Who should we wish to be someone like?

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When thrown a question of ” Who would you want to be like?” what will be your answer?

In this time and age, most likely, the answers will be a football celebrity, a basketball player, actors, actresses etc.,

Islam, forbids us to be wishing to be like somebody, except for these two.

  1. Wealthy who spends wealth righteously, and
  2. One whom Allah has given wisdom (the Holy Qur’an) and he acts according to it and teaches it to others.

In the famous hadith reported by a Sahabi.

حَدَّثَنَا الْحُمَيْدِيُّ، قَالَ حَدَّثَنَا سُفْيَانُ، قَالَ حَدَّثَنِي إِسْمَاعِيلُ بْنُ أَبِي خَالِدٍ، عَلَى غَيْرِ مَا حَدَّثَنَاهُ الزُّهْرِيُّ، قَالَ سَمِعْتُ قَيْسَ بْنَ أَبِي حَازِمٍ، قَالَ سَمِعْتُ عَبْدَ اللَّهِ بْنَ مَسْعُودٍ، قَالَ قَالَ النَّبِيُّ صلى الله عليه وسلم ‏
“‏ لاَ حَسَدَ إِلاَّ فِي اثْنَتَيْنِ رَجُلٌ آتَاهُ اللَّهُ مَالاً فَسُلِّطَ عَلَى هَلَكَتِهِ فِي الْحَقِّ، وَرَجُلٌ آتَاهُ اللَّهُ الْحِ
كْمَةَ، فَهْوَ يَقْضِي بِهَا وَيُعَلِّمُهَا ‏”‏‏.‏

Narrated ‘Abdullah bin Mas’ud:

The Prophet said, “Do not wish to be like anyone except in two cases.

(The first is) A person, whom Allah has given wealth and he spends it righteously;

(the second is) the one whom Allah has given wisdom (the Holy Qur’an) and he acts according to it and teaches it to others.”

Sahih Al Bukhari

Volume 1

Book 003, Hadith Number 073.

Other than these two, Muslims are prohibited from wishing to be like somebody.

This should lead us to the feeling of contentment. Love who you are, and wish not like to be somebody, outside from who you are.

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