Hedonism is a trait or a view whereby humans will be happy by seeking happiness as much as possible and putting off sadness and painful feelings. A hedonist tends to make fun as their purpose of life.
Surely this view is contradictory with the teachings of Islam to always be able to accept all events that occur with sincerity and patient. And live our life as what already be the fate of the creator.
The view of hedonism is a notion that bring by non-Muslims. But that does not mean in Islam we are not allowed to seek pleasure and happiness. In the following words of Allah SWT is explained about the Islamic view of pleasure, enjoyment and happiness which reads as follows:
“Indeed, those who have believed and done righteous deeds will have gardens beneath which rivers flow. That is the great attainment.” (QS. Al-Buruj : 11)
The Dangers of Hedonism in Islam
As a part of the culture that emphasize afterlife matters, Hedonism own a dangerous if this culture enters into a Muslim private life, the danger itself is that it will be contrary to the pillars of Islam, the pillars of faith, the basis of Islamic law, the function of faith in Allah, and the source of Islamic law. As in the following word of Allah SWT:
“The enjoyment of this world is little, and the Hereafter is better for he who fears of Allah SWT. And injustice will not be done to you, (even) as much as a thread (inside a date seed).” (QS. An-Nisa : 77)
These are a short explanation about 13 dangers of hedonism in Islam. Read completely. See also : purpose of islamic economy in life
1. Appearing a Matrealistic’s Character
The mundane character embodied in the concept of hedonism will surely lead to the morphing of matrealistic nature for each individual who embraces it. matrealistic is a character that views things by material or property or wealth. This character is very hated by Allah SWT and The Massenger. As in the following word of Allah:
“Whoever desires the life of this world and its adornment – We fully repay them for their deeds therein, and they therein will not be deprived. Those are the ones for whom there is not in the Hereafter but the Fire. And lost is what they did therein, and worthless is what they used to do.” (QS. Hud : 15-16)
2. More Empasize of Temporal Affairs
Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala implies the majority state of mankind in His following word :
“They know what is apparent of the worldly life, but they, of the Hereafter, are unaware.” (QS. Rum : 7)
Allah SWT has predicted that in a future there will come a time when people are more concerned with a temporal attitudes and affair. It may be this modern and millennial era as nowadays is part of this period. [AdSense-B]
Where the concept of hedonism brought by the majority of non-Muslim already affected the Moslem. Surely this is not part of the human creation goal, the process of human prejudice, the essence of human creation, the human nature of Islam and the human concept in Islam to conform for the function of religion, the world according to Islam, success according to Islam, the success of the world and the afterlife according to Islam, success according to Islam. See also : ways to give charity in Islam
3. Luxury Lifestyle
Adherents of hedonism always show an impression of glamor and luxury. This is none other than because they do not want the treasure they have earned can not be seen and displayed to others. Though the main teachings of Rasullullah is to behave modestly. As the Rasulullah sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam said, which means:
“Stay away from a luxury lifestyle. Indeed, the servants of Allah are not those who are lavish “
4. Tend to Be an Arrogant Character
Adherents of hedonism will have an arrogant character, feeling they are the most treasured and honorable. He does not believe that what he desires to have is the source given by Allah SWT. He assumes that the possessions he owns are his own hard work. As the story of Qarun in the time of Prophet Musa AS, therefore, the Qur’an calls it:
“Indeed, Qarun from the people of Musa, but he tyrannized them. And We gave him of treasures whose keys would burden a band of strong men. (QS. Al-Qashash : 76)
5. Tend to Be a Chocky and Smug Character
Besides being an arrogant, the definite characters will also appear that is chocky and smug. Both of these attributes are hated by Allah Almighty, as the Word of God,
“There upon his people said to him, “Do not exult. Indeed, Allah does not like the exultant.” (QS. Al-Qashash : 76)
6. Want to Be Respected Always
The concept of hedonimsme that pervades an individual also make him feel always wanted to be respected.
For him a honor or respect comes from a number of owned possessions. The more treasures the more honorable it will be. It’s culture that is beginning to emerge today, where those with abundant positions and wealth will be respected rather than the mediocre ones.
7. Takkabur (Arrogation)
Another danger of hedonism is that it raises the nature of takkabur. Where mankind who holds of hedonism will begin to forget the creator, and assume that what he owned are are from the result of himself without the intervention of Allah SWT. Verily Allah hates an arrogance person as in His word:
“And We caused the earth to swallow him and his home. And there was for him no company to aid him other that Allah, nor was be of those who (could) defend themselves.” (QS. Al-Qasas : 81)
8. Eliminating Social Sensitivity
Did you know that the other danger of hedonisms is to erode the nature of social sensitivity. Where those who have this concept, will tend to be self-interested, and are reluctant to see what others are facing.
9. Reduce The Relationship with The Creator
As has been pointed out earlier that the concept of hedonism will lead individuals into pursuing a temporal affairs.
So eventually the affair with The Creator will be neglected. They will pursue the emptiness and glory of the world as much as possible so that they have no time just to remember Allah even to worship Him. See also : how to make my faith in Islam stronger
10. Become a Shopaholic Individual
Another danger of hedonism is to create a individual who likes to shop. Since the importance is temporal affair, then of course the worldly things are more important. Like the fancy shopping habits of luxury goods. Surely this is part of a wasteful culture that is hated by Allah and His Massengers. As Ali bin Tsabit rahimahullah said:
“The weakness of mind is proud of self and emotion And the disease of treasure is waste and robbery.”
11. Dislike Modesty
Tend to emphasize luxury, then of course the adherents or those who are influenced by the concept of hedonism do not like modesty. All they have in mind is luxury, wealth and glory. Simple living has been taught by Rasulullah SAW. As well as Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala said:
“O children of Adam, take your adornment at every masjid, and eat and drink, but be not excessive. Indeed, He likes not those who commit excess.” (QS. Al-A’raf : 31)
Rasulullah Shallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam said :
Truly modesty includes the branch of faith
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12. Creating a Corrupt Leader
The danger of hedonism for leaders or officials, that it will create the desire to enrich themselves.
Moreover, as officials certainly have been facilitated and paid from people’s money, but the dissatisfaction and greed of temporal interests will affect them to be able to commit acts of corruption.
From ‘Adiy bin ‘Amirah Al Kindi Radhiyallahu ‘anhu said : I ever heard the Prophet Shallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam said :
“Whoever of you that are assigned by us to a job (an affair), then he hides from us a needle or more, then that is the ghulul (shackles, treasure of corruption) which he will bring on the Judgement Day”.
13. Wasting Money
Rasulullah Shallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam also stated in his word, which means:
“Eat, give alms, and use it in a state without wasting money and pride”.
In Islam, wasting money is not recommended at all and is included in the a commendable aklaq. The direct influence of hedonism concept will affect a person in utilizing the money earned.
They will tend to scatter them, since for them the joy and delight of the world is everything.
13 the danger of hedonism in Islam, certainly gives us a picture that this understanding has a negative side that is very close to the influence of satan.
Therefore, always increase the level of faith every time by giving thanks and always remembering the power of Allah SWT. Because indeed sustenance, death, and soul mate have been outlined by the creator. Hopefully this article can be useful. See also : how to make life easy in Islam