In The Name of Allaah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy.

[A] Narrated Qais: I heard Khabbab, who had branded his abdomen with seven brands, saying, “Had Allah’s Messenger not forbidden us to invoke Allah for death, I would have invoked Allah for death. The companions of Muhammad have left this world without taking anything of their reward in it but we have collected of the worldly wealth what we cannot spend but on earth”. [1]

Regarding Khabbaab’s [radiyallaahu-anhu] statement, “The companions of Muhammad have left this world without taking anything of their reward in it”; Imaam Abdul-Azeez Bin Baaz [rahimahullaah] said, “They died upon tremendous good and did not reach the adornments of this worldly life”.[2]  And regarding Khabbaab’s [radiyallaahu-anhu] statement, “But we have collected of the worldly wealth what we cannot spend but on earth”; Imaam Abdul-Azeez Bin Baaz [rahimahullaah] said, “(Spent) on castles and houses”. [3]

[B] Narrated Abu Hurairah [radiyallaahu-anhu]: Allaah’s Messenger [sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam] said: “If anyone of you looked at a person who was made superior to him in wealth and (good) appearance, then let him also look at the one who is below him and to whom he has been made superior”. [4] Imaam Abdul-Azeez Bin Baaz (rahimahullaah) said, “So that he may recognize Allaah’s blessing upon him. And in another narration [it is stated], ‘So that he does not belittle the blessings Allaah has bestowed upon him’”. [5]

[C] Narrated Abu Sa’eed [radiyallaahu-anhu]: Allah’s Messenger [sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam] said: “The thing I am afraid of most for your sake, is the worldly blessings which Allah will bring forth to you.” It was said, “What are the blessings of this world?” The Prophet (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) said, “The pleasures of the world.” A man said, “Can the good bring forth evil?” The Prophet kept quiet for a while till we thought that he was being inspired divinely. Then he started removing the sweat from his forehead and said,” Where is the questioner?” That man said, “I (am present).” Abu Sa’id added: We thanked the man when the result (of his question) was such. The Prophet said, “Good never brings forth but good. This wealth (of the world) is (like) green and sweet (fruit), and all the vegetation which grows on the bank of a stream either kills or nearly kills the animal that eats too much of it, except the animal that eats the Khadira (a kind of vegetation). Such an animal eats till its stomach is full and then it faces the sun and starts ruminating and then it passes out dung and urine and goes to eat again. This worldly wealth is (like) sweet (fruit), and if a person earns it (the wealth) in a legal way and spends it properly, then it is an excellent helper, and whoever earns it in an illegal way, he will be like the one who eats but is never satisfied.” [6]

Imaam Abdul-Azeez Bin Baaz [rahimahullaah] said: The Prophet [sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam] clarified that good only brings good.  Wealth is not absolute goodness, rather it is a trial. So whoever spends it in its rightful (place), then it is good; and whoever spends it in dubious ways, then it will be bad for him, such as the eater of the khadira (i.e. a kind of vegetation); but it becomes safe and sound when it defecates and urinates. [7]

[D] Narrated Abdullaah (radiyallaahu-anhu): “The Prophet (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) said: Paradise is nearer to any of you than the Shiraak (leather strap) of his shoe, and so is the (Hell) fire”. [8]  Imaam Abdul-Azeez Bin Baaz (rahimahullaah) said: This (i.e. the above speech of the Prophet) is from Jawaami Al-kalim (i.e. a short expression with a vast meaning).  There is nothing between him (i.e. a person) and paradise except dying (in a state) of Imaan and (that can be within) a few moments.  And there is nothing between him and the hell fire except dying (in a state) of disbelief and (that can be within) a few moments. [9]

[E] Narrated Anas (radiyallaahu-anhu): The Prophet (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) said: “O Allaah! There is no life worth living except the life of the Hereafter, so make righteous the Ansaar and the emigrants.” [10] Imaam Abdul-Azeez Bin Baaz (rahimahullaah) said: There is no life that has much importance except the life of the Hereafter, because it does not end.” [11]

[F] Narrated Sahl Bin Sa’d: Allaah’s Messenger (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) said, ”whoever can guarantee (the chastity of) what is between his two jaw bones and what is between his two legs (i.e. his mouth, his tongue and his private parts), I guarantee Paradise for him.”[12] Imaam Abdul-Azeez Bin Baaz (rahimahullaah) said: This requires two affairs; [a] A lot of remembrance (of Allaah); [b] keeping away from gatherings of heedlessness and doubts, and (keeping away from) that which will result in fornication and nonsense speech. [13]

[G] Narrated Aaisha (radiyallaahu-anhaa): The family of Muhammad (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) had never eaten wheat bread to their satisfaction for three successive days since their arrival in Al-Madina till the death of the Prophet (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) [14] Imaam Abdul Azeez Bin Baaz (rahimahullaah) said: A lot of wealth used to come to him (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) but he used to give precedence to others.. [15]

[H] Narrated Aaisha (radiyallaahu-anhaa): A complete month would pass by during which we would not make a fire (for cooking), and our food used to be only dates and water unless we were given a present of some meat. [16] Imaam Abdul-Azeez Bin Baaz (rahimahullaah) said: In some of the narrations (Aaisha said), ‘’two months (passed and they would not make a fire for cooking)’’ [17]

References:

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