Mansions That Must Be Demolished
Allah is Just. Allah has provided enough wealth to each nation sufficient for its inhabitants to live blissfully. Some are given more wealth while others are given less; then He gave clear instructions to the well off and thus prepared a just social order so that none in the society may starve.
Unfortunately, those who got more have forgotten the instructions from Allah – they stay concerned just about themselves. While reckoning on the multiplication of money, they have neglected the needy altogether. In pursuit of the beautification of their own mansions, they never think about the poor who long for a hovel to rest. While they worry about the future of their children, they ignore children of the impoverished. Raised walls fortify their homes in order to block out grievances of neighborhoods. In essence, they forget their own responsibilities.
When Prophet Muhammed (PBUH) noticed a hefty gate in front of a companion’s house, he responded “On the day of judgment such structures will bring bad consequences to those who built them”. Upon learning this, the companion approached the Messenger of Allah and greeted him with Salaam. Prophet (PBUH) not only refused to return the greeting, but also turned his face away. The companion rushed home terrified and demolished the gate, to which Prophet (PBUH) responded “May Allah have Mercy on him, May Allah have Mercy on him”.
Those who think only about themselves are described by Prophet (PBUH) as mean persons, while those who lead a self-centered life contented with luxuries are said to be tomfools. Noble are those who shed tears for others, not just in own affairs. Quran reminds us not to puff up in the stillness of selfishness, but to plunge into the abyss of societal affairs.
Luxury and lust for snugness are not reflections of righteousness. While encouraging us to find a fair living and seek bounties of the world, Allah has ordered us to abstain from lavishness. Indeed, lust for luxury can keep us away from the righteous living. Islamic commandment is to live for others, rather than living for ourselves. If you can not love those who live beneath your eyelids, how would you love Allah, the Unseen?
Tempting is the world around us. Bank loans pour in to satisfy our cravings. Home loans, vehicle mortgages, student loans – interest bearing loans are available for any thing and every thing. Bank loans are up for grabs for every stage of real estate. Most people are resorting to bank loans for house construction. Home loan is available for the ones under construction as well as the ones in blue prints. Very few are unwilling to embrace this usurious serpent!
Those who queue up for bank loans have most certainly planned a house beyond their needs. A loan alone would not satisfy those who tend to live up to expectations of others. Life turns peaceful only when one lives up to his own means. Unfortunately, most of us have long lost that habit.
We must listen to what Prophet (PBUH) had warned about house construction. A single statement would be sufficient for a soul searching. He said “If Allah wills devastation to someone, He creates in him interest for cement and bricks. And then he will get indulged in construction of house” (Tabrani : Kabeer 10287, Majumaussavaid 4:70) When Prophet (PBUH) came to know about the mansion of Abbas Bin Abdul Muthalib, his advice was to demolish it. When asked if it was sufficient to sell the house and give the proceeds in charity, he reiterated: “demolish it” (Abu Dawood).
Admonitions of Prophet (PBUH) are very consequential. It is the mansions eructed in our hearts that are to be demolished. Mansions of desires will be demolished from a heart, which is blinded by greed, indulgence and lust for luxury when the light of faith enters in to it.
Many spend millions to make an apartment. Those who showcase pride in the loftiness of their houses or beautification of gates are not hard to find. Those who splurge their entire wealth on a sumptuous house are in effect treating their children unfairly. One of the children would be inheriting that house. Thus, it will be treated as a discrimination from the parent as other children would not be given an equal share.
Prophet Mohammed (PBUH), mercy to the mankind, was one of the poorest men known to the world. For months he lived on raw leaves and plain water. Companions later narrated that their excretions resembled that of animals during those days – height of poverty! The final messenger of God Almighty, noblest of creations, Muhammed (PBUH) used to rest on a rough mat, taking right palm on the cheek as his pillow. Despite hardships, Allah’s Messenger never whined. When he saw an orphan, the kind hearted Prophet wept; when he saw poverty stricken with starving stomach, he grieved in pain. A heart that bears others’ sorrow while trivializing own difficulties is what our beloved Prophet bestowed on us. Despite living through severe poverty, Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) was of good cheer; where do we stand?