The simplicity of Sahabah compared to our condition today

Answered according to Hanafi Fiqh by

Kindly translate of the following narration:

حدثني من سمع علي بن أبي طالب يقول: إنا لجلوس مع رسول الله –صلى الله عليه وسلم- في المسجد إذ طلع مصعب بن عمير -رضي الله عنه- ما عليه إلا بردة له مرقوعة بفرو، فلما رآه رسول الله –صلى الله عليه وسلم- بكى للذي كان فيه من النعمة والذي هو اليوم فيه، ثم قال رسول الله –صلى الله عليه وسلم-: “كيف بكم إذا غدا أحدكم في حلة وراح في حلة، ووضعت بين يديه صحفة ورفعت أخرى، وسترتم بيوتكم كما تستر الكعبة”. قالوا: يا رسول الله: نحن يومئذ خير منا اليوم نتفرغ للعبادة ونكفى المؤنة. فقال رسول الله –صلى الله عليه وسلم-: لأنتم اليوم خير منكم يومئذ


Sayyiduna ‘Ali ibn Abi Talib (radiyallahu ‘anhu) says:

“Once we were seated with Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) in the Masjid when Mus’ab ibn ‘Umayr appeared before us, wearing nothing but an upper garment patched with fur. On seeing him, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) wept recalling how he had lived (in luxury prior to accepting Islam) compared to the state that he was on that day. Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) then said:

“What will your condition be when one of you goes out in the morning with a set of clothing and goes out in the evening with a different set of clothing, when a platter of food is placed before you as another platter is taken away and when you will drape your homes just as the Ka’bah is draped ?”

They replied: “O Messenger of Allah! On that day we will be in a better condition than we are today, devoting ourselves to worship and our responsibilities taken care of”

Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: “No, today you are better than you will be on that day.”


(Sunan Tirmidhi, Hadith: 2476, declared sound –hasan– by Imam Tirmidhi -rahimahullah-)


And Allah Ta’ala Knows best

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar

Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar


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