Wolves in sheeps’ clothing
Whilst on hajj, one thing which was literally everywhere from every shop window to every city, to that of every Saudi riyal was the images of the kings. It seemed as if it was obligatory to display images of the kings somewhere on the building(s) otherwise you were seen as a rebel bent on bringing down the dynasty!
Having been exposed to these images of the kings for over a month, it does to some extent leave a mental image in your mind. So, when I came back and had sufficient rest. I researched into the saud family. – How they came to power and their influence on the kingdom.
Earlier on today I was watching a documentary on the saud family and how they came to rule the Arabian peninsula. Abdul azeez bin al saud the founding father of the dynasty went through the think and thin to make his family dominant in the peninsula. However, it’s sad to say that apart from his son Faisal, who had the intellectual capabilities to rule, all the rest are no good at all. When they were young and had time to spare, all of them were playboys. All of them were heavy into drinking and gambling. Al saud bin Abdul azeez bin al saud – the eldest son of abdul azeez bin al saud, was a guy who would have lavish parties the costs of which would go into their millions. Building palaces after palaces. He almost caused the family of saud to go into bankruptcy and as a country, Saudia Arabia went into having huge deficit! (This post is mostly a reminder to myself than anyone else).
During the course of the documentary, a thought which entered my mind was; if I had such wealth and facilities available to me, I would not have done such heinous sins. Instead I would have spent my time, energy and money on propagating the message of islam with all the wealth available at my disposal. In doing introspect, I realised this was a satanic thought. Let me explain.
Firstly, every human thinks this way. If you ask a poor person he will say the exact same thing. Considering he is a Muslim that is. The satan makes a person think this way so that slowly but surely he/she will start to have bad thoughts about Allah. “Why didnt allah give me vast amounts of wealth as opposed to this or that individual. As i would have spent it in the way of Allah & given to charities continuously! To have such thoughts of Allah, can account to kufr since you are saying you know better than allah in how to distribute wealth.
Secondly, how do we really know we would do such things? – Spending our money, time and energy on spreading the message of islam. We don’t even do this with what ever Allah has given us already. We think twice about spending and giving time to Allah. So, how on earth can we claim we would do this and that if we had more wealth?
I remember hearing a Hadith in which a poor man came to the prophet (saw) claiming that if he was made rich by Allah he would spend in the way of Allah and not stop giving charity. The prophet (saw) warned him that he will not do what he was claiming. However, this man requested several times and the prophet (saw) eventually made a dua to make him rich. In several months the man’s fortunes turned from bad to good and was on the rise. When the time for zakat came he refused to pay the representative of the prophet (saw) who came to collect zakat from him. In return he said all the riches he attained was because of his own hard effort and work. Eventually he ended up dying without iman. Due to his persistence to rebel against the injunctions of islam.
You see, many of us are only practicing islam or are pious simply because the opportunity to commit big sins are not in front of us. For example, many of us do not commit zina because the opportunities of such sins are not in front of us. If they were I’m sure many of us will not stop to think twice, but do the sin(s). We are wolves in sheeps’ clothing. Pretending to be pious by wearing the clothes of pious people whilst from the inside we are little devils waiting to strike at the right moment. We will only know our real selves when the opportunity of sins arise and then depending on how we react, then thats our real self.
Maybe you and I are claiming if we had vast wealth like that of the saud family. we would do this and that with the wealth. However, how do we know what we will do, when we don’t have that, or have not been placed in their shoes. Maybe we will commit more sins and rebellion of Allah if we were indeed in their shoes. It may in fact be that we would use all our wealth to invite others to commit sins and rebellion of Allah.
In summary, as a lesson for all of us, we should not be quick to judge ourselves against others. – How pious we are compared to other people. Allah is the only judge and noone else. Just because we are not facing the same temptation of sins as my Muslim brother does not mean we are more pious than him or her. Maybe if we were placed with the same environment of sins as him/her we would go down the same road. Just because we at our present time/situation do not have the means to commit those sins as my Muslim brother, does not mean we are better than him. It just means we are being saved from these environments/situations by Allah. Since in his wisdom Allah (swt) knows if we have such open doors to sins we will not hold back but indulge in it.
Servant of Allah.