By being unconcerned over trifles, you display a
virtue that will bring you happiness, for the one who is lofty in his aims is
engrossed only with concern for the Hereafter.
One of our pious predecessors advised one of his
brothers with the following words,
"Be concerned about this only: about meeting
Allah, about standing in front of Him, and about the Hereafter."
(That Day shall you be brought to Judgment, not a
secret of you will be hidden.) (Qur'an 69: IS)
There is not a single worry or concern whose
significance is not diminished when it is compared to the concerns of the
Hereafter. What are the worries of this life? They are status, prestige, fame, income,
wealth, mansions, and children. They are all nothing when compared to the
accountability before Allah!
Allah described His enemies, the hypocrites, by
(While another party was thinking about themselves [
as how to save their own selves, ignoring the others and the Prophet] and
thought wrongly of Allah...) (Qur'an 3: I54)
Their concerns are for themselves, their stomachs, and
their lusts; they know nothing of higher motives.
When the people pledged allegiance to the Prophet
(bpuh) under the tree, one of the hypocrites left hastily in search of his red
camel, which had strayed. He said,
"For me to find my camel is more beloved to me
than your ceremony of pledging allegiance."
And in relation to this incident, the following is
related in a hadith:
"All of you have been forgiven, except for the
owner of the red camel."
One of the hypocrites, who was worried only about
himself, said to his companions concerning the expedition to Tabuk, "March
not forth in the heat." Allah, the
(Say: 'The Fire of Hell is more intense in heat...)
(Quran 9: 81)
Another one of them said:
(Grant me leave [to be exempted from Jihad] and put me
not into trial.) (Qur'an 9: 49)
And Allah said:
(Surely they have fallen into trial.) (Qur'an 9: 49)
While yet others were troubled and concerned only for
their wealth and their families:
(Our possessions and our families occupied us, so ask
forgiveness for us.) (Qur'an 48: 1)
These concerns are trifles that none should be
preoccupied with - except for those who are themselves trifling and
insignificant. As for the noble Companions, they desired the favors of Allah
and they longed for His pleasure.