Some of the statements of the scholars about chasing Dunya

Quote: O youth! Seek the hereafter, for we often see people pursuing the hereafter and finding it as well as the dunya (worldly wellbeing), but we have never seen anyone pursue the dunya and gain the hereafter as well as the dunya.

Scholar: Al-Hasan Al-Basree

We find this to be true in our communities in the west. We chase dunya in the name of Dawa. We have wealth but we do not spend it in the way of Allaah.

Ibn Al-Qayyim said,
“Numerous narrations have been transmitted from the rightly guided predecessors where [they have mentioned] that the love of this world is the root of (all) sins and the source of them.” (p. 349)
He said,

“The love of this world and leadership is that which has filled the Hellfire with its inhabitants, and the practice of abstinence as it relates to the life of this world and leadership is that which has filled paradise with its inhabitants.” (p. 349)

We find that the youth here in the west are raised upon seeking leadership and they are put in front of the people before they have ever sat with the Ulema, or had a flock to attend to. They are not encouraged to seek the hereafter but instead are encouraged to seek the Microphone and wealth. 

 Quote: You build that which you will not live in; you work and work and you die in them. You gather up that which you will not consume and you have hopes which you will never have. The people before you got deceived by the dunya so they gathered up homes and wealth…and all it did was take them away from the akhira.

Scholar: Abu Ad-Darda’

Quote: Whoever loves this dunya and is pleased by it, then he should know that love of the akhira is leaving their heart because the two cannot co-exist in one heart.

Scholar: Al-Hasan Al-Basree


Quote: This dunya is like a shadow. If you try to catch it, you will never be able to do so. If you turn your back towards it, it has no choice but to follow you.

Scholar: Ibn Qayyim Al Jawziyyah

I have been told by some of the people that use the sadaqa boxes to chase the wealth of the people, “They do not work anyway”, yet they cling to them hoping for some benefit. These boxes have become like a symbol of hope for the Massajid, so much so that they add additional boxes to the hands of some persons to stand at the door to pressure the people to give before they leave. A shaikh once said, when I asked him about the permissibility of the sadaqa boxes. “How else will the people get the money, La Bas.”

Allaahu Musta’an

Quote: My brothers for the sake of Allah are closer to me than my family. My family reminds me of the dunya and my brothers remind me of the hereafter.

Scholar: Al-Hasan Al-Basree


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