Being content

  •   يَا أَيُّهَا النَّاسُ أَنتُمُ الْفُقَرَاء إِلَى اللَّهِ وَاللَّهُ هُوَ الْغَنِيُّ الْحَمِيدُ    (O men, you are the ones who need Allah, and Allah is Free-of-All-Needs, the Ever-Praised  Surah 35, Verse 15)
    • Allah is free of all need
    • We are all in need of Allah
  • A person who has been given less needs to be content with what they have been given in order to eradicate greed from the creation
    • Rich and poor people both need to be content
    • A person’s greed will eventually lead to their destruction by leading them to what is haram, by making them envious and jealous, and by triggering other diseases in their heart
  • There needs to come a point in a person’s life where they are content with what Allah SWT has given them
  • Being content does not mean living a simple/modest life.  It means to be satisfied with what we have
  • We should not turn our attention to what others have
    • We should look at what Allah has given us and not at what others have been given
    • Greed will lead us to unlawfully take what another person has
  • Our greed should not lead to us acquire wealth with disregard of where we are acquiring it from
  • We should defer what we want to get and not impulse buy
    • If we want something today, we should put the purchase off until the next day and then the following day, etc.  This will train the nafs to be content with what we have
    • When we start putting off purchases, we will realize that our desire for that item was provoked (e.g. by an advertisement) and not based on a need
    • We should also train our children to not make impulse purchases.  One way of doing this is by having them research what they want to purchase and to have a discussion about it
  • Greed will increase our desire to attain more
  • If we are faced with greed, we should resort to living off what will suffice us.  Our food, clothing, and shelter should be limited to the basic necessities and we should not plan ahead more than one month
  • Abu Waqid al-Layth (RA) narrates:  When revelation would come to the Prophet Muhammad(ﷺ), we would go to him (ﷺ) so that he (ﷺ) would teach us what has been revealed to him (ﷺ).  One day I went to the Prophet Muhammad(ﷺ) and he (ﷺ) said, “Allah SWT has said, ‘Verily We have distributed wealth so that people will establish salah and give zakat.  If man had a valley of gold, then he would wish that he would have another one.  If he had two valleys of gold, then he would wish to be given a third.  Nothing will fill the stomach of man, except the dust of his grave.  Allah SWT accepts the repentance of the one who turns to Him in repentance.’”
    • To be content, we have to count the blessings Allah has bestowed upon us.  This will make us more grateful and stunt our greed
    • A person’s hopes and desires will remain until they are in their grave
  • The Prophet Muhammad(ﷺ) said:  There are two people who have greed that will never be satiated.  The first is a person who has thirst for knowledge.  The second is a person who is greedy for wealth
    • The great scholars would think they didn’t have knowledge, even though others would respect them for their knowledge
  • If everyone in the world was rich or everyone was poor, no one would work.  The differences in wealth is the system of the world
    • The system of the dunya is in Allah’s hands.  In our hands is to be content with what we are given 
  • Allah SWT has created everyone for a purpose.  Once we find our purpose, being content will be easy and whatever we do with that purpose/position will have great barakah.  The way we find our purpose is by making dua to Allah that we be guided to that purpose. 
  • The Prophet Muhammad(ﷺ) said:  Man grows old and weak, but two things from him remain young:  his hopes and the love of wealth
    • If a person doesn’t take steps to curb their desires, their hopes and love of wealth will continue to get younger and stronger
  • The Prophet Muhammad(ﷺ) said:  Good tidings for the person who has been guided to Islam, his livelihood suffices him, and he is content with it
  • When Allah healed Ayyub (AHS), He sent upon him a shower of golden locusts, and Ayyub (AHS) started to pick them up and gather them in his garment.  Allah SWT asked him, “O Ayyub, have you not had enough?” Ayyub (AHS) replied, “O Lord, who can ever have enough of Your blessings?”
