In The Name of Allaah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy
The Messenger (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) said: Two hungry wolves let loose among sheep are not more harmful than a person’s craving after wealth and status in his Deen.”
Two hungry wolves let loose on a flock! Then what will remain from the flock?! Even when a single wolf stops eating because its stomach is full, it still kills the rest of the flock; then what about two hungry wolves let loose on a flock!! Not a single (sheep) will remain.
Likewise, a person who craves for wealth or status will corrupt the religion. And because of this it is obligated on a person that his intention is far removed from this- far removed from craving for wealth and status in the religion. We ask Allaah to aid us to accomplish this.
There are many people who do not give concern except to wealth or status, so that they are pointed at (i.e. recognised). This destroys the religion because one’s soul inclines towards wealth and status and as a result of this a person forgets what is more important – the affair of the religion (i.e. sincerity etc).
[Source: At-Taleeq Alaa Siyaasah Shar’iyyah’ by Shaikh Uthaymeen (rahimahullaah). Page 454-455. Abridged & paraphrased]