Jesus' teachings about greed

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A man once accompanied Jesus, saying to him, "I want to be with you and be your companion." They set forth and reached the bank of a river; where they sat down to eat. They had with them three loaves. They ate two loaves, and a third remained. Jesus then rose and went to the river to drink. When he returned, he did not find the third loaf, so he asked the man: "Who took the loaf?" "I do not know," the man replied.

Jesus set forth once more with the man, and he saw a doe [a female deer] with two of her young. Jesus called one of the two, and it came to him. Jesus then slaughtered it, roasted some of it; and ate with his companion. Then he said to the young deer, "Rise, by God's leave." The deer rose and left. Jesus then turned to his companion and said, "I ask you in the name of Him who showed you this miracle, who took the loaf?" "I do not know," the man replied.

The two of them then came to a body of water in a valley. Jesus took the man by the hand and they walked upon the water. When they had crossed over, Jesus said to him, "I ask you in the name of Him who showed you this miracle, who took the loaf?" "I do not know," the man replied.

They then came to a waterless desert and sat down upon the ground. Jesus began to gather some earth and sand, and then said, "Turn to gold, by God's leave," and it did so. Jesus divided the gold into three portions and said, "A third for me, a third for you, and a third for whoever took the loaf." The man said, "It was I who took the loaf." Jesus said, "The gold is all yours."

Jesus then left him. Two men came upon him [Jesus' companion] in the desert with the gold, and wanted to rob and kill him. He said to them, "Let us divide it into three portions among us, and send one of you to town to buy us some food to eat." One of them was sent off, and then said to himself, "Why should I divide the gold with those two? Rather, I shall poison the food and have the gold to myself." He went off and did so.

Meanwhile, the two who stayed behind said to each other, "Why should we give him a third of the gold? Instead, let us kill him when he returns and divide the money between the two of us." When he returned, they killed him, ate the food, and died; The gold remained in the desert with the three men dead beside it. Jesus passed by, found them in that condition, and said to his companions, "This is the world. Beware of it."

This story is excerpted from the book "The Muslim Jesus" by Tarif Khalidi. The book presents in English the largest collection of the sayings and stories of Jesus in Islamic literature.

Reference:

Abu Bakr ibn Abi al-Dunya (d. 281/894), Kitab Dilamm al-Dunya, in Mawsu'at Rasa'il, 2:49, excerpt no. 87. Cf. al-Ghazali, IIIya', 3:267 (Asin, pp. 383-384, no. 54; Mansur, no. 136; Robson, pp. 97-99); al-Makki, Qut, 1:255 (Asin, pp. 387-388, no. 54 quater; Mansur, no. 26); al-Thriushi, Siraj, pp. 79-80; Ibn 'Asakir, Sirat, p. 95, no. 82; al-Abshihi, al-Mustatraf 2:263-264 (Asin, p. 385, no. 54 his and pp. 386-387, no. 54 ter; slight variation).


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AISHA HAMIS FROM KENYA said:
Maashallah this is very informative.
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MTH FROM MALAYSIA said:
Salaam,

I came across this meaningful story by Jamaah Tabligh dakwah on the importance of good 'neyyad'or intention. Subhanallah.
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SULEYMAN FROM USA said:
Allahu Akbar!
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YOHAN FROM BHUTAN said:
Very good article, with good teaching. I appreciate it as it is full of truth and common sense.
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BABANDI A.GUMEL FROM U.K said:
This story is a lesson for all the Muslims, Christians and the Jews and the rest of humanity that love of duniya is harmful to the children of Adam.For Muslims because we affirm that Jesus like all other Prophets was a Muslim,and for the Christians they love him so much making him the only begotten son of God and the Jews denied this claim and due to some reasons right or wrong plus hatred though he was Jew himself plotted to kill him without succeding in order to cling to the teachings of Moses eventhough Jesus did not come to destroy it.In the end God raised him to Himself chosing him to convey the message by showing many miracles as stated in both the Quran and the Bible that included raising the dead healing the blind and the leppers as well as others suffering from variety of ailments.We should remember these were all done with the permission of Allah the Creator of Jesus his Mother Mary,Moses,Abraham Adam me and you and the rest of humanity and the entire Universe.The whole humanity is like the family of God so we should go back to the teachings of the Prophets thus avoiding hatred conflict living as neighbours peacefully wanting for others what we want for ourselves. Greed and love of the World lead to all vices such as lying deception gambling intoxication and other vices seen all over. All of us must be prepared to tell the truth the teachings of Jesus and all other Prophets including Moses and Muhammad Peace Be Upon all of them. The unfortunate greed seen all over the world whether one shown by bankers which cause the credit crunch or searching for material such as oil and other mineral resources in other countries all over the world lead to unnecessary conflicts and wars which is destroying the humanity.Seeking to get these things at all cost due to craving of wealth unneccessry greed and temptation cause alot of such conflicts.So the teachings of Jesus Moses,Muhammad Abrahman and all other Prophets Peace be Upon them was to be sincere at all time.
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ASAD AFZAL AHMED FROM INDIA said:
THERE IS NO END OF GREEDINESS.HONESTY AND TRUTHFULNESS ALWAYS PAY & THERE IS ALWAYS PUNISHMENT FOR WRONGDOERS HERE AS WELL AS ON THE JUDGEMENT DAY.
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MOMOH MUMUNI FROM NIGERIA said:

please i wish i can have some of those jesus collection for dawa'h purpose.
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