Richness is Not Having Many Belongings,
But Richness is Contentment of the Soul
Saheeh Muslim, no. 2287.
Learn the du’a for Contentment :
Comprehensive and beneficial du’aa – for the Best of Both World
Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyah (may Allaah have mercy on him) said:
A calamity that makes you turn to Allaah is better for you than a blessing which makes you forget the remembrance of Allaah.
On the authority of Mu’qal bin Yasaar- May Allaah be pleased with him- who said: The Messenger of Allaah- Allaah’s Peace and Blessings be upon him- said:
‘Your Lord Blessed and Exalted says: ‘Oh son of Aadam, devote yourself to My worship and I will fill your heart with richness and your hands with provision. Oh son of Aadam do not become distant from me lest I fill your heart with poverty and your hands with burdens.’
Related by Al-Haakim. Graded Saheeh by Shaykh Muqbil (May Allaah have mercy upon him) in Al Jaamí’ As-Saheeh: 2826
Translation: Umm ‘Abdillah Al-Hashimi
Checked and reviewed by Abu ‘Abdillah Owais Al-Hashimi
Shaikh Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him said,
From Allaah’s Blessings on a servant is that he be granted contentment, whether that be regarding his residence, his clothes, his means of transport, or his children. For when a person is content with what Allaah has given him, he will remain rich
Bulughul-Maraam, vol. 6, p. 272.
The heart is healthy ONLY when it is functioning contrast to its desires. In other words, desires are the sickness of the heart and opposing them is the cure.
Ibn al-Qayyim, Sins & their Punishments
‘Alee ibn Abee Taalib (radhi Allaahu anhu) said to Kumail ibn Ziyaad,
Knowledge is better than wealth. Knowledge is a protection for you, whereas it is you that has to protect wealth. The zakaat of knowledge is action, whereas spending decreases wealth. And love of the Scholar is part of the Religion. Knowledge brings about obedience for the Scholar in his own lifetime and causes him to have good repute after his death, whereas the benefit of wealth ceases when it passes away. The hoarders of wealth have died even though they are still alive, whereas the Scholars remain for as long as time remains – their persons are lost, but their examples remain in the hearts.
Reported by Abu Nu’aym in Hilyatul-Awliyaa (1/79-80), al-Khateeb al-Baghdaadee in al-Faqeeh wal-Mutafaqqih (1/49-50) and Ibn Katheer in al-Bidaayah wan-Nihaayah (9/47).
The Advice of ‘Alee (radiallaahu ‘anhu)
Prophet sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam said,
Two ravenous wolves remaining amongst sheep whose owner has lost them will not be more harmful than a Muslim’s seeking after wealth and status is to his Deen
[It is quoted by al-Haithumee in Majma` uz-Zawaa`id (10/250) and he attributed it to at-Tabaraanee in al-Awsat and said, “Its isnaad is hasan (good).”]
Craving For Wealth