Simplicity and contentment

The Prophet ﷺ (peace be upon him) advised us to live with simplicity thousands of years before the concept of minimalism started trending. When we realize that we are not going to take anything from this world, we start investing in what matters the most – the pleasure of Allah.

Dr. Bilal Philips (Twitter)

Be in this world as if you were a stranger or a passing traveller

Sahih al-Bukhari Collection, Hadith # 6416

Competing for worldly wealth

Be happy, and hope for what will please you. By Allah (God), I am not afraid that you will be poor, but I fear that worldly wealth will be bestowed upon you as it was bestowed upon those who lived before you. So you will compete amongst yourselves for it, as they competed for it and it will destroy you as it did them.

Prophet Mohammad ﷺ (peace and blessings be upon him), from Sahih al-Bukhari Collection, Hadith # 4015

Do not forget your brothers and sisters

A Muslim student I knew in San Francisco found that aspect of the Islamic prayer disturbing. “Why do we have to pray so close together, in such close proximity to each other? Here I am, trying to concentrate all my attention on God, and yet I am constantly conscious of someone’s body brushing against me on my right and left!”

I told him that I thought he had arrived at an important observation that uncovers a fundamental precept of Islam: even in your most intense worship, you are not to forget your brother or sister on your right and on your left. In other words, your personal and spiritual welfare and salvation is inseparably linked to your response to your fellow human beings.

Jeffrey Lang, Struggling to Surrender (page 126-127)