Hadith on Desire: The Prophet’s Warning Against Materialism in Islam

📖Sahih al-Bukhari 6435
Narrated Abu Huraira: The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “Perish the slave of Dinar, Dirham, Qatifa (thick soft cloth), and Khamisa (a garment), for if he is given, he is pleased; otherwise he is dissatisfied.”

  • This hadith refers to the dangers of becoming too attached to material possessions. The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) is warning against the mindset of a person who is overly concerned with accumulating wealth and material goods. Such a person, the hadith says, becomes like a slave to their possessions and is never satisfied with what they have. Even if they receive more wealth, they will always crave more and never feel content. The Prophet is calling on his followers to avoid this mindset and to prioritize spiritual wealth and contentment over material gain. The hadith teaches that true satisfaction and happiness can only be found in spiritual pursuits and in developing a close relationship with Allah, rather than in the accumulation of material possessions.