Types of People in relation to Money

1. The Mustaghni (Indifferent) : the peak of perfection (ghāyatul kamāl) in zuhd (asceticism) is indifference to money whether it is present or absent. It is the state of ‘Aīsha radiyaAllāhu ‘anhā when 100 000 dirhams were presented to her and she spent the day distributing it without taking a dirham… not remembering that she could have used some to purchase a meal for breaking her fast that day until her servant-girl reminded her of it.

2. The Zāhid (Ascetic) : who is repelled by and despises money, wary of its evil and flees from it.

3. The Rāḍī (Contented) : does not so desire money that it would bring him joy were he to obtain it, or repel him to the point of distress, causing him to give it away quickly after acquiring it.

4. The Qāni’ (Satisfied) : having money is dearer to him than not having it, because he desires it. Yet, despite this desire, he does not embark in pursuit of it. Rather, when it comes his way, he takes it with delight. But if it requires effort, he will not trouble himself to acquire although he is able to do it.

5. The Ḥarīṣ (Desirous) : Either he desires money inasmuch as were he to find the means by which he can attain it – even if it strains him – he would pursue it or he is one who is busy in pursuit of it.

6. The Muḍtarr (Direly in Need) : one who needs it for his basic survival needs from food, clothes or shelter regardless his desire for it is strong or weak.

– Keypoints taken from the Iḥya’ of Al-Imām Al-Ghazālī

Bidayah Al-Hidayah – Imam Al-Ghazali

Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem, Alhamdulillahi Wasolatu Wasalamu ‘ala Rasulillah waalihi wa man waalah…

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The Benefits of the Book Bidayah Al-Hidayah

Habib ‘Ali bin Muhammad Al-Habsyi said, “It is an important book that gathers both the inward and outward knowledge, and a beginning that delivers one to the peak. It has brought those who practice its contents to meet Rasulullah solallahu alaihi wasalam in a wakeful state. Many ‘ulama of the past made resolutions to practice its contents. Habib ‘AbdurRahman bin Musthofa al-‘Aydarus, Habib Syaikh bin Muhammad al-Jufri and Habib AbuBakar bin Husain BilFaqih whom lived in Medina resolved to practiced the Bidayah’s contents. They fulfilled it and met Rasulullah s.a.w. while awake.

Al-Imam Al-Quthb Abdullah bin Alwi Al-Haddad said, “If you do not practice what is within the Bidayah, then say to yourself, ‘There is no doubt that my inability to do the minor devotions/amal/sunnahs means that I’m unable to do more and/or major sunnahs/devotions/amal.'”

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I hope that by sharing this excerpt from the book al Bidayah al Hidayah, the knowledge will sink deeper in me and it will be easier for me to practice them insha’Allah.

The proper way (Adab) of treating/interacting with Parents:

  1. Listen to their speech. Giving them full attention by not facing anywhere but them, maintaining eye contact.
  2. Standing up when they stand up as a gesture of respect.
  3. Obeying their orders except when they order one to acts of sin.
    Avoid walking in front of them i.e. overtaking.
    Raising one’s voice higher than theirs.
    Answering to their call.
    Strive to make them pleased.
    Being humble to them. ‘Lower your wings’ to them.
    Not to feel/think as if you have done them any benefit/deed no matter what you do and trying your utmost to assist them.
    Do not give them the look of disapproval/anger.
    Do not frown at them.
    Do not leave or go anywhere without their permission.

1. Excerpt from Thariqah Alawiyah by Habib Zain Bin Sumaith