Materialism – the Deception of our Time


In contemporary society many people are caught up in the pursuit of riches. We live in a materialistic society wherein success is determined by one’s wealth and position, a society in which many people devote all their time and effort to the attainment of a luxurious lifestyle. They labour under the false impression that having material possessions will bring them happiness. The sad reality is that this is not the case as they will never feel that they have enough money. They will continue to seek the pleasures of this world until the time of their death. The folly and futility of such action is clearly highlighted in the Holy Qur’an: “How many gardens and fountains they left behind, and ripe crops and noble residences. What comfort and ease they had delighted in! So it was. Yet We bequeathed these things to another people.[1] The characteristic of man of desiring wealth and material goods has been aptly described in the hadith of the Prophet (saw): “If the son of Adam were given a valley full of gold, he would love to have a second one; and if he were given the second one, he would love to have a third, for nothing fills the belly of Adam’s son except dust. And Allah forgives he who repents to Him.”[2]

One of the primary aspects of a Muslims ‘aqidah is belief in the Hereafter. He knows that this life is only temporary and that there is another more meaningful one still to come. The fleetingness of this world has been vividly portrayed in the Holy Qur’an: “On the Day the see it, it will be as if they had only lingered for the evening or the morning of a single day.“[3] The certitude of the Muslim in the transient nature of this world prevents him from falling into the same trap of gross consumerism to which others may have fallen prey. He is content with whatever portion of this world is his lot, knowing that one day soon he will have to depart and that material gains and riches will be of no avail to him after his death. This is not to say that Muslims should renounce this world and live as monks or hermits, but they should strike a balance between seeking their means of livelihood in this world and preparing for the life yet to come.

[1] Al-Qur’an 44: 25 – 28.

[2] Sahih Bukhari.

[3] Al-Qur’an 79:46.

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One Response to Materialism – the Deception of our Time

  1. Abdul Waleed says:

    I want mutashabihat ul quran

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