In the time of Hazrat Umar ibn al-Khattab (radhiallahu ‘anhu), Hazrat Abu Ubaidah ibn al-Jarrah (radhiallahu ‘anhu) was made the governor of Shaam (Greater Syria, the Levant) since he had captured most of Shaam. At that time Shaam used to be a vast province constituting present day states Syria, Jordan, Palestine and Lebanon. Shaam was a wealthy province. It was Rome’s favourite region.
Hazrat Umar (radhiallahu ‘anhu) used to execute his responsibilities in Madinah. Once he was on an inspection visit to Shaam when he said to the governor:
“O Abu Ubaidah, I want to see the place where you live my brother”.
Hazrat Umar (radhiallahu ‘anhu) was thinking that Abu Ubaidah (radhiallahu ‘anhu) is the governor of such a wealthy province I should see how much he has collected for himself.
Hazrat Abu Ubaidah (radhiallahu ‘anhu) said why do you want to see my house? Because after seeing my house the only thing you will do is weep.
But Hazrat Umar (radhiallahu ‘anhu) insisted and so they both set out for the house. They passed the main city and the residential areas.
Hazrat Umar (radhiallahu ‘anhu) asked him: “Where are you taking me?”
Hazrat Abu Ubaidah (radhiallahu ‘anhu) replied, “Its not far now”.
And then at the outskirts of the wealthy city of Damascus came the house of the Governor of Shaam Read more…
We have no other choice but to spend our life in this world. When we are hungry we need to eat, when we are thirsty we need to drink, we need housing and means to earn a living. If we have to do all these things then how is it possible not to get attracted by this world? It seems very difficult. But it is the Prophets and their vicegerents who taught us how to live in this world without getting attracted to it. A true Muslim would live in this world fulfilling all his social duties but at the same time he would avoid getting attracted by it.
How do we acquire such a state of mind that we remain in this world, get involved in all the necessary affairs, yet not get attracted by it?
This very thing has been explained Read more…
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.”