Tension Free Life…
Thirteen representatives from Thajeeb tribe of Yemen, came to visit Prophet (May peace and blessings of Allah be upon him). Prophet hosted them nicely and assigned Bilal (May Allah be pleased with him) to help them. They learned many things from prophet and were ready to return to their tribe to teach them what they have learned. Prophet advised his companions to present each of them with gifts better than what he used to give to any other representative groups. He inquired if any one had left to get the gift.
“Yes, the boy who guards our vehicles outside”
“Please ask him to come over”.
They took that boy to Prophet. He introduced himself.
“I am from Abadee tribe. You have given all members of our group with whatever they need. Will you give me what I need too?”
“Indeed, What are your needs?”
My needs are different from that of my friends. Though they came out of their love for Islam, I came here so that Allah’s prophet will pray for me to get my sins forgiven, to have mercy of Allah upon me and to have Allah put contentment in my heart .
Prophet prayed holding him close :Ya Allah, Forgive this boy, have Your mercy on him and fill his mind with contentment .
He also was presented the same gifts like others. They all returned home.
10th Year of Hijra
The same group met prophet in Madina again.
“Where is that boy who visited me with you?”
“Dear Prophet. We have never seen a person like him. We haven’t even heard about someone who is contented like him in what Allah has provided. Even if everyone is parting and sharing this entire world, he won’t even care”.
“Alhamdulillah, I wish that he should die as “one”".
“Don’t everyone die as just one…? ” they doubted.
“No, there are people who die shattered. Their desires and aspirations will fall apart in the valleys of earth. Death will come to them in one of those valleys. Allah will not care in which one they perished.”
As Prophet wished, that boy lead a contented life. Though a big chunk of people from Yemen abandoned Islam after the demise of Prophet, he remained steadfast in Islam. Lived as a preacher of Islam and turned into a great scholar.
There is no great fortune than living contented in what Allah has provided. Such people can live without any anxiety or envy. They can move ahead without any tension. Those who are drowned in greed and envy can never taste the pleasure in this life. Their hearts are filled with desires and greeds, one after another. They can never be satisfied in what Allah has provided.
Look at the life of our beloved Prophet (peace be upon him). From today’s perspective, it would be a “life great sufferings”, but Prophet was happy and contented in what Allah had provided. So did his family. Even if they had rough rotis or dried Barley to eat, they were able to live with it happily and say “All praise belongs to Allah, who fed us and quenched our thirst and made us Muslims”. When wearing cloths, they declared “Praise is to Allah who has clothed me with this and provided it for me, though I was powerless myself and incapable”. When mounting on their vehicle: “Glory be to Him who has brought this under our control whereas we were unable to control it. Surely we are to return to Him”. This is the character of a believer, a mind that constantly reminds the blessings from Allah, a mind that seeks pleasure in what Allah had provided, rather than worrying on what was not given.
Allah says us: “And do not extend your eyes toward that by which We have given enjoyment to [some] categories of them, [its being but] the splendor of worldly life by which We test them. And the provision of your Lord is better and more enduring”. (Qur’an 20:131).
A Hadhees Reported by Ali(May Allah be pleased with him). Prophet(peace be upon him) states: ‘There are two things I am fearful of: placing lengthy hopes [in this world] and following desires; lengthy hopes cause one to forget the Hereafter and vain desires divert a person from the truth. This world will pass by and after that comes the eternal Hereafter. Both this world and the Life-after have their offsprings. So be the children of the Hereafter and not of this world. Today is the time for activities without ordeal and tomorrow is the time of ordeal and not of action.’ (Kithabussuhud 4:122)
A Muslim never believes that his life’s contentment lays in amassed wealth or in splendid buildings or delicious food or luxurious vehicles. Even while living as poor and sleeping in a hut, a Muslim would be able to experience contentment in his heart due to his complete faith in his fate from Allah and the hope about the life in the hereafter. Prophet(PBUH) said “Plenty of provision or abundance do not make a person rich and wealthy; real richness is the benevolence of the heart” and his life was a testimony of this.
Allah, His blessings, His decrees… what is the great fortune in life than comprehending these in the real sense and living with a true inner contentment.
English rendering of article written by Abdul Wadud
Translated by Abu Liyan