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- Allah's Messenger said: "He is successful who has accepted Islam, who has been provided sufficient for his want and been made contented by Allah with what He has given him"
- Jibreel (Gabriel) came to the Prophet and said :...know that the nobility of the believer comes from his prayer at night and the dignity achieved by him is by dispensing with others"
- Prophet said: "Scorn (the pleasures of) this world and Allah will love you, and scorn what people possess and they will love you"
- Some Salaf (Predecessors) said: "Whoever committing himself to studying hadith, let him prepare a garment for poverty. So seek hadith according to your capacity and have an occupation for fear of poverty"
- Ibn Al-Jawzi رحمه الله said: "There is nothing in the world more profitable for scholars than gathering money, in order to dispense with people, and if associated (money) with knowledge, they may reach perfection. In fact, a congregation of scholars is kept away by knowledge from earning money. Thus, they needed necessary things. As their patience being decreased, they took ways which disgraced them, though they made excuses about that, but there was better ways for them,...Those people, even though they followed a way of interpretation, they lost of their hearts and their religiosity more than they obtained from life. We have seen a group of sufis and scholars frequent governors in order to gain of their favors. Among them, who wheedle and act hypocritically and who praise people of what is illicit and those who keep silent and do not react when seeing abominable actions and other kinds of flattery, which are the cause of poverty. Thus, we knew that the complete esteem and being far from hypocrisy can be reached by getting far from wrongful workers, and we do never see someone having these characteristics except two men:
When someone does neither find like the patience of those men, nor the perfection of the others, it is evident that he will be exposed to ordeals and trials and maybe get his religion corrupted. So, o seeker of knowledge! Endeavor in gathering money in order to dispense with people, for it unites your religion. We have not seen in most cases a hypocrite in religion and asceticism and humility or a defect in a scholar except because of his love of life, and as a result of poverty. If someone has enough money, though he wants more, he is considered among the avid, out of the scholars of good, we seek refuge from Allah of these situations".
- Either someone who has money like Sa'eed Ibn Al-Mussayyib who was a trader of oil and other things, and Sufyaan Ath-Thawri who had goods as well as Ibn Al-Mubaarak.
- Or, someone who is very patient, content of what he is provided with, though it is not sufficient for him, like Bishr Al-Haafi and Ahmad Ibn Hanbal.
- Sufyaan Ath-Thawri -رحمه الله- said: "Whoever has in hands these (i.e.: dinars) let him use them well, for this is the time when, if someone is in necessity, the first thing he sacrifices is his religion"
- He رحمه الله also said: "Oh educated people! raise your heads, for the way has become clear, work and do not be a burden on people"
- The Prophet said: "Whoever makes the Hereafter his preoccupation, then Allah places freedom from want in his heart, and gathers his affairs and Dunya (life) comes to him despite being reluctant to do so"
- The Prophet said: "And whoever makes Dunya (life) his preoccupation, then Allah places his poverty before his eyes and breaks up his affairs and nothing of the Dunya (life)comes to him except that which has been decreed for him"