I am living in the society of materialistic. Every time I turn around people will talk about what they have and what I don't have in things. Their standard of life is the more materials or technologies in the term of electronic appliances you have the better you are.
Narrated Sahl bin Sa'd: I heard Ibn Az-Zubair who was on the pulpit at Mecca, delivering a sermon, saying, "O men! The Prophet used to say, "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." Ubai said, "We considered this as a saying from the Qur'an till the Sura (beginning with) 'The mutual rivalry for piling up of worldly things diverts you..' (102.1) was revealed." (Book #76, Hadith #446)
I am so sad that people around me are not religiously discuss about their spiritual life because they are so busy talk about things.
Materialistic world can leads to the love of this world. They are so into it until neglected the after life. Although they realise that there is an eternal life after this world, yet they would prefer this world. This life have made them blind to see the real life which is in hereafter.
That is because they loved and preferred the life of this world over that of the Hereafter. And Allah guides not the people who disbelieve. ( سورة النحل , An-Nahl, Chapter #16, Verse #107)
Materialistic life only creates ego which is feeling pride or superiority than others. This is so true in my recent experienced. I am not shy to say that I bought things at secondhand shop and swap market. I recycle, reuse and reduce. And this guy with his ego said that he would never buy things at this kind of places.
"And turn not your face away from men with pride, nor walk in insolence through the earth. Verily, Allah likes not each arrogant boaster. ( سورة لقمان , Luqman, Chapter #31, Verse #18)
Then he walked in full pride to his family admiring himself! ( سورة القيامة , Al-Qiyama, Chapter #75, Verse #33)
Materialistic life is a trap to riba. It doesn't matter if you don't have money. You can always charged the things you bought with credit cards. Buy now pay later! Today people can only afford to buy things with credit cards which involved interest. No wonder debts are increasing.
Reserve Bank of Australia statistics for August show Australian credit card holders owe a total of $21.5 billion, up more than $100 million from July. The average owed on each card is about $2235, up slightly from the previous month's $2224.
It seems that people around me are not aware the ruling of riba in Islam. If they are aware of it there is not enough taqwa or fear of Allah. This people don't feel guilty involved in sins.
Those who eat Riba (usury) will not stand (on the Day of Resurrection) except like the standing of a person beaten by Shaitan (Satan) leading him to insanity. That is because they say: "Trading is only like Riba (usury)," whereas Allah has permitted trading and forbidden Riba (usury). So whosoever receives an admonition from his Lord and stops eating Riba (usury) shall not be punished for the past; his case is for Allah (to judge); but whoever returns (to Riba (usury)), such are the dwellers of the Fire - they will abide therein. ( سورة البقرة , Al-Baqara, Chapter #2, Verse #275)
Narrated 'Aun bin Abu Juhaifa: My father bought a slave who practiced the profession of cupping. (My father broke the slave's instruments of cupping). I asked my father why he had done so. He replied, "The Prophet forbade the acceptance of the price of a dog or blood, and also forbade the profession of tattooing, getting tattooed and receiving or giving Riba, (usury), and cursed the picture-makers." (Book #34, Hadith #299)
I ask Allah to protect my life form being materialistic. I ask Allah to give me companions who would remind me about You. I ask Allah to make me love the world of hereafter. I ask Allah to make me His humble servant. I ask Allah to protect me from riba. Ameen.