Ar-Raashid wrote in Al-Masaar:
three hundred sixty loaves, a canister of oil, and one thousand six hundred
dates (i.e., enough provision for one year), then none can enslave him."
One of our pious
predecessors once said:
"The one who is satisfied with dry bread and water will
be free from slavery except the slavery to Allah.
(And have in his mind no
favor from anyone for which a reward is expected in return) (Qur'an 92: 19)
"My aspirations and
desires enslaved me since I obeyed them, lf I had only been contented, I would
have been free."
Those who seek to make
wealth or status a means to happiness will come to know in the end how futile
and fruitless their efforts were.
(And truly you have come
unto Us alone [without wealth, companions or anything else] as We created you
the first time. You have left behind all that which we had bestowed on you.) (Quran
(Nay you prefer the life of
this world; although the Hereafter is better and more lasting) (Qur'an 87:
Dirt was the pillow of Sufyan
The lives of eminent scholars
of the past are filled with lessons in humility. During the pilgrimage season,
Sufyan ath-Thawri wanted to rest for the night, so he placed his cheek on a
tiny mound of dirt. The people said to him, "You rest your head on dirt,
yet you are the greatest scholar of hadith in the world." ťHe answered, "This pillow of mine is indeed
better than that of the Caliph."
(Say: Nothing shall ever
happen to us except what Allah has ordained for us.) (Quran 9: 51)