Be Content

Taken from ‘Discourses on Islamic Way of Life Vol 8’ by Mufti Muhammad Taqi Usmani (May Allah shower him with continuous blessings) (Darul-Ishaat)

Do Not Worry Much for The Next Day.

  When we hear and read the saying of the Prophet (salalahu alayhi wa salam) that if we have nourishment for the day we have everything in the world, a question arises in our minds, “What of the next day? and, what after that?” The truth is that this hadith emphasises that we do not know whether we will see the next day and if we do, then the Master who has given us today will bless us with his benevolence always. Allah has said very explicitly:

“And there is not a creature on the earth but upon Allah rests its sustenance, and He knows its dwelling place and its repository.” (11:6)

Thus, Allah has taken upon Himself the sustenance of every creature and He knows where it lives so He will cause its sustenance to be delivered to it. Therefore, we are required to work and trust in Him and He will provide us with nourishment. Let us do that and thank Allah for whatever we have with us today. Allah has promised those who thank Him that He will grant them more. “If you gives thanks, certainly I will give you more.” (14:7)

Peace Is Found In Contentment

  This Hadith also teaches us that in contentment lies peace and security. Contenetment is satisfaction with whatever Allah has given us after we have adopted lawful means for livelihood. We must not covet something mroe because there is no other way to be happy in this world. A man may amass wealth and build palatial houses but he cannot be peaceful if he is not content. If he has all the imaginable riches, he cannot buy peace but if he has the asset of contement then he will be happy with the slightest amount of food and the fulfilment of the bare necessities will bring him epace and satisfaction. This statement will be found correct by ayone who experiments it.

Contentment is a great asset

  There is no wealth greater than contement. Today, everyone coutns money, house, possessions as wealth and assets. We must know that none of these is wealth. True wealth is contenetment. The holy Prophet (salalahu alayhi wa salam) has said, according to a hadith: “Richness is not abundance of property and possessions but richness is self-contentment.” (Sahih Bukhari, Book 81 of Ar-Riqaq (Softening the hearts) Chapter 15 Hadith#6446)

  Thus, abundance of property and possession is not the sign of wealth and richest but self-contentment is senonymous with wealth and riches for such man’s heart is unconcerned and independent of wants. He does not extend his hand before anyone else, he does not narrate his need to anyone else and he does not attempt to gather wealth through unlawful means. he is satisfied with what he possesses and is resigned to the fact that what he has not received was not good for him: If that was good for him, he would have got it but since he has not received it, Allah knows that it was not beneficial for him.

The Contentment Of The Prophet (Salalahu alayhi wa salam)

  An angel presents himself before the Holy Prophet (Salalahu alayhi wa salam) and says, “If you Command the mount uhud, would turn into gold and that would belong to you.” The Holy Prophet (salalahu alayhi wa salam) refused the offer saying, “I wish to spend my life in such a way that when I get anything to eat, I should thank Allah and when I do not get it, I may be Patient. In this way, I would received the blessings of gratefulness and I would not wish to have large wealth and possessions and I would receive the blessings of patience too. I want the wealth that woudl pull me towards Allah.” So, He also made this supplication: “O Allah! I seek your protection from every such wealth that causes me to be rebellious.”

Summary

  The gist of my statement is that this  Hadith teaches us two things. One of these is that we should thank Allah for whatever we received, even if it is a very minor thing. We must refrain from being ungrateful. We must sit down a while and concentrate on the blessings Allah continues to shower on us. It is our existence, our life, our breathing, our eyes, ears, teeth, face, hands and feet. These are Allah’s blessings and none of them could be bought if we happen to lose any. We must think of our health, house family, peace, comfort, and such blessings and thank Allah for that. The second thing it teachs us is that we must not look at any person who has a higher worldly rank than us, but we must look at him who is lower than us in worldly matters. In affairs of religion we must look at him who enjoys a higher rank. The third lesson this hadith teaches us is that we must be content with what we have. But contentment does not mean that we must not aadopt reasonable means; we are not precluded from adopting reasonable means. For example, a man may do business, take up service, cultivate the land and what he gets lawfully from these reasonable means, he must be content with it. he should not try to make up any shortfall through unlawful means. He must be contented and pray to Allah. “O Allah! Grant me contentment and bless whatever favours You have granted me.

  May Allah grant me and all of you the wealth of contentment and inspire us to obey the sayings of the Holy Prophet (salalahu alayhi wa salam) Aameen.

  And our Last prayer is Praise belongs to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds.

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