Greedy, I see.
Well, have you ever encountered such person? Many a couple of times, right?
Have you recently looked at the mirror, well there you see, we all are greedy at some point, or at something that we truly inclined to whether it’s our favorite food, the love of a person, a thing that we are obsessed with or something even by the knowledge we get.
It has it’s good and bad sides, as everything in this world has, but the greed that we let flip over the bad side that is what we have to be careful with. Why? because it eats up everything inside of us and makes us arrogant and stains everything else in our nafs.
It’s good that you want and are eager to learn knowledge but what is not good is when you keep it all for yourself, what will it cause you if you share a knowledge that Allah has Willed to give you?
Or what can it cause you if you share some of the food that you know back home you have stacks of it at your closet to someone who is so hungry?
Or what will it cause you if you let go of one of your old clothes to someone who lost everything because his or her house was burnt down or that he or she was just really poor?
We have to all realize that blessings given to us are not solely for us, we have to share it. When Allah guides someone, He guides him to the good and brings out the best in him.
He delivers the guided person from evil and fills the heart with goodness.
So it is hard for me to understand that when someone is asked of a question in regards to ahadith, fiqh or anything related to islamic knowledge, we find some people argue or even restrain from answering questions or that they just intend to make it look that the people they are asking doesn’t even know what they are talking.
Greed brings so much negativity in us, that sometimes we tend to misunderstand that eagerness is different from greediness. Au’thubillah.
At this I want to share to you a story during the caliphate of ‘Umar Radiyallahu Anhu.
We all know the ‘Umar personally policed in the markets of Madinah, and he would constantly go to this butcher shop of Az Zubair and observe, and when he notices that a man is buying meat two days in a row, he would hit him with his stick and say,
"[At least for a short while] should you not make your stomach remain hungry for the sake of your neighbor and your cousin (i.e. so that they do not come here only to find that the shop is out of meat)."
Subhan’Allah. Look at the governance of this man, he sees to it that every Muslim can have a taste of what the other Muslim had or has and that they could have take turns.
He also made sure that the prices of the goods at the market are always affordable for every Muslim, so no one could be hungry that every Muslim family had food on their tables.
Allahu’akbar! This is a true leader, indeed during the Khair ul Qurun they paid well justice on the hadith of the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam:
"The similitude of believers in regard to mutual love, affection, fellow-feeling is that of one body; when any limb of it aches, the whole body aches, because of sleeplessness and fever."
[But also we have to take a look that there was that greed for food in that Muslim and with that incident with ‘Umar one would realize and ponder that we are but Muslims and that we have duties upon each other, how can we eat properly when we know there are other Muslims who cannot?]
Please please remember them always in your ad’iyah, you may not be able to spoon feed them but for sure with your ad’iyah, Allah will send some sustenance for them as He always does.
May we become amongst those people who treasures the teachings of Islam and the Messenger of Allah Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam, that we may live accordingly within the Qur’an and Sunnah so that we may live a life full of worship and obedience to the One Who Created our beating hearts, Allah Azza Wa Jall.
Story: Ad-Daur As-Siyaasee lis-Safwah, p. 231