I came across this Hadith-e-Nabvi which beautifully highlights the essential teachings of our religion, to which we have closed our eyes, ears, mind and heart to.
Once in a gathering Hazrat Muhammad (SAW) asked some sahaba (RA) “Do you know who a poor person is?” The sahaba (RA) replied that he who has no money and belongings. Hazrat Muhammad (SAW) said “No, in fact poor is the one who on the Day of Judgment will be presented before Allah in such a state that he will have piles of namaz, fasts, hajj, charity and worship with him. However in this world he might have lied to his brother and deceived him, he might have slandered someone, or indulged in backbiting. He might have unjustly used someone’s wealth or property. These people will come one by one and in return for their right, someone will take away his namaz, someone will take away his fasts, someone will take away his hajj while someone will take away his charity, and a time will come when all his good deeds will be finished and still people will remain. Then all the sins of these people will be placed in his account and he will be sent to hell”.
Here two things are clearly indicated. Firstly, that category of people has been identified who apparently follow Allah’s orders and abide by the tenets of Islam but only for ostentation and they deceive people into thinking that they are good. When in reality they do not abstain from wrong acts themselves but condemn others for the very same reasons. These are the people who have double standards, as they do not practice what they preach. They pass judgment about others; yet don’t even try to overcome their own shortcomings. Such people will without doubt face severe consequences on the Day of Judgment.
Secondly the rights as well as good treatment of others which all come under (Haquq-al-Ibad) which is given utmost importance in our religion. On the Day of Judgment we will be held accountable for even the slightest abuse of any relation. However these days, relationships are very low on our priority list. Every where the rights of people are being misused and everyone is simply chasing after worldly gains and matters.
This has lead to a state; where morality is diminishing rapidly in our society, and all the acts that have been mentioned in the Hadith are being practiced today though they are extremely disliked by Allah. Let us take a look at them and also at the references given in the Holy Quran:
1) We don’t think that lying or deceiving someone for our own gains is wrong. It is stated “As for those who sell the faith they owe to Allah and their own plighted word for a small price they shall have no portion in the hereafter: nor will Allah (deign to) speak to them or look at them on the Day of Judgment nor will He cleanse them (of sin); they shall have a grievous penalty.” (3:77)
2) Backbiting is a favorite pastime. It is stated “O ye who believe! avoid suspicion as much (as possible): for suspicion in some cases is a sin: and spy not on each other nor speak ill of each other behind their backs. Would any of you like to eat the flesh of his dead brother? Nay ye would abhor it…but fear Allah: for Allah is Oft-Returning Most Merciful.” (49:12) and it is also stated “Woe to every (kind of) scandal-monger and backbiter.” (104.1)
3) People cheat each other out of money and property, without even feeling any remorse so much so that even brothers’ and sisters’ do it. It is stated “That which ye lay out for increase through the property of (other) people will have no increase with Allah” (30:39) and it is also stated “And do not eat up your property among yourselves for vanities nor use it as bait for the judges with intent that ye may eat up wrongfully and knowingly a little of (other) people’s property.” (2:188)
Therefore even if we are following the five pillars of Islam, yet are doing the above mentioned, then we have not understood our religion at all. So how can a poor nation be successful in this life or the Hereafter?
* I have translated the Hadith myself.