Imam Abu Bakr al-Ajurri (d.330AH) mentions the following incident his treatise Sifatul Ghuraba….
It has reached us that Abdullah ibn al-Faraj, the worshipper, said, ‘I was in need of someone to make something for me so I went to the marketplace looking for a suitable person. At the end of the market I found a pale young boy before whom was a large basket, he wore a garment of wool and had a woolen towel.
I asked him, “Do you work?”
He replied, “Yes,”
“How much do you charge?” I asked.
“One and one-sixth of a dirham.”
I said, “Stand and come to work.”
He said, “I have one condition..”
“What is it? Read more…
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.”