Fruits for the Week

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The Prophet (saw) said: “O people! Verily Allah is pure, and He only accepts what is pure. Allah commands the believers with that with which He commanded the Messengers, and He says: ‘O Messengers, eat from the good foods and do righteous deeds.’ (Qur’an 23: 51). Allah (swt) also mentioned: ‘O you who have believed, eat from the good things which We have provided for you, and be grateful to Allah if it is (indeed) Him that you worship.’ (Qur’an 2: 172). Then the Prophet (saw) mentioned (the case of) a man on a long journey, who is disheveled and dusty, who lifts his hands to the sky (in supplication saying): ‘O Lord! O Lord! All the while, his food is unlawful, his drink is unlawful, his clothing is unlawful, and he is nourished with unlawful things. How can he be responded to for that?’” (Muslim)

Allah (swt) said: “And my guidance cannot come except from Allah, in Him I trust and unto Him I repent.” (Qur’an 11: 88), and said: “You alone we worship, and You alone we ask for help.” (Qur’an 1: 5)

The Prophet (saw) said: “Two hungry wolves let loose among sheep are no more harmful to them than a man’s craving of wealth and status are to his religion.” (Tirmidhi and Ibn Hibban)

The craving for wealth and status is more harmful to one’s religion than two hungry wolves are to sheep without a shepherd. The wolves will obviously devour the sheep, whose fluffy white coats will become stained with blood. By the same token, one’s adherence to the religion will suffer great consequences.