Amazing Wealth

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Do you wish to have such wealth which can never be stolen by thugs and thieves, guarantees peace, secures happiness, protects from misery and mental turmoil… and even saves one from many serious sins? Yes indeed, every sane person wants such wealth, and to acquire it is very simple — BE CONTENT. Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) has clearly declared, “Verily true wealth is the wealth of the heart (contentment).” (Saheeh Bukhaari #6446)

The greatness, excellence, brilliance and magnitude of the noble attribute of contentment can be clearly understood from the practice of Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah bin ‘Abbaas (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma). On the advice of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), during the great ‘ibaadat of tawaaf of the Ka’bah Shareef, he would make the following du‘aa between the Rukn-e-Yamaani and Hajr Aswad: “O Allah! Bless me with contentment in that which you have given me!”. (Mustadrak Haakim #1674) Subhaanallah! The greatest Rasul of Allah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) advising that in the greatest of places one should keep begging Allah Ta‘ala for such an immensely great wealth… the lesson is for his Ummah to acquire this true wealth and enjoy its benefit.

Never Satisfied

One of the greatest calamities that befalls a person who lacks contentment is that he will NEVER find satisfaction in anything. No matter how much he has, it will never be enough. Regardless of what he has, it will never be good enough. If he has twenty pairs of shoes, his eye will be on yet another. If she has two dozen abaayas or a dozen hand bags, she will believe she has “nothing”. The “ultimate” car or house will soon be “not so nice”. Such a person “needs” to buy the latest phone, “needs” to eat at the newest restaurant, “needs” to have an overseas holiday and obviously “needs” an endless stream of money. Such people generally remain unhappy – unhappy with the things they have, unhappy with their own selves, unhappy with the people around them and unhappy with almost everything. They even become unhappy over the happiness of others and become consumed with jealousy. They will often be found comparing themselves with those who apparently have something which they don’t have or who is apparently better off than themselves in some way or the other. As a result, together with being miserable they also become very ungrateful – ungrateful for all the countless blessings that Allah Ta‘ala has blessed them with. They become shackled by greed, due to which they cannot even truly enjoy what they have. How true is the following saying: “A slave is free as long as he is content, while even a free person is a slave if he lacks contentment!” It is for this reason that Sayyiduna Sa’d bin Abi Waqqaas (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) once advised his son saying, “O my beloved son! If you wish to become wealthy then seek wealth in contentment, for if one has no contentment, no amount of money will satisfy him.” (Taareekh Dimashq vol. 20, pg. 363)

Grateful People

On the contrary, a content person finds satisfaction in the simple things of life and is always grateful for what he has been blessed with. He always compares himself with the billions of people who have much lesser than what he has been blessed with. He or she does NOT have the “NEED” to do what others are doing, to go to places that others are visiting, to try and keep up with the Jones or to chase after every new item on the market. While they use some of the surplus wealth that Allah Ta‘ala has blessed them with to enjoy the various bounties in moderation, a significant portion of the surplus is happily spent in the cause of Deen and in helping and uplifting others. This is what gives them great joy and happiness. It is reported about Sayyiduna ‘Uthmaan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) that while he would feed the people the food of “kings” (very superior food), he would himself partake of simple food such as vinegar and olive oil. Even after becoming the khaleefah, and despite his vast wealth, he preferred to ride a simple mule rather than a magnificent stallion, and would even mount his slave on the mule behind him. (Hilyatul Awliyaa, vol. 1, pg. 98)

Media

Among the things that kill contentment and fuel greed is the media. It constantly bombards people with adverts making them believe that they “need” the items advertised. There’s always a “sale” and a “bargain”. Hence many things which we never wanted and without which we were comfortable, suddenly become things we “need” – because it is at a discounted price, or simply because it is new. Shopping – online and offline – then becomes an addiction. Therefore, the person who wishes to enjoy the peace of contentment must curb the exposure to media and stop looking at everything that is for sale.

Another aspect that fuels greed and destroys contentment is the constant discussion of material wealth and high flying worldly ambitions. While any discussion to understand something that may benefit one, or the occasional general talk may not become an issue, sitting in company where the only talk revolves around how to make money or listening to how people are “living it up” will cause the fire of greed to spark in one’s heart. The coolness of contentment will then swiftly leave. One should also totally refrain from following the glorified lives of people on Instagram, etc. as this will almost certainly destroy one’s contentment.

Presciption

Among the aspects that help to inculcate contentment are the following:

* Daily meditate upon death for a few minutes. Think about how all your possessions are going to be distributed to others and how some may perhaps squander it.

* Ponder over the fleeting nature of this world, and that one day all this will be dust. Visualise how buildings will be lying in ruins, etc.

* Read about the lives of the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) and pious personalities, especially about their contentment. An excellent read in this regard is “Stories of Sahaabah” and “Fazaa’il-e-Sadaqaat” by Hazrat Shaikh Moulana Muhammad Zakariyya (rahimahullah).

* Keep reaffirming one’s faith in taqdeer. The following beautiful du‘aa is very effective in strengthening this fundamental belief and also in inculcating contentment:

 اَللَّهُمَّ لَا مَانِعَ لِمَا أَعْطَيْتَ، ولا مُعْطِيَ لِمَا مَنَعْتَ، ولا يَنْفَعُ ذَا الْجَدِّ مِنْكَ الْجَدُّ

“O Allah! None can prevent what You give, and nobody can give what You have decreed to withhold, and no person’s wealth will be of any avail to him by You [only his imaan and righteous actions will benefit him]”. (Saheeh Bukhaari #844)

This du‘aa is to be recited after every salaah. The more consciously it is recited, the more effective it will be. 

May Allah Ta‘ala make us among the wealthiest people on earth – by blessing us with true contentment. 

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