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Tonight I am going to talk about Contentment and greed. Contentment is when you are thankful for what Allah (SWT) has provided you with. Greed is when you are not thankful for what Allah (SWT) has given you and you always want more. As we pass through life looking at people and materialistic things around us, We often tend to look at people above us and desire to be like them.
But Islam advises us to look at those below us and feel content at what Allah has provided us.
We have a good car that meets our needs, but we always want a nicer, more expensive one—a Mercedes or a Jaguar perhaps. We have a nice house, but we always want a bigger, fancier, more expensive one.
More jewelry, fancier clothes, a boat. The list goes on. We always think about more rather than saying, “Alhamdulillah,” for what we already have. Imam Ali (AS) has said that “There is no health where there is greed.
” And Imam Ali ( AS ) has also said ‘ The most thankful people is the most content’ .
Many children are the same. They have grown up surrounded by advertisements on TV, on the radio, and on billboards. They want everything they see, and they expect to get it—now! But how can we teach them to be content, if we are not content ourselves? Instead of wanting everything we see, we need to learn to resist.
Instead of letting our children have everything they want, we need to teach them to be thankful for what they have.
Many people possess the material goods of the world and are not happy. In fact, they are often the most miserable people. With everything they have, they still feel they want more.
This unfilled desire, along with the constant nagging in their heart for more, makes them unhappy. Those who have little but feel no need for more do not experience this nagging in their heart. They can relax and find peace.
Indeed, the richest person is not the one who has the most, but the one who is content with what he has. The following are some principles that, if remembered, will help us develop this type of contentment in our own lives.
As previously mentioned, we should look at the people who have less than us, not those who have more. When purchasing something, we should consider what we need, not how glamorous or prestigious it is. We should look at what we already have and be thankful to Allah (SWT).
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