What is Your Desire?

What is Your Desire

What are your ambitions, what is your desire? Are you ambitious to be a very rich person? Become a famous person? Become a successful businessman? Become a high official in the government?

Allah ﷻ says,

مَن كَانَ يُرِيدُ الْحَيَاةَ الدُّنْيَا وَزِينَتَهَا نُوَفِّ إِلَيْهِمْ أَعْمَالَهُمْ فِيهَا وَهُمْ فِيهَا لَا يُبْخَسُونَ ۞  أُولَٰئِكَ الَّذِينَ لَيْسَ لَهُمْ فِي الْآخِرَةِ إِلَّا النَّارُ ۖ وَحَبِطَ مَا صَنَعُوا فِيهَا وَبَاطِلٌ مَّا كَانُوا يَعْمَلُونَ ۞

“Whosoever desires the life of the world and its glitter, to them We shall pay in full (the wages of) their deeds therein, and they will have no diminution therein. They are those for whom there is nothing in the Hereafter but Fire, and vain are the deeds they did therein. And of no effect is that which they used to do” [Hud 11:15-16].

The Prophet ﷺ says,

مَنْ كَانَتِ الدُّنْيَا هَمَّهُ ، فَرَّقَ اللهُ عَلَيْهِ أَمْرَهُ ، وَجَعَلَ فَقْرَهُ بَيْنَ عَيْنَيْهِ ِ، وَلَمْ يَأْتِهِ مِنَ الدُّنْيَا إِلَّا مَا كُتِبَ لَهُ ، وَمَنْ كَانَتِ الْآخِرَةُ نِيَّـتَهُ ، جَمَعَ اللهُ أَمْرَهُ ، وَجَعَلَ غِنَاهُ فِيْ قَلْبِهِ ، وَأَتَتْهُ الدُّنْيَا وَهِيَ رَاغِمَةٌ.

“Whoever has the greatest desire is the life of the world, Allah will complicate his affairs. And Allah made poverty before his eyes. And he will not get pleasure in the world except according to what has been determined for him. Whoever has the greatest desire is the afterlife, Allah will carry out his business. And Allah will make his wealth in his heart, and the pleasures of the world will come to him when he does not expect it” [Ahmad, classed as saheeh by Al Albani].

Do you have ambition? Okay. But your biggest ambition should be success in the hereafter. Because whatever you achieve in this world, it will be gone one day. But what you achieve for your hereafter, will continue to exist.


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