The believer who isolates himself from people is ultimately isolating himself from God, for Islām focuses as much on the individual as it does on the community.

“And what is the life of this world but an enjoyment of self-delusion?”
(Al-Hadid, 57:20)

Man’s obsession for wealth is legendary.

So obsessed is he, that he betakes wealth as another god. This unhealthy desire; albeit natural, will continue festering: “Leave Me (to deal) with him whom I have created alone, and to whom I have granted resources vast… and yet, he greedily desires that I give yet more!”
(Al-Muddaththir, 74:11-12, 15)

Though God is the All-Rich (Al-Ghaniy), He looks upon wealth with such disdain that gold (and, by extension, wealth) is cheap and meretricious!

And were it not that (with the prospect of boundless riches before them), all people would become one (evil) community,We might indeed provide for those who (now) deny the Most Gracious… gold (beyond count)!
(Az-Zukhruf, 43:33, 35)

The above āyah teaches the believers the value God has placed on this earth – impertinent, worthless and undeserving.

“By God, this world is more insignificant in the eyes of God,” the Prophet (saw) told his companions, “than (this deformed dead lamb is) in your eyes.”(Sahih Muslim)

The Prophet (saw) has enjoined the believers to “be in this world as though you were a stranger or a wayfarer.” (Bukhari) The Qur’ān too, talks about life as a journey back unto the Source that we originated from, in Surah Al-Baqarah, verse 285. Therefore, the God-conscious believer spends as little time as possible indulging in activities that might lead him away from the Source. For the believer, to be caught in a state of ghaflah (heedlessness) and fearing that his actions will be rendered vain upon death, is one of his or her greatest fears.

The believer then must pursue a life of worldly success, whilst keeping the Hereafter in mind. Good is, ultimately, from God. The right question to ask here is not what was done, but rather who it was done for. God commands believers to “vie, then with one another in doing good works!”(Al-Ma’idah, 5:48), for the believers have the certainty that to God will be their return.

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