abdullah bin Ash-Shikhkhir that he said, “I came to the Messenger of Allah while he was saying, ‘The mutual increase diverts you. The Son of Adam says, “My wealth, my wealth.” But do you get anything (of benefit) from your wealth except for that which you ate and you finished it, or that which you clothed yourself with and you wore it out, or that which you gave as charity and you have spent it?’” Muslim, At-Tirmidhi and An-Nasa’i also recorded this Hadith.

Al-Bukhari recorded from Anas bin Malik that the Messenger of Allah said, “Three things follow the deceased person, and two of them return while one remains behind with him. The things which follow him are his family, his wealth and his deeds. His family and his wealth return while his deeds remain.” This Hadith has also been recorded by Muslim, At-Tirmidhi and An-Nasa’i.

Imam Ahmad recorded from Anas that the Prophet said,

يَهْرَمُ ابْنُ آدَمَ وَيَبْقَى مِنْهُ اثْنَتَانِ: الْحِرْصُ وَالْأَمَل

“The Son of Adam becomes old with senility, but yet two things remain with him: greed and hope.” Both Al-Bukhari and Muslim recorded this Hadith in the Two Saheehs.

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