This post has been taken from the Fajr Blog.
As-salamu `alaykum wa rahmatullah
Some amazing statements from Shaykh Sayyid al-‘Affani’s book on Ikhlas:
‘Abdullah ibn al-Mubarak: “Develop a love for obscurity, being hidden from the people, and disliking fame. Do not show that you love obscurity such that you end up raising yourself (above others). The fact that you ascribe Zuhd (asceticism) to yourself has taken you out of the realms of Zuhd because you will have drawn in the praise and admiration of people.” 1
Obscurity is not shameful for him
Who is of virtue and completeness
For the Night of Decree is left obscure
And it is the best of all nights…
“My brother, if you desire the path of sincerity, flee from the clatter and clinks of fame, and flee from the clamour that comes with being a celebrity. Be like the roots of a tree; it keeps the tree upright and gives it life, but it itself is hidden underneath the earth and eyes cannot see it. Or be like the foundations of a building; were it not for the foundation, no wall could be erected and no house could be established, but yet no-one sees the foundation. Read more…
“Zuhd [detachment from dunya] is to leave alone those things which will not benefit you in the next life. And piety is to leave the things you fear might harm you in the next life.”
Imam Ibn Taymiyyah – rahimahullaah – said:
“The position of wealth should be regarded like that of the toilet, in that there is need for it, but it has no place in the heart, and it is resorted to when needed.”
Imam Ahmed (rahimahullah) said, regarding Zuhd (renouncing worldly pleasures for gaining Allah’s closeness) :
“Zuhd in this world is: not to be overjoyed with what one posessed and not to be destressed by turning away from it (i.e. the world).
So he (Imam Ahmed) was asked about a man who has one thousand Dirhams, and if such and individual could be considered a Zaa’hid (i.e. one who renounces this world).
So, Imaam Ahmed said, “Yes, but with one condition, which is, if his wealth increases he does not become too joyful and if it decreases he does not become distressed and unhappy.”
The Prophet of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said:
“Abstinence from the world is not by denouncing as prohibited that which is permitted or by neglecting wealth to go to waste. On the contrary, abstinence means that you do not place greater reliance on what you have in your own hands than you do on what lies in Allah’s hands, and when misfortune strikes, you have such faith in the reward for bearing it with patience that you wish it could remain with you.”
Hadith of at-Tirmidhi (rahimuAllah T’ala), on the authority of Abu Dharr al-Ghifari (may Allah swt be pleased with him)
taken from “Words of the Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم” by Fisabilillah Publications
taken from Foulana Blog
As ‘Ali (radhiallahu anhu) expressed beautifully:
قال علي بن أبي طالب رضي الله عنه: ليس الزهد ألا تملك شيئًا، ولكن الزهد ألا يملكك شيء“Detachment [Zuhd] is not that you should own nothing, but that nothing should own you.”
“Az-Zuhd resides in the heart, and it can be achieved by ridding the heart of the slave from the love and the eagerness for this life. This way, the Dunya will be in one’s hand, not in his heart, where the love for Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala and the Hereafter will and should reside.”