Channel: Ammar Alshukry
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There's always something else that a person will desire. There's always another dream. There's always another goal. There's always another ambition. And the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam he says,
about our desire for wealth. He says, Lo anelli, BNI. Adam, if the son of Adam had a valley of gold, have you ever heard a person who said, All I need is a million dollars, I'll be good, okay, maybe not a million anymore, but a billion dollars, I'm fine. I'm not going to need anything else. And yet, we know billionaires, or we know of billionaires, and have they stopped desiring and stopped wanting and stopped needing No, and the Prophet sallallaahu Selim says, If the son of Adam had a value of gold, he would have desired to have another.
And the only thing that will satisfy the son of Adam, the only thing that will satisfy human beings is the dust of the grief.
And so this speaks to our psychology and how deeply ingrained our want and desire for more is.
And so there was a speech that was really a profound speech that was given by President Jimmy Carter. And it was called his crisis of confidence speech, and he gave it in 1979. And he talked about a country saw at a crossroads with regards to the very nature of where they found happiness, a nation that was proud of hard work, strong families, close knit communities and our faith in God. Too many of us now tend to worship self indulgence and consumption. human identity is no longer defined by what one does, but what one owns. But we've discovered that owning things and consuming things doesn't satisfy our longing for meaning, as we've learned that piling up material goods
cannot fill the emptiness of lives, which have no confidence or purpose. A man came to the messenger Salallahu Salam, and he said, Tell me something that if I do it, Allah Subhana Allah will love me and the people will love me and the Prophet sallallahu they sent me gave him an answer that's really beautiful, he said, have zoomed in the dunya, Allah Subhana Allah, Allah will love you and have zoom in the art and the what is in the hands of the people. And people will love you people by nature, love the person who doesn't ask them for anything.
If you have that friend of yours who's always asking for $1, or was asking for a ride, or was asking for $1 Another right? Eventually, you're gonna stop answering their calls, you're gonna stop inviting them to dinner, you're gonna start, we naturally are inclined to the person who's self sufficient. We enjoy that person's company, and we love them, because they never asked us for our resources that we're so protective over. And so the province of Elijah send them says have zoomed in what's in the hands of the people, people will love you have zoomed with regards to the dunya. And Zuid is always translated as asceticism, there's asceticism mean anything to anybody here. It's one
of those words, it's very archaic. It's very, it doesn't really communicate anything in particular. And so one of the movements actually that's a growing movement in the United States and worldwide actually is a industrial societies is called minimalism. And minimalism is the concept of not desiring a lie. And being satisfied with little, and minimalism, I find to be one of the most beautiful translations of this concept of zoom, because it's the translation not necessarily a literal, literal translation, but as a translation of a concept in a state of mind. Minimalism is when a person is looking at their homes, looking at their possessions, and saying, You know what,
not only do I have enough, but I have too much