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What is detachment from the dunya…?

Detachment is when the dunya remains in our hand – not in our heart.
 

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.
Imam Hassan al-Basri said:

 

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.”

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