Verily this wealth [of the world] is lush and sweet.

Rasoolullah (Sallallahu alaihi wasallam) said:

“Verily this wealth [of the world] is lush and sweet. Whosoever takes it rightfully and disburses it in the right avenue then it is a wonderful aid, and whosoever acquires it unlawfully, he will be just as one who eats but remains unfulfilled, and on the Day of Qiyaamah it will be evidence to indict him.”

(Bukhari, Muslim – Mishkaat)

This Hadeeth describes the wealth of this world as “lush and sweet”. Lushness attracts the eyes whilst sweetness appeals to the sense of taste. The wealth of this world thus attracts people and it gives them sensual pleasure. But the Hadeeth cautions further that if this wealth is acquired out of necessity, lawfully and furthermore utilized for obligatory or meritorious works then it will be a good fortune for the owner. On the other hand, wealth and money acquired unlawfully, wastefully, and furthermore utilized in ways which court the displeasure of Allah Ta’ala, such wealth will be a means of endless frustration in this world and a curse in the Aakhirah.  (Mirqaat)