We will be happy to the degree that we remember Allah and recite His Book. After considering this principle, we may estimate our worth in this world and in the hereafter.
These verses proclaim in clear terms the temporary, and therefore insignificant, worth of material possessions and social status.
We should realize that this life is not the yardstick of success when we see that the disbeliever often lives a life of opulence, while the believer is often precluded from many worldly pleasures, a phenomenon that merely indicates the paltry value of this world.
While giving a sermon on a Friday, ‘Utbah ibn Ghazwan رضي الله عنه, a well-known Companion of the Prophet SAW, was reminiscing out loud about what the days were like when he lived with the Prophet SAW. ‘Utbah would fight with him in the way of Allah, and to avoid starvation, they would eat the leaves of a tree. Yet he remembered those days to be the happiest of his life. Then he recalled how he departed from the Prophet SAW, becoming a governor of a province. Despite this rise in worldly status, he felt wonder at how much lower the true quality of life became after the death of the Prophet SAW.
After the death of the Prophet SAW, Sa’d ibn Abi Waqqas رضي الله عنه felt bewildered and confused when he became governor of Kufa. During the Prophet’s lifetime, he too would eat tree leaves or the skin of a carcass. He could not bear the castles of his new life after having tasted the pleasure of his old life in the company of the Prophet SAW.
Therefore there is a secret to guide you in this life – and that is to know the triviality of this world.
Once when he entered the house of the Prophet SAW, ‘Umar رضي الله عنه saw marks on the Prophet’s side, the result of his always lying down on straw, and he also noticed the bareness of the room. His eyes swelled with tears after seeing such a moving sight. The Messenger of Allah SAW, the example and leader of all, in such a situation! It was too much for him.
‘Umar رضي الله عنه said, “You know, O Messenger of Allah, of the lifestyle of Khosrau and Caesar!” The Prophet SAW replied:
“O son of Khaṭṭâb, are you in doubt? Are you not pleased that for us is the hereafter, and for them is this world?”
It is a just balance and a fair distribution. So let them try to find their happiness in dollars, gold, silver, mansions, and cars. Verily, by Allah SWT, they will never find it in those things.
Source: Don’t Be Sad by Dr Aid al-Qarni
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