DETACHING FROM THE DUNYA (ZUHD)
Lessons from the Salaf
The Dunya is insignificant!
The Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم slept on a straw mat, Then he stood! And the mat had left marks on his side,
So the companions رضي الله عنهم said “Oh messenger of Allah! Can we make for you a soft bedding?”
[In order to protect his side]
He replied صلى الله عليه و سلم “What do I have to do with this world? I am like a rider who had sat under a tree for its shade, then went away and left it.”
The response should shake us awake,
ما لي و للدنيا؟
What do I have to do with this world?
This Dunya is merely a transit stop in between flights, to the real destination!
Any person who sets up his permanent residence in transit, would be considered mad!
Yet, we are fine with making our Jannah in this world, forgetting where our true Jannah lies!
The Prophet ﷺ refused a life of a king and chose the life of a slave.
So why are we admiring the life of kings and chasing that, while not being content with what suffices for us?
Imam Nawawi رحمه الله in his Muqadimmah of Riyadh As Saliheen said
فأعقل الناس فيها فهم الزهاد
The most intelligent of the people in the Dunya are those who do Zuhd!
And what is Zuhd?
لِكَيلَا تَأسَوا عَلَى مَا فَاتَكُم وَ لَا تَفرَحُوا بِمَا آتَاكُمُ
So that they don’t despair over what has missed them, nor be overjoyed with what has reached them.
Junaid Al Baghdadi رحمه الله said:
خلو القلب عما خلت منه اليد
Emptying the heart of what the hands are empty of.
Conversely, Emptying the heart of what the hands are full of!
I.e you should be the same whether you have a lot of money or whether you miss out on a lot of money.
Don’t be deceived by the Dunya and remain apathetic to it’s allure!
Imam Abdullah ibn Al Mubarak رحمه الله aptly said:
فالدنيا ثلج رخيصة الثمن سريعة الذوبان، و الآخرة كالجوهرة غالية الثمن و لا تذوب
The Dunya is snow, cheap and quick to perish, whilst the Akhirah is like a priceless gem, highly expensive and does not perish.
Az-Zuhd resides in the heart, and it can be achieved by ridding the heart of the slave from the love and the eagerness for this life. This way, the dunya will be in one’s hand, not in his heart, where the love for Allah ﷻ and the Hereafter will and should reside. Az-Zuhd does not entail abandoning the dunya altogether.
May Allah forgive us and grant us Jannah Al Firdous.
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