“Why is it that you gather that which you do not eat, build structures in which you do not live, and hope for that which you cannot get. Verily, during their times, the people of Aad and Thamood filled all the lands between Basrah and Aad with wealth, children, and livestock. But who is now willing to buy what they have left for just two Dirhams?”
– Abu Dardaa radi’allaahu ta’aala anh in his moving sermon addressing the people of Ash Shaam of which he was governor for a time.
– Al Iktifaa, by Al Kilaa’ee 3/211