Contentment


The Prophet (صلى الله عليه و سلم):

“Be satisfied with what Allah has apportioned for you, and you will be the wealthiest of people.” [Ahmad and at-Tirmidhi]

He also said (صلى الله عليه و سلم):

“To be well off is not through possessing lots of transitory goods rather true well-being comes from a contented soul.” [Bukhari and Muslim]

The Muslim is always aware that this dunya is a fleeting dream. The reality will occur when the earth embraces us in her womb and the day that the believers are given admittance into paradise and the disbelievers, admittance to the hell fire.

Excessive hope is a means of diversion from this reality. Anas ibn Malik (رضي الله عنه) narrates:

The Prophet (صلى الله عليه و سلم) drew a few lines and said: “This is (man’s) hope, and this is the instant of his death, and while he is in this state (of hope), the nearer line (death) comes to Him.” [Bukhari]

‘Ali bin Abi Talib (رضي الله عنه) said:

“The thing I fear for you most is following desires and having extensive hopes (about this worldly life). Following one’s desires blocks you from the truth, and having extensive hopes makes you forget the hereafter

The state of the believer is such that his hope is for the hereafter. He holds the dunya in his hand and does not let it enter his heart. The Messenger of Allaah (صلى الله عليه و سلم) said:

“Whoever this dunya is his great concern; Allaah will scatter his affairs, and will put his poverty right between his eyes. And nothing from the dunya, i.e rizq will come to him except what has been decreed for him. And whoever his great concern is the hereafter, Allaah will organise his affairs, and He will put richness inside his heart, and the dunya will come to him, willingly or unwillingly.” [Narrated by Ibn Majah, authenticated by Sheikh al Albani]

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