Fair in the Eyes of Men

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// February 17th, 2007 // Blog

Verse 14 from Surah Aal-e-Imran (The Family of Imran):

Fair in the eyes of men is the love of things they covet:
Women and sons;
Heaped-up hoards of gold and silver;
horses branded (for blood and excellence);
and (wealth of) cattle and well-tilled land.
Such are the possessions of this world's life;
but in nearness to Allāh is the best of the goals (to return to).

Upon reading this verse, i couldn't help but think that it is addressed to the wealthy amongst us. Of course, the listed items are desired by all humans, but most of the time those who have already been blessed with great wealth, only seem to want more, as is expressed by the words: “Heaped-up hoards of gold & silver”. Some gold and silver is nice, but heaped-up hoards? That sounds like plain greed to me.

Greed is at the heart of most conflicts, not religion.

If only those who wish to hoard more wealth, would take note of the verses that follow, the world might be a quieter place:

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Say: Shall I give you glad tidings of things Far better than those?
For the righteous are Gardens in nearness to their Lord, with rivers flowing beneath;
therein is their eternal home;
with companions pure (and holy);
and the good pleasure of Allāh.
For in Allāh's sight are (all) His servants,
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(Namely), those who say:
“Our Lord! we have indeed believed: forgive us, then, our sins, and save us from the agony of the Fire;”
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Those who show patience, firmness and self-control;
who are true (in word and deed);
who worship devoutly;
who spend (in the way of Allāh);
and who pray for forgiveness in the early hours of the morning.
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There is no god but He: That is the witness of Allāh, His angels, and those endued with knowledge, standing firm on justice.
There is no god but He, the Exalted in Power, the Wise.

2 Responses to “Fair in the Eyes of Men”

  1. Manas Shaikh says:

    Trouble is, religion as an identity is always vulnerable to be used as a pretext. Even though the motive is different, religious identity, if there is a difference between the two groups whose interests clash, helps them to involve more people into the trouble.

    More people, more hatred, more deaths.

    Even though religiou struggles to overcome this vulnerablity.

    I remember one hadith: Once during some war somebody was defeated by Ali (R). At that moment he spat on the face of Ali. Ali let him go saying “I can kill you in God’s way, but can’t for my personal anger.”

    SubhanAllah.

  2. Daniel says:

    IMuslim, no matter how we might wish to reinterprete history, the fact is that greed and religious differences combined with the instinct for savagery have killed many millions of humans over the millenia and will continue to do so.

    Rearranging our genetics is the only way we’ll ever find real peace. Cheers!

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