Praise be to Allah,
Ibn ‘Abbas and Anas bin Malik (May Allah be pleased with them) reported: Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, “If a son of Adam were to own a valley full of gold, he would desire to have two. Nothing can fill his mouth except the earth (of the grave). Allah turns with mercy to him who turns to Him in repentance”.
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].
This Hadith deals with man’s greed and his lust for material wealth. Only the person who has perfect Faith can save himself from it.
Shaykh Uthaymeen says,
The hadeeth is from Abdullah bin Abbass (may Allah be pleased with them both) and its meaning is: That the son of Adam will never be satisfied with wealth. Even if he has a valley-full of wealth, “he will crave”: i.e., he would seek to have two: Nothing can fill his belly except the earth. And that will be when he dies and is buried; when he would have abandoned the world and its contents. At that moment, he will be content since they would have eluded him.
Even at that, the Messenger (PBUH) encouraged seeking repentance. This is because, in most cases, the individual seriously desirous of wealth does not avoid seeking wealth through unlawful means! However, the cure for that is turning to Allah in repentance. So, he – peace and blessings be upon him – said: “Allah turns with mercy to him who turns to Him in repentance.” Hence, whoever repents from his evils – even if these inequities are related to wealth – surely, Allah will forgive him.
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