Among the weaknesses of man is ‘hubb-ud-dunya’ which is regarded as the root of all sins. However, we need to understand what ‘hubb-ud-dunya’ is.
Hazrat Ebrahim (‘alaihis salaam) had made this du‘aa:
رَبِّ اجْعَلْ هذَا الْبَلَدَ اٰمِنًا
O my Lord! Make this town (of Makkah Mukarramah) safe
Seeking safety and security for one’s family is not incorrect. A Nabi has a comprehensive understanding of this life and the next. So his du‘aa will be most comprehensive as well.
The second part of Hazrat Ebrahim (‘alaihis salaam)’s du‘aa is,
وَّاجْنُبْنِی وَبَنِیَّ اَن نَّعْبُدَ الاَصْنَامَ
Save me and my progeny from idolatry
One type of idolatry is worshipping idols, but another form of idolatry is ‘kullu ma alhaaka ‘an rabbik fa huwa sanamuk’ (Whatever distracts you from Allah Ta‘ala is your idol). Amongst such things are our desires.
Unquestionable authority is for Allah Ta‘ala alone. It cannot be given to others. However, at times, it shifts from Allah Ta‘ala to our family or possessions. This is that world that turns you away from your real course. It comes in the form of wealth or in the form of one’s children or wife. Priorities are mixed and haraam is committed because of them. Hence, this du‘aa teaches us what the world is.
The Quraan also teaches us what the world is,
کَلَّا بَلْ تُحِبُّونَ الْعَاجِلَة
Nay, but you give preference to the worldly life
Though the address is to the kuffaar, but when one analyses the situation, then the kuffaar have two aspects. One is their existence and person. In this there is no difference between ourselves and them. The other is their outlook and behaviour, and it is this that deprives them of the mercy of Allah Ta‘ala. So if we adopt this, we will face the same consequence.