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Asceticism leads to contentment and desiring the world increases grief and worry

Question

Who is this statement attributed to and please mention the reference?

الزهد في الدنيا يريح القلب والبدن، والرغبة في الدنيا تطيل الهم والحزن

 

Answer

Imam Ahmad, Imam Abu Bakr ibn Abid Dunya (rahimahumallah) and other Muhaddithun have recorded this as a Hadith of Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) mursalan [a chain with an omission after the Tabi’i].

(Az Zuhd of Imam Ahmad, Hadith: 51 and Dhammud Dunya, Hadith: 131 and Az Zuhd, Hadith: 76 of Imam Ibn Abid Dunya. Also see: Faydul Qadir, Hadith: 4595-4596)

 

Translation

Abstinence from the world results in peace/contentment of heart and body and desiring the world increases grief and sorrow.

 

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

 

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

 

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar