Doing Without The Pleasures of This World

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Doing Without The Pleasures Of This World
Living simply means that you should
restrain your desire for worldly things in
the hope of receiving something better
instead.
In order to achieve this more easily you
should first realise that the things which
people yearn for in this world are in fact
worthless when compared with what we
hope for in the next world.
If we know that what Allaah has will
remain and that the life to come is better
and more lasting, then we realise that
this world is really like a piece of ice left
out in the sun – it soon melts and
vanishes.
The akhirah (after life), however,
essentially never vanishes.
The desire one has to exchange this life
for the one to come is strengthened by the
certainty that there is no comparison
between this life and the next. As Allaah,
the Exalted said; “And they are happy
with the life of this world,but the life of
this world is small comfort compared to
the next world.” [Qur’an 13:26]
It has been related by Ibn Sahl ibn Sa’ad
that the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wa
sallaam) said: “Had the world been worth
even the wing of a gnat to Allah, He would
not have even given a drink of water
from it to a Kafir (disbeliever)” [Sahih
Gharib, at-Tirmidhi, Kitab Az Zuhd,
6/611]
Living simply means turning away from
the things of this world because they are
so worthless. You do not bother with them
and remain detached for them.
Yunus Ibn Maisarah said, “Being
detached from this world does not mean
that you should forbid what Allah has
permitted, nor that you should squander
money. Rather,it is a state in which you
are more certain of what is in the hand
of Allaah than you are of what is in your
hands. Your state in misfortune is the
same as your state at other times; your
attitude towards those who quite rightly
criticise you and those who quite rightly
praise you is the same.
Abu Hazim Az Zahid was asked, “What is
your wealth?” He said. “Two kinds of
wealth dispel all fear of poverty: trust in
Allaah and not being attached to what
people have.”
He was asked, “Don’t you fear poverty?”
He said, “How am I fear poverty when my
Lord owns all that is in the heavens and
on earth and all that is between them
and all that is beneath the ground?”
He also said, the one who is content is the
one who lives simply, and it is he who is
rich. The one who has attained real faith,
who trusts in Allaah, and is content with
what He provides for him, and remains
unattached to the creation, out of fear
and hope-and by so doing finds that
pursuing worldly gains is not worthwhile
has attained the benefits of simplicity. He
is the richest of people, even though he
may not possess a thing in the world.”
As Ammar said, “Death is the teacher
enough, true faith is wealth enough, and
worship is action enough.”
Ibn Masud said, “True belief is not trying
to pleasure people by doing things which
would bring Allah’s displeasure on you:not
envying anyone for what Allaah has given
him; and not blaming anyone for what
Allaah has not given you. For Allaah’s
provision is not attracted simply by a
man’s being careful, nor is it defected by
another man’s malice. Allaah, with His
Justice, Omniscience and Wisdom, has
made delight and joy the Companions of
Faith and contentment of distrust and
dissatisfaction.”
Ali (radiallaahu `anhu) said, “Whoever
lives simply in this world find misfortunes
easy to endure.”
Some of the predecessors used to say, “If
it were not for the misfortunes of this
world,we would arrive in the next world
completely destitute.”
Ibn Masud said, “True faith is not trying
to please other people by doing things
which are displeasing to Allaah.”
Allaah has praised those who fight in His
way, without worrying the opinion of
others.
A righteous man once told, “You do
without much more than I do.”
The man replied, “It is you who are more
extreme in this, for I deny myself things
in a life which will not last and whose
rewards are uncertain, while you have
denied yourself the Akhira. No one could
be more extreme in their doing without
this.”
Al-Hassan al Basri said, “I have known
people and kept company with groups who
neither rejoiced when the things of this
would came to them, nor grieved when
they lost anything in this world. The life
of this world was more insignificant to
them than dust. One of them might live
for a year or for sixty years without even
having a garment that would extremely
cover him, and without ever having
anything that would come between him
and the ground,and without even having
any food that he could ask to be
prepared for him in his home.
When night came, they would be in their
feet,with their foreheads flat against the
earth, tears rolling down their
cheeks,secretly calling on Allaah to save
them on the Day of Judgement. If they
did something good, they never stopped
being grateful for it, and were always
asking Allaah to accept it. If they did
something bad, they would be saddened
by it,and would keep asking Allaah to
forgive them for it. By Allah,they were
not safe from wrong actions,and were
saved only by their constant turning in
repentance. May Allaah be pleased with
them.”
Source: The Purification of the Soul,
compiled from the works of: Ibn Rajab
al-hanbali, Ibn al-Quayyin al-Jawziyya,
and Abu Hamid al- Gazali, Collected and
arranged by Ahmad Farid|

A Reminder to Ourselves First

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