Anas bin Malik relates that Allah’s Messenger (peace and blessings of Allah be to him) said, “If Adam’s son had a valley full of gold, he would like to have two valleys, for nothing fills his mouth except dust. And Allah forgives him who repents to Him.”
Striving for the better is inherent to human nature. We all want to be better off, get higher education, find a better job, get a bigger house, a faster car, etc. The list is endless; generally people long for and leave no stone unturned to attain whatever they wish, without thinking a bit of the evil consequences of their whims and inconsistencies.
Love of this world, with all its enjoyments, may distract us from seeking the hereafter. We should always remember that the main purpose of our existence is to worship Allah. The Qur’ān says, “And it is not your wealth, nor your children that bring you nearer to Us, but only he (will please Us) who believes, and does righteous deeds; for such (people), there will be a double reward for what they did, and they will reside in the high dwellings (of Paradise), in peace and security.” (Qur’ān – 34:37).
Contentment is the key to success and happiness; and greed is just contrary to it. We should be content with what we have been blessed with at any given moment while still pursuing more. The Holy Prophet said, “Happiness is due to him who is guided to Islam and possesses provision that suffices him for his day and remains content.”