There is such a wealth of Ahadith about this aspect
of the Prophet's life that it is really difficult to chose a few
examples. He said:
"Abstinence is an asset of a Mo'min."
The Prophet's (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) Dislike for gold:
The Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) said:
"My Lord offered to turn the mounts of Mecca into gold for
me. But my supplication to Him was; '0, Allah! I like to eat one
day and feel hungry the next, so that I may cry before Thee and
remember Thee when I am hungry; and be grateful to Thee and glorify
Thee when my hunger is gone!"
Thus said our Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam). We profess
to follow him and are proud of being in the fold of his Ummat. Isn't
it incumbent upon us to follow him in practice also?
2. The Prophet's (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) Life of Abstinence
Once, the Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) decided to stay
away from his wives for one month, as he was displeased with them
on some account. He lived for that one month in a separate room
in the upper story. A rumor that the Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe
wasallam) had divorced his wives got afloat among the Sahabah. When
'U mar heard of this, he came running to the musjid and found the
Sahabah sitting in groups, struck with grief over the Prophet's
suffering. He went to his daughter Hafsah (Radhiyallaho anha), who
was a wife of the Prophet, and found her weeping in her room. He
said to her:
"Why are you weeping now? Have I not been warning
you all these times to refrain from any act likely to cause the
He returned to the musjid and found some of the Sahabah sitting
near the pulpit and weeping. He sat there for some time, but could
not sit for long due to his excessive grief. He went towards the
room where the Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) was staying.
He found Rabah (Radhiyal-laho anho), a slave, sitting on the steps.
He asked him to go and inquire of the Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe
wasallam] if he could allow 'Umar (Radhiyallaho anho) to see him.
Rabah went inside and came back to inform him that the Prophet (Sallallaho
alaihe wasallam) held his peace and said nothing. 'Umar (Radhiyallaho
anho) returned to the musjid and sat near the pulpit.
Again the anguish eating his heart would not allow him any rest,
and he requested Rabah to convey his request to the Prophet a second
time. The Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) did not make any
answer this time too. After tarrying near the pulpit for some time
more, 'Umar (Radhiyallaho anho) craved permission to see the Prophet
(Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) for the third time.
This time, his request was acceded to. When he was ushered in,
he saw the Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) lying on a date
leaf matting. The crossed pattern of the matting could easily be
seen imprinted on his handsome body. He had a leather bag filled
with the bark of the datepalm as his pillow.
Hadhrat 'Umar (Radhiyallaho anho) says:
"I greeted him with Assalamo alaikum and inquired: 'Have
you divorced your wives, 0, Prophet of Allah?" He answered
in the negative. Much relieved, then I made bold to remark, a
bit amusingly; '0, Prophet of Allah! we the Qureysh have always
been having the upper hand over our women, but in case of the
Ansar of Madinah, it is the women who have the upper hand. Our
women have also got influenced by the women over here'.
I said a few more similar things which made him smile. I noticed
that the contents of his room consisted of only three pieces of
tanned skin and a handful of barley lying in a corner. I looked
about, but I failed to find anything else. I began to weep.
He said; 'Why are you weeping?' I replied: '0, Prophet of Allah!
why should I not weep? I can see the mat's pattern imprinted on
your body, and I am also beholding all that you have got in this
room. 0, Prophet of Allah! Pray that Allah may grant ample provisions
The Persians and the Romans who have no true faith and who worship
not Allah but their kings—Caesar and Chosroes-presently
live in gardens with streams running in their midst, but the chosen
Prophet and the accepted slave of Allah does live in such a dire
poverty!' The Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) was resting
against his pillow, but when he heard me talk like this, he sat
up and said; '0, 'Umar! are you still in doubt about this matter?
Ease and comfort in the Hereafter are much better than ease and
comfort in this world.
The unbelievers are enjoying their share of the good things in
this very world, whereas we have all such things in store for
us in the next. I implored him: '0, Prophet of Allah! Ask forgiveness
for me. I was really in the wrong"
Look at the household effects of the sovereign in this world and
in the hereafter, and the beloved Prophet of Allah. See how he rebukes
'Umar when he asks him to pray for some relief and comfort.
Somebody inquired of A'ishah (Radhiyallaho anha) about the bedding
of the Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) in her house. She said:
"It consisted of a skin filled with the bark of date-palm."
The same question was put to Hafsah (Radhiyallaho anha]; she said:
"It consisted of a piece of canvas, which I spread
doublefolded under him. Once I laid it fourfold in an effort to
make it more comfortable. The next morning he asked me: 'What
did you spread under me last night?' I replied: 'The same canvas,
but I had four-folded it instead of the customary double fold.'
He said: 'Keep it as it was before. The additional softness stands
in the way of getting up for Tahajjud.'"
Now let us look around and survey the furniture of our bedrooms.
We, who live in so much comfort, never hesitate to complain of hard
times, instead of being grateful and more obedient to Allah for
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