"Useful knowledge is that which makes you grow in the fear of Allah,
increases you in awareness of your defects, deepens your knowledge of
the worship of your Lord Most High, decreases your desire for this world
and increases your desire for the life to come, and opens your eyes to
the defects of your actions so that you guard against them."
Muhammad was a very simple person and spent all his
life in simplicity. He was very unceremonious and informal in his
habits. He ate whatever he was given, wore very thick and coarse cloth,
even when he was the ruler of a state and undisputed leader of the
people. He sat on the floor, bare ground or a mat without any
hesitation, alone or in the company of other people. He ate bread made
from coarse flour and even spent days on mere dates. He wore simple
clothes and did not like display or show. He was by nature simple and
liked simplicity and informality in everything.
Masud said that God's Messenger slept on a reed mat and got up with the
mark of it on his body. He said, "O God's Messenger! I wish you would
order us to spread something out for you and make something." The
Prophet replied, "What have I to do with the world, I am like a rider
who rests for a while under the shade of a tree, then goes off and
leaves it." Ubaid-Allah bin Muhsin reported God's Messenger as saying,
"If anyone among you is secure in mind in the morning, healthy in body
and has food for the day, it is as though the whole world has been
brought into his Possession."
Abu Hurairah reported
God's Messenger as saying, "Look at those who are inferior to you and do
not look at those who are superior to you, for that is more likely to
keep you from despising God's Favour on you." Abu Talha said, "When we
complained to God's Messenger of hunger and raised our clothes to show
we were each carrying a stone over our belly, he raised his clothes and
showed that he had two stones on his belly."
liked simple living and wanted his family to lead a simple life and
abstain from ostentatious living. He often wore thick clothes. His bed
was sometimes of rough blanket sometimes of skin filled with palm fibres
and sometimes of ordinary coarse cloth.. In the ninth year of
Al-Hijrah, when the Islamic state had extended from Yemen to Syria, its
ruler had only one bed and one dry water-bag of skin. A'isha reported
that when he died, there was nothing in the house to eat except some
Once Umar entered Muhammad's house and
noticed the state of the furniture in it. Muhammad himself had only one
sheet of cloth round him to cover the lower part of his body. There was
one simple bed, with one pillow filled with nut fibre; on one side of
the room was some barley and in one corner near his feet was an animal
skin. There were some water-bag skins hanging beside his bed. Umar said
that on seeing this tears came into his eyes. God's Messenger asked the
reason for his tears. He replied, "O God's Messenger! Why shouldn't I
cry! The strings of the bed have left marks on your body. This is a
small room with all your furniture, I can see what there is. The Kaiser
of Rome and Kisra of Persia enjoy luxurious living while you, God's
Messenger, and the Chosen One, live like this." He said, "Ibn Khattab!
Don't you like that they choose this world and we choose the
In short, Muhammad lived and liked a
simple life and enjoyed every minute of it. He taught his companions,
through his personal example, to lead a simple life and not to be
Our body is a highly complex organism. There are
numerous functions going on at all times in our bodies like seeing, hearing,
digestion, respiration and different kinds of movements. Almost all these
functions are governed by the unconscious mind. Little effort is required on
the part of our consciousness for the smooth functioning of these bodily
The conscious mind has unlimited capacity for
thinking and analysing facts. But if everything is placed in charge of the
unconscious mind, according to the divine plan of creation, what is the role of
the conscious mind? It is to seek out the truth. The Creator has made the
conscious mind free to involve itself solely in the great quest for truth. To
search for truth is our greatest task.
What is truth? Truth is, in other words, the
reality of life. We must try to know the secret of life, its purpose and goal,
to know what is right and wrong, what are the minus and plus points, what is
negative and positive thinking, what is good for the individual and for
The answers to these questions are not written on
any mountainside. It is up to us to discover the truth. Knowledge of truth is
so important that the Creator has consigned our bodily affairs to the
People frequently live in a state of frustration.
And great men are no exception. They live frustrated lives and they die
frustrated. Tension and stress are ubiquitous.
The reason lies in people's failure to find the
truth. Everyone is a seeker by birth, but everyone lives his life without
knowing what the real purpose of life is. Due to this aimlessness, people are
living in a state of confusion. They speak and write, but without clarity. They
live lives fraught with contradictions. They yearn to find something but without
knowing what that something is.
A tension-free mind is one that can function
positively despite contradiction. People work, but without job satisfaction.
People run after money, but without experiencing inner satisfaction. People
have adopted the formula: Enjoy life! But they don't know what life is and what
its real enjoyment is. It is a paradoxical situation and everyone is living in
this state of self-contradiction.
It is a self-created problem. When the Creator
has given you a mind and made you free to use your mind, you should make use of
this opportunity. You have to activate your thinking capacity. You have to
discover the reality. You have to read what is hidden in nature in an unwritten
form. That is the only way to extricate yourself from this psychological chaos.
The consciousness of truth is interwoven in your
nature; it is very easy, therefore, to discover the truth. The only condition
is to shun distraction, to follow the well-known principle: simple living, high
thinking. If you want to save yourself from going astray, activate your
thinking faculty. Think and you will surely reach the gates of truth.
Prophet Muhammad has explained clearly about personality we should have when we are employer, this kind of character is the picture of people who want to get happiness, either here in this world as well as in the here after. May be it could be difficult for the people, who don't know who God is, what God wants in our life?. But for people who know God, he knows this is exactly what God wants, and he will be willing to act upon God will. Here it is the personality that we should have, Prophet Muhammad says: "Your servant or the people who work for you are your brothers, and it is just coincidence that Allah has put them under your authority, and so, whosoever has brother under his authority in this manner, he should feed them with similar food to that which he eat, and he should clothe them with similar clothing to which he clothe himself. And do not ask them to do something so difficult to do, if you want to instruct them to do something very difficult, you stand up and help them"
عن أبي ذر رضي
الله عنه قال : ساببت رجلاً فعيرته بأمه ، فقال لي النبي صلي الله عليه وسلم ( ياأبا ذر أعيرته بأمه؟ إنك امرؤ فيك جاهلية
، إخوانكم خولكم جعلهم الله تحتأيديكم ، فمن كان أخوه تحت يده فليطعمه مما يأكل ، وليلبسه مما
يلبس ولاتكلفوهم ما يغلبهم ، فإن كلفتموهم فأعينوهم) أخرجه البخاري( .
"Karyawanmu atau orang yang bekerja untuk anda adalah saudara anda, dan adalah kebetulan bahwa Allah menempatkan mereka dibawah otoritas anda, maka, siapa saja punya saudara dibawah otoritasnya dalam hal ini, dia mesti memberi makan sama seperti makanan yang dia makan, memberi pakaian seperti yang dia pakai sendiri. dan jangan meminta mereka melakukan pekerjaan yang berat, jika memberi pekerjaan yang berat maka bantu mereka."
It means that we must be humble and treat our brothers and sisters as we want to be treated. and this that could lead us to get a paradise. Arrogance will never make us happy, it only will create messy in our life.