Kab ibn Maalik al-Ansaaree [RA] narrated that the Messenger of Allaah [peace and and blessings of Allaah be upon him] said; "Two hungry wolves let loose amongst sheep will not cause more harm to them than a persons craving after wealth and status will do to his religion." [Bukhari [Taareekhul Kabeer)] So this is a very great example struck by the Prophet [peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him] showing how the Muslims religion is destroyed by craving after wealth and worldly status.
It shows that the corruption to ones religion caused by this is no less than the destruction caused if two hungry wolves were left to spend the night amongst a flock of sheep whose shepherd was absent, and they were free to slaughter and feed at will. So as is clear in such a state; none of the sheep, except perhaps a few would survive the carnage caused by the two wolves.
So Allaah's Messenger [peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him] informed that a persons craving after wealth and status will not cause less damage than the damage caused to the sheep by the two wolves. Rather, the damage caused will either be the same, or greater. This shows that when a person craves after wealth and status not much of the Muslims religion will remain unharmed, just as only a few sheep would escape the destruction caused by the two wolves.
So flee, may Allaah have mercy upon you, from too much craving after this world and its finery, and there is no escape from that which has been destined for a person. So he who wishes for salvation then let it be the case that his desire for his religion in his foundation and guiding principle, if this is so, then Allaah will protect him and protect his religion.
This article was culled from the publications of Deen Communication Limited