Abdullah bin Marzuq, who was a close friend of the ruler Al-Mahdi, was drunk one day and consequently missed the congregational prayer. His female servant came to him with a piece of burning wood and placed it on his leg. Needless to say he jumped up to with a hideous expression of pain on his face.
“If you cannot withstand the fire of the earth,then how will you withstand the Fire of the Hereafter (which is about 70 times more intense than the fire of this world)?” asked the servant.
Having understood the point of the painful lesson, Abdullah bin Marzuq repented immediately. Thereafter he performed prayers on time and gave away a great deal that he owned for charity. After some time passed, ‘Al-Fudail bin Iyad and Ibn Uyaynah visited Abdullah bin Marzuq, and just by looking at him and at the furniture of his home, they noticed a drastic change in the man’s lifestyle. Referring to his simple way of living, they asked,“No one forsakes something for Allaah, except that Allaah compensates him with something (equal or better); so what did Allaah compensate you with for the (worldly pleasures) that you abandoned?”
“Contentment for the situation I find myself to be in,” said ‘Abdullah bin Marzuq.