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Contentment and Zuhd

as salaamu ‘alaykum wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuh..

Shaykh Muhammad al-Ameen ash-Shinqeetee who died on 17/12/1393H (rahimahullaah) took very little from this worldly life, and I used to see him and he could not differentiate between the values of different (notes within the same) currency, and he once said to me: “I came from my country (Shinqeet (Mauritania]) and with me is a treasure that is very seldom found in the possession of anyone, and it is contentment, and if I wanted high status, I would have known the way to achieve it, but I chose not to exchange this worldly life for the hereafter, and I do not give my knowledge to attain world worldly desires.”

  • Transcribed from: The Etiquette of Seeking Knowledge | Shaykh Bakr Abu Zayd
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Categories: Manhaj (Methodology)

Benefit: The Dunyaa is the Devil’s Intoxicant

April 1, 2011 1 comment

Bismillaah, wal-hamdulilaah, was-salaatu was-salaamu ‘alaa rasoolillaah,

As Salaamu ‘Alaykum wa Rahmatullaahi wa Barakatuh

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Friday, 01 April 2011
In the Name of Allaah, Ar-Rahmaan, Ar-Raheem…

Yahya Ibn Mu’aadh Ar-Raazee stated:

“This worldly life is the Devil’s intoxicant (Khamr). Whoever is intoxicated by it will not regain consciousness until they are in the ranks of the dead, in a state of regret, among the losers.” In the book ‘Uddah As-Saabireen of Al-Imam Ibn Al-Qayyim, p. 349, Daar Ibn Al-Jawzee.

Ibn Al-Qayyim said in the same book,

“The intoxicating effect of loving this world is far more potent than the intoxication that results from drinking alcohol by a long way. The one who is intoxicated by this will not gain his senses until he is in the darkness of his grave, and [if he regains his senses] and the effects of this cease while he is living then he will surely appreciate the extent of intoxication that this worldly life can cause and that it is more severe than alcohol…” (p. 349)

Ibn Al-Qayyim said,

“Numerous narrations have been transmitted from the rightly guided predecessors where [they have mentioned] that the love of this world is the root of (all) sins and the source of them.” (p. 349)

He said,

“The love of this world and leadership is that which has filled the Hellfire with its inhabitants, and the practice of abstinence as it relates to the life of this world and leadership is that which has filled paradise with its inhabitants.” (p. 349)

By Allah, the scholars of Islam, or the doctors of the hearts, have spoken the truth; this is truly an epidemic. Even some non-Muslims are now attesting to the fact that materialism has brought nothing but misery to the world, and they have defined it as disease as ‘Affluenza’. However, they fail to understand that true happiness can only be achieved through belief in Allah and His Messenger.

Source: Fear the Temptation of this World
Compiled and translated by Abu Abdullaah Hassan Somali

wa salaamu ‘alaykum wa rahmatullaah

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Categories: Manhaj (Methodology)