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Living a Life of Simplicity and Humility with Islam

Gratitude is a cornerstone of the Islamic faith. Muslims are taught to be thankful for all the blessings bestowed upon them by Allah by living a simple and humble life. This appreciation is not limited to the big things but extends to the smallest of favors. The Quran emphasizes the importance of gratitude: "If you are grateful, I will surely increase your favor" (Quran 14:7).

The Prophet Muhammad ﷺ demonstrated gratitude throughout his life. He would often start and end his day by thanking Allah for His blessings. He never took anything for granted, whether it was a simple meal, a kind word, or a moment of peace. We can learn from his example by taking a moment each day to reflect on our blessings and express gratitude. The Prophet ﷺ lived a life of modesty, and his teachings emphasize the beauty of leading a simple life. This simplicity extends to one's possessions, lifestyle, and relationships. His living situation was humble, and his possessions were minimal. He once said, “Indeed, humility increases the dignity of one endowed with it. Be humble, and Allah will exalt you.” By adopting simplicity, we can find contentment in what we have and reduce the clutter that often burdens our lives.

Islam promotes the virtues of simplicity and humility, but in today’s world there is an abundance of extravagance and excessiveness. Muslims are required to give a portion of their wealth (zakat) to help the less fortunate. This practice reminds one of the blessings they have and the responsibility to share them. Zakat emphasizes the redistribution of wealth, ensuring that everyone in the community has their basic needs met. By giving to those in need, Muslims are reminded of the importance of humility and compassion. During the holy month of Ramadan, Muslims fast as an act of self-discipline and abstain from worldly pleasures. Fasting helps Muslims experience hunger and thirst, making them more grateful for what they have, and making them empathetic towards those who suffer from poverty and hunger regularly.

Our Prophet ﷺ was renowned for his humility despite his leadership position. He avoided hurtful language and actions that may offend or harm others and encouraged Muslims to use gentle and kind words in their conversations. Islam emphasizes the importance of treating everyone with respect, regardless of social status or beliefs. Our Prophet’s ﷺ interaction with people from various backgrounds showcased his respect towards all diversity. He never sought praise or recognition and always put the needs of others before his own. In the Quran, it is said, "And the servants of the Most Merciful are those who walk upon the earth easily, and when the ignorant address them [harshly], they say [words of] peace." (Quran 25:63). We should strive to be like our prophet, acknowledging our mistakes, and treating everyone with respect and kindness.

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