Simplicity in Living


Understanding the Prophet’s Life 

One of the most compelling and inspirational ways I have felt drawn to gaining a better understanding of Islam and the Prophet (PBUH) is through the stories that depict his lifestyle. I sometimes wonder what the Propet would say about the way we live. Alhmadulillah, we have these collections of exemplary writings that leave an image of who he was and what he believed. The following story made me reflect on the physical and spiritual aspect of my present day lifestyle and religious conviction.

One day ‘Umar ibn al-Khattab came into the house of the Prophet to find him lying on a simple mattress which left its marks on his body. Umar started to sob. ‘Why are you crying? O ‘Umar’, said the Prophet. ‘I thought of Caesar and Chosroes sitting on thrones of gold, wearing silk. And you are the messenger of Allah, yet here you are sitting on this simple mattress.’

‘O Umar’, said the Prophet, ‘are you not satisfied that they have this world and we have the next?’ So simple and austere were his living habits that he went half-hungry most of the time. ‘A’ishah reported that for three consecutive nights, a fire was not kindled in the homes of the Prophet because there was nothing to be cooked. When asked how they managed, she said they depended on water and dates (the two blacks). Where is the basis for the image of a self-indulgent, luxury-loving ruler with his ‘harem’ which some critics of the Prophet have contrived to draw for him? Source: “Sunshine at Madinah” – Zakaria Bashier, p. 154


5 responses to this post.

  1. Very beautiful story.. I really enjoyed..
    Im trying really to accept living simple. That’s difficult. But i wanna do.. When life is simple, we have less to worry about..

    P.S: Here is cold too 😉


  2. perfectly told , that is one thing that attracts me to islam , is the simplicity , that is what self development is all about , living simply comes with time and dicipline .

    hey im back blogging , no you did not offend me yes we are supposed to follow quran and sunnah , what I dont understand is that everyone has their own intrepretation of quran and sunnah , that were the confusion comes in to it .


  3. Posted by adikbongsu on November 11, 2007 at 9:48 am


    There’s nothing more beautiful that the story of our Prophet (pbuh). I truly enjoy reading it and a powerful reminder it is to us not to pursue power and wealth in this world for the True Wealth is waiting in the Hereafter.

    Jazakillah ya ukhti!



  4. As Salaamu Alaikum Sis:

    Yes, I agree with what you wrote on not pursuing power and wealth in this world. Also, there is a hadith that mentions what you are referring to:

    The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “Being rich does not mean having a great amount of property, but (true wealth) is self-contentment.”

    Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume 8, Hadith 453


  5. Beautiful, Indeed his life is an example to all human beings, He is a shining example to humanity, Allah destined him to live amongst other human beings, like any other ordinary man – to have a family, to work for his living and to haves his share of troubles, joys and sorrows.

    Good post and a very good Blog.


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