What is Zuhd (asceticism)?


What is zuhd (asceticism)? Does it mean wearing scruffy clothing, fasting constantly, and keeping away from society, or something else?.

Zuhd does not mean wearing scruffy clothing, withdrawing from people and keeping away from society, or fasting constantly. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) is the leader of all zaahids (ascetics) but he would wear new clothes; adorn himself to meet delegations, for Jumu’ah and for Eid; mix with people and call them to do good and teach them about their religion; and he forbade his companions (may Allaah be pleased with them) to fast constantly. Rather zuhd means shunning that which is haraam and that which Allaah hates; avoiding shows of luxury and overindulging in worldly pleasures; focusing on doing acts of worship; and making the best preparation for the Hereafter. The best explanation of that is the life of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him).

And Allaah is the Source of strength. May Allaah send blessings and peace upon our Prophet Muhammad and his family and companions.

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[Standing Committee for Academic Research and Issuing Fatwas |Fataawa al-Lajnah al-Daa’imah li’l-Buhooth al-‘Ilmiyyah wa’l-Ifta (24/369)]

About Umm Abdulazeez

"I am a Muslim who is upon the Qur'aan and the Sunnah and upon the methodology of the Salaf As-Saalih (Pious Predecessors). And that can be said in short by saying, 'I am a Salafee' " [Shaykh Al-Albaanee رحمه الله] ________ Sufyaan Ath-Thawree (rahimahullaah) said: “Indeed knowledge should only be learned for the purpose of fearing Allaah. Indeed, knowledge has been given virtue over other than it because with it Allaah is feared.” [Jaam'i Bayaan al-'Ilm wa Fadlihi by Imaam Ibn Abdil-Barr (rahimahullaah)]
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One Response to What is Zuhd (asceticism)?

  1. Abu Amir Salafiyoon Al Hasan As-Salafi says:

    Look @ what Umar Ibnul Al Khattab said 2 his Daughter Hafsah ( May Allah Be Pleased with Them Both ).

    It is reported that Hafsah – Allâh be pleased with her – once said to her father (‘Umar, during his Caliphate):

    Allâh has increased the provisions; if only you would eat better food than the food you eat now and wear softer clothes then those you wear now?! He said, “I will argue [against] you with your own self: Was not the condition of Allâh’s Messenger – praise and peace be upon him – such-and-such [when you were his wife]!?” He kept reminding her until she cried. He continued, “I have told you, by Allâh, I will share in their hard living (in this world, referring to The Prophet and Abû Bakr) so that I may partake in their good life (in Paradise).”

    Reference:
    Hunâd b. Al-Sarî, Al-Zuhd article 687; Imâm Ahmad, Al-Zuhd article 201, et al. (1)

    Shaykh Abd Al-Rahmân Al-Farîwâ`î explains in his edition of Hunâd’s Al-Zuhd that this narration is sahîh if it is confirmed that Mus‘ab b. Sa’d heard it from Hafsah; otherwise its chain of transmission is mursal sahîh (i.e. it is authentic except there is a missing link between Mus’ab and Hafsah)

    Subhanallaah! How Many of us in the Ummah think like this in this time and age? We say we are followers of The Prophet Muhammad ( peace be upon him ) and his companions ( may be pleased with them ) but sadly the Muslims in these time fail to adhere Strictly to The Sunnah fearing the decline of sum worldly possessions. While these the best of people would love the hard life now and enjoy the everlasting good life in then next.

    May Allaah Ta `aAla grant us the strength, courage and determination to implement the Salafus Saalihoun. ( Aameen )

    Walking contradictions can be seen in those who are “passionate” about Islaam but not passionate about practicing Islaam. Masaakeen indeed.

    Indeed…

    Masalaams

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