The Simple Things. Day 4 of 5P5S


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There is something so gratifying about making your own bread; slicing it while it’s warm and spreading on some butter and watching it melt into pools of rich goodness before you take that first, delicious bite. Something so simple, yet so satisfying. Alhamdulillaah, simple is sometimes all you need. The Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم said:

“Richness is not having many possessions, but richness is self contentment.” [Agreed upon- Muslim and Al-Bukhari]

How many people are there in the world, chasing after the dunya, trying to fill a void in their hearts that will never be filled except with returning to Allaah and submitting oneself to Him? They are like a blind man looking for the sun; they have blinded themselves from the truth so Allaah has increased them in heedlessness. Allaah said:

“Have they not travelled through the land, and have they hearts wherewith to understand and ears wherewith to hear? Verily, it is not the eyes that grow blind, but it is the hearts which are in the breasts that grow blind.” [22:46]

What greater calamity is there than a heart that is blind?! One that rejects Allaah, rejects His Perfect Names and Sublime Attributes; one that belies His Messengers, His Books, His angels and His Perfect preordainment of all that exists! SubhanAllaah, yet you find these people are zealous in their pursuit of “happiness” when in reality they have blocked their only road to it. Allaah said:

“But whosoever turns away from My Reminder (i.e. neither believes in this Quran nor acts on its orders, etc.) verily, for him is a life of hardship, and We shall raise him up blind on the Day of Resurrection.

He will say:”O my Lord! Why have you raised me up blind, while I had sight (before).”

(Allah) will say: “Like this, Our Ayat (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.) came unto you, but you disregarded them (i.e. you left them, did not think deeply in them, and you turned away from them), and so this Day, you will be neglected (in the Hell-fire, away from Allah’s Mercy).” [20:124-126]

Lost from them is the means to salvation and they have none to blame except themselves, as Allaah is Just and He does not oppress His slaves:

“This is because of that (evil) which your hands have sent before you. And certainly, Allah is never unjust to (His) slaves.” [3:182]

The Messenger of Allaah صلى الله عليه وسلم was asked “What is the means to salvation?” He said:

“That you control your tongue, suffice yourself your house, and cry over your sins.”[Narrated by At-Tirmidhi and graded Saheeh by Al-Albani]

This is the advice of the best of mankind and how sad it is to see how many have gone against this beautiful admonition. How many use their tongue to spread falsehood, with no regard to the vulgarity that they utter? How few weep over the sins they committed due to the fear that they have a Lord that can take them to account at any second? How abundant are those that their house, whether it is a mansion or a castle, never suffices them? Then we have those whom, their possessions may be few but their hearts are rich and content. Those that may live in a house the size of the bathroom of one of the heedless yet it is sufficient for them. A beautiful example is that of Sheikh Al Islam Ibn Taymiyyah:

“What can my enemies do to me? I have in my breast both my heaven and my garden. If I travel they travel with me, never leaving me. Imprisonment for me is a chance to be alone with my Lord. To be killed is martyrdom and to be exiled from my land is a spiritual journey.”

SubhaanAllaah! How far are we from this! Were we to actualise Tawheed and strive in humbling ourselves and becoming a true slave of Allaah, there is nothing of trials and tribulations that could dishearten us. There is no house too small that would constrict us and no oppressor could harm us. When the dunya becomes the objective, what is simple becomes complicated; we were created for the sole purpose of worshipping Allaah and yet we compete with each other for the transient dunya and forget this great purpose!

“The mutual rivalry for piling up of worldly things diverts you,

Until you visit the graves (i.e. till you die).” [102:1-2]

I ask Allaah, the Most Great, that He makes our hearts rich with eemaan, our tongues busy with His Remembrance, our houses sufficient and our eyes moist. May the peace and blessings of Allaah be upon the Last Messenger

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3 thoughts on “The Simple Things. Day 4 of 5P5S

  1. Assalamu’alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu sister!
    Ameen to your beautiful dua’a!

    It’s true that people compete in building the most lavish homes or going on the most expensive holidays, yet it does not suffice them. Reminds me of a hadith that talks about the greed of man. This is the one:
    Narrated Anas bin Malik:
    Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) 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.” (Sahih Bukhari 6439)
    SubhanAllah. May Allah protect us. Ameen.

    Jazak Allah khair for this important reminder. I absolutely loved the way you’ve put this: “When the dunya becomes the objective, what is simple becomes complicated…” Soo true! I read this line once and then again, and again. I think I must’ve read it almost four times. Haha. It makes so much sense. I’ll write this down somewhere so I don’t forget it insha’Allah. 😀 Excellent post! Jazak Allah khair. Allahumma baarik lak.

    P.S: The bread in the picture looks delicious! 😉 Masha’Allah. Baarak Allahu feek. ❤

    • Wa alaikum assalaaam wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuh sis. Yes subhanAllaah the Hadith you mentioned just shows how dissatisfied the son of Adam is even when he has more than he needs. Glad you liked the post sis; any good from it is from Allaah and anything evil I said is from my nafs and Shaytan, may Allaah forgive me. BaarakAllaahu feeki sis xxx Ameen to your duas.

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