The Righteous Follow the Way of the Prophets:\r\n\r\nThe righteous follow the way of the Prophet\u00a0\u00a0as he was the model example. \u2018Ali, may Allah be pleased with him, said, \u201cAll goodness is for those who are ascetic in this worldly life and those who incline to the Hereafter. They are those who took the land as their rug, its dust as their mattress, its water as their perfume, the Quran as their slogan, and supplication as their garment. They completely renounced the worldly life.\u201d\r\n\r\nAbu Ad-Dardaa\u2019, may Allah be pleased with him, wrote a letter to some of his friends, saying, \u201cI advise you to fear Allah, to be ascetic in this worldly life, and to desire what is with Allah. If you do so, Allah will love you for your desire for what is with Him, and people will love you for leaving their worldly lives for them. As-Salaamu Alaykum.\u201d\r\n\r\n\u2018Urwah ibn Az-Zubayr\u00a0\u00a0reported that the Mother of the Believers, \u2018Aa\u2019ishah, may Allah be pleased with her, once received eighty thousand Dirhams from Mu\u2018aawiyah, may Allah be pleased with him, and by that evening she did not have even a single Dirham left. Her maid said to her, \u201cShould you not have bought a Dirham\u2019s worth of meat for us?\u201d She replied, \u201cIf you had reminded me, I would have done.\u201d\r\n\r\nIbn Mas\u2018ood, may Allah be pleased with him, said, \u201cThe worldly life is the home of those who have no home and the wealth of those who have no wealth. The one who has no knowledge accumulates in it.\u201d\r\n\r\nWhen \u2018Umar, may Allah be pleased with him, reached Ash-Shaam (greater Syria), his soldiers met him while he was wearing a lower garment, a pair of leather socks and a turban. He was pulling along his riding animal and walking in puddles. The soldiers said to him, \u201cO commander of the believers, Will the soldiers and patriarchs of Ash-Shaam meet you while you are in this state?\u201d He replied, \u201cWe are people whom Allah has honored by Islam, so we will not seek honor in anything else.\u201d\r\n\r\nA man visited Abu Tharr, may Allah be pleased with him, and looked around at his house and said, \u201cO Abu Tharr, I do not see any belongings or furniture in your house!\u201d He replied, \u201cWe have another house [i.e., his house in Paradise] to which we send our good belongings.\u201d He added, \u201cThe owner of the house [i.e., Allah] will not leave us in this house.\u201d\r\n\r\n\u2018Amr ibn Al-\u2018Aas, may Allah be pleased with him, said in a sermon that he delivered in Egypt, \u201cWhat a huge difference there is between your way and the guidance of your Prophet\u00a0! He was the most ascetic of people in this worldly life while you are the most inclining of people towards it.\u201d\r\n\r\n\u2018Ali, may Allah be pleased with him, said, \u201cI married Faatimah while we had no bedding but the skin of a ram that we would sleep on at night and place the fodder for the camel on it during the day. I had no one to serve me but her, and she would get so exhausted that her forelock would fall on the edge of the bowl when she kneaded.\u201d\r\n\r\nWhen Mu\u2018aath ibn Jabal, may Allah be pleased with him, was about to die, he said, \u201cO Allah, You know that I did not love this worldly life and longevity in it for the sake of digging rivers or planting trees [i.e., the sustenance in this worldly life]. Rather, [I wanted it] for the sake of fasting during the day, performing voluntary prayers at night, and attending the assemblies of remembering Allah, despite them being crowded.\u201d\r\n\r\nImaam Ahmad ibn Hanbal\u00a0\u00a0mentioned that the best person from the generation that succeeded that of the Companions of the Prophet\u00a0\u00a0in terms of knowledge was Sa\u2018eed ibn Al-Musayyib\u00a0\u00a0but the finest in general was \u2019Uways Al-Qarni\u00a0. \u2019Uways\u00a0\u00a0would say, \u201cTake death as a pillow when you go to sleep and put it before your eyes when you are awake.\u201d\r\n\r\nMaalik ibn Dinaar\u00a0\u00a0said, \u201cA person intends to marry the most beautiful woman in the district, so she says to him. \u2018I want garments made of wool\u2019, then she takes away his religion.\u201d\r\n\r\nMany of the righteous predecessors would refuse to take lawful money that was offered to them and would say, \u201cWe will not take it lest it ruins our religion.\u201d\r\n\r\nHammaad ibn Salamah\u00a0\u00a0would open his shop, and if he earned just two Dirhams, he would close it.\r\n\r\nSa\u2018eed ibn Al-Musayyib\u00a0\u00a0would trade in oil, and after his death he left four hundred Dinaars, saying, \u201cI left them to protect my honor and religion.\u201d\r\n\r\nSufyaan Ath-Thawri\u00a0\u00a0said, \u201cAsceticism in this worldly life is to not have the hope of a long life, rather it is to eat rough food or wear rough clothes.\u201d\r\n\r\nAsh-Shaafi\u2018i\u00a0\u00a0also dispraised this worldly life and being attached to it.\r\n\r\nAbu Sulaymaan Ad-Daaraani\u00a0\u00a0would say, \u201cAll that distracts you from Allah The Almighty, whether family, wealth or children, is a misfortune.\u201d\r\n\r\nPeople Far Better than Us were Deprived of the Pleasures of this Worldly Life:\r\n\r\nIt is enough to know that being ascetic is a part of taking the Prophet\u00a0\u00a0and his companions as examples. This act is perfect reliance upon Allah The Almighty and instills contentment in the heart, which in turn leads to the comfort of this worldly life and the happiness of the Hereafter. The ascetic person is loved by Allah The Almighty and by other people. Therefore, if you have possessions, praise Allah The Almighty and do not let your heart be attached to the worldly life. Likewise, if you are poor, be patient, for people who were better than you were deprived of the pleasures of this worldly life. Our Prophet\u00a0\u00a0would sleep on a mat such that its marks appeared on his body, and he died while there was no provision on the shelf of \u2018Aa\u2019ishah, may Allah be pleased with her, except a handful of barley that she would eat from. If one were to enter the rooms of his wives, his head would touch the ceiling. \u2018Umar ibn Al-Khattaab, may Allah be pleased with him, the caliph of the Muslims, once delivered a sermon wearing a garment that had twelve patches.\r\n\r\nThese people were not deprived of the pleasures of this worldly life because of their abasement in the sight of Allah The Almighty, rather because of the abasement of the worldly life in His sight, which does not even equal the weight of a wing of a mosquito; and the two voluntary units of prayer before Fajr prayer are better than this worldly life and what it contains. In order for one not to despair over what has eluded him, he should not exult in pride over what Allah The Almighty has given him. The believer does not become disappointed over being disgraced in it nor compete with others over its glory, as he has his own concern and they have other concerns.\r\n\r\nBe the slave of Allah The Almighty at times of hardship and ease, and at times of activity and suffering. Whether the worldly life approaches you or turns away from you, its approaching is refraining and its turning away is approaching. The basic rule is that it approaches you with what you dislike, and when it approaches you with what you like, this is an exception.