Prophet Muhammad (saw) says in the Hadith that there is nothing more dangerous to a person's faith like two wolves that are let free amongst the flock of sheep, imagine what the Prophets is saying, imagine two wolves that go into a flock of sheep. Prophet Muhammad (saw) said that the two most dangerous things are those two wolves to your faith, your faith being the Sheep, are the love of wealth and the love of Fame that a person has. The love of wealth and the love of fame are the two most dangerous threats to your Imaan, to your faith so it's not a major sin, it's not some horribly Haram thing,
Its wealth and fame, the love for wealth and the love for fame, now as wealth a bad thing? NO! the Prophet (saw) taught us to have the upper hand instead of the lower hand. Allah Almighty teaches us to say: ''to give us the best of this world and the best of the next'' but if a person has an uncontrollable desire for this world, for materialism and they constantly pursue more and more and more wealth than they're going to find themselves in a situation where they will resort to unethical things where they will start to place expectations in that wealth and that will distance themselves from Allah (subhana wa ta'ala) and sometimes having a lot of money changes a person's personality, wealth can actually change a person's behavior so they'll start to resort to some of things that we've discussed here on Islamic Preacher website about in the past.
These major sins that we've discussed about in previous articles and then the desire for fame, if I want to be famous and it's all about the fame then a person starts to resort to unethical behavior to get that fame or when a person gets that fame once again they change and they find it very easy to resort to some of the major sins that have been described so what's the solution? Number One - the uncontrollable desire for wealth, the Prophet (Saw) gave us a few things to deal with with materialism, first He taught us charity, it sounds simple enough but if you dictate on yourself to give a certain amount of charity every time you earn then it's going to be routine and it'll be already baked into anything that you're going to receive.
Number Two - The Prophet (Saw) taught us not to be extravagant, so the difference between needing something and wanting something, to check your extravagance. Number Three - As we learn in the month of Ramadan in fasting, the importance of sometimes breaking off from something that is available to you of this dunya as a means of gaining a greater appreciation for it, so Omar (ra) said ''if you have a comfortable bed, don't always sleep on it'' take a night off and sleep on the floor, the next day you're going to appreciate the comfort of that bed, when you fast you appreciate the blessing of that food so a person becomes content with what they have.
Number Four - The Prophet (Saw) taught us to constantly be grateful for what is given to us, as for the love for fame, the Messenger (Saw) taught us that we need to make sure that we never pursue something for the sight of the people and he taught us that Riya, showing off, particularly doing something to be seen by the people is a hidden shirk, it's actually a hidden form of polytheism because you turn those people into Gods by acting in accordance with their sight and essentially what we learned from our scholars of Tazkiyah or scholars of spirituality.
Ibn Qayyim (r) says ''A person has to make the sight of Allah more beloved to them than the sight of the people'' so secret good deeds essentially try to get famous in the sight of Allah and with the angels that he boasts to and forget about being famous with the people so again, the two wolves that are let out on sheep that would destroy a person's Imaan are an unchecked love of wealth and fame.
May Allah protect us from both and may Allah grant us the wealth and the fame of the hereafter in the presence of His angels and our Messenger (Saw).