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20 October 2018 CE | 09 Safar 1440 AH
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Hadith Explanation


Zuhud’s Three Stages


The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “Had the world been worth even the wing of a gnat to Allah, He would not have even given a drink of water from it to a Kafir.” [Tirmidhi; Kitab az-Zuhud]

The ahadith which scorn worldly goods and describe how worthless they are in the sight of Allah are many. What matters is Allah’s pleasure, and whatever we have to give up to obtain it, is insignificant compared to what Allah will give us in return.

Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) says: “You desire the attractions of this world, but Allah desires the next world for you.” [Quran: Surah al-Anfaal, Ayat 67]

Any person who exchanges the things of this world for the next world is doing without something in this life and so may be considered a Zahid. There are three stages of Zuhud:

The first stage is to withdraw from the life of this world, even though you may still have a great desire for it and your heart is still drawn towards it. The self is still pre-occupied with the world, even though you struggle with it and restrain it.

The second stage is to acquire detachment from this world and to do without in it, in order to obtain your reward for avoiding it. Here, it is your doing without which preoccupies you. This is the state of the person who gives away a dirham in order to obtain two.

The third stage is that of the one who willingly puts the world to one side without even a thought for what he has abandoned. This is the one who has exchanged a fragment of broken pottery for a jewel.

Or it is like someone who, seeking to gain entrance to see the King, is prevented by a dog at the gate. By throwing the dog a scrap it is distracted and this makes it possible for him to gain entrance to the King’s audience chamber. Shaytaan is like that dog, standing at the gates of Allah. He tries to prevent people from entering them, even though the gates are wide open and the world is just a scrap which you can toss aside without a second thought.

So cash your expensive meals, outings, and fashionable clothes for the never ending Pleasure of Allah and the never diminishing joys of Jannah.

What in life I can do without, that I can spend in Allah’s Path instead, only I know. I have to take the first few steps and Allah will give me the strength to walk farther and faster.

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