  • Hadith:  On the Day of Judgement, every person, rich or poor, will wish that he/she had been given the bare minimum amount in the world
  • Hadith:  Wealth is not based on the possessions you have.  True wealth is the wealth of the soul.  We have been refrained from having excessive greed and to be extreme in seeking it
    •  “Being extreme in seeking” means to disregards the duties assigned to us by Allah and to exceed the limits of what is permissible
    • In paradise, each person will be content
    • Allah SWT expands the hearts of those who are content with what they have
  • Musa (AHS) asked Allah SWT, “Which of Your servants are the wealthiest?”  Allah SWT replied, “The one who is most content with what I have given him.”  Musa (AHS) then asked, “Which of them is the most just?”  Allah SWT replied, “The one who is most just to himself.”
  • The Prophet (ﷺ) said:  Jibrail (AHS) inspired me that: No human being will ever die until he receives the sustenance that Allah SWT has set for him in this world.  So fear Allah SWT and [when seeking your sustenance] do it in a good manner
  • Abu Hurayrah (RA) said:  The Prophet (ﷺ) said to me, ‘O Abu Hurayrah, when you feel extreme hunger, take some bread and water, as a gravy.  It doesn’t matter what happens to the world after that’
    • Abu Hurayrah (RA) was famous for being one of the Ashaabus Suffah
    • He would sometimes faint on the door of the masjid due to hunger
  • Abu Hurayrah (RA) narrates:   The Prophet (ﷺ) said, ‘Be pious and you will become of those who worship Allah the most.  Be content and you will become the most grateful of all people.  Love for your brother what you love for yourself and you will become a true believer.
    • The quality of wara (piety) within us will constantly keep us in the worship of Allah
    • A person who abstains from evil all the time, and tries maintaining that momentum, will become one who worships Allah SWT the most
    • Being ungrateful is not looking at what we have and looking at what others have
    • When a person makes dua for another person, there is an angel that makes that same dua for that person
  • وَإِذَا سَأَلَكَ عِبَادِي عَنِّي فَإِنِّي قَرِيبٌ أُجِيبُ دَعْوَةَ الدَّاعِ إِذَا دَعَانِ فَلْيَسْتَجِيبُواْ لِي وَلْيُؤْمِنُواْ بِي لَعَلَّهُمْ يَرْشُدُونَ  (When My servants ask you about Me, then (tell them that) I am near. I respond to the call of one when he prays to Me; so they should respond to Me, and have faith in Me, so that they may be on the right path  Surah 2, Verse 186)
    • When a person makes dua against another person, if that person is not deserving of the dua, the dua then goes against the person who originally made it
    • A parent’s dua for the child is always accepted, even if it is against the child.  Parents should not make dua against their children, especially out of frustration
  • The Prophet (ﷺ) refrained people from being greedy.  Abu Ayyub Al-Ansari (RA) narrates, “A Bedouin came to the Prophet (ﷺ) and ‘O Messenger of Allah, give me some good council, but make it brief.’  He (ﷺ) said, ‘When you pray salah, pray as if you are saying farewell to the world. Do not say things that you will have to say sorry for tomorrow.  Forego what is in the hands of others.” 
    • The Prophet Muhammad(ﷺ) stayed at Ayyub Al-Ansari (RA)’s house when he first came to Madina; however, this house was originally built hundreds of years earlier in anticipation of a prophet.  Before the time of the Prophet (ﷺ), a king was passing through Madina with a group of Jewish scholars.  The Jewish scholars recognized some signs of the coming of the last prophet.  The king then had a hundred homes built for the Jewish settlers in that area and one of those houses was specifically for the prophet that was to come.  That house was passed down through generations to Ayyub Al-Ansari.
    • Positive change will never come until people pray their salah.  It is a pillar of our religion
  • Auf ibn Malik (RA) narrates:   We were with the Prophet (ﷺ), either nine, eight, or seven of us.  He (ﷺ) said, “Is there nobody to take a pledge (bayah) with the Messenger of Allah?”  We replied, “Haven’t we already taken a pledge on your hands O Messenger of Allah?”  He (ﷺ) said again, “Is there anybody to take a pledge on the hands of the Messenger of Allah?”  We extended our hands and placed them in the hands of the Prophet (ﷺ) and we took a pledge.  Then one of us said, “Upon what should we take the pledge?”  He (ﷺ) said, “That you worship nobody besides Allah.  That you do not associate any partners with Allah.  That you pray your five daily prayers.  That you will listen and obey [the teaching of the Quran and Sunnah].”