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Contentment is the art of living within ones means and capacity, and also being grateful to the Creator, with the resources and provision available in your possession. Being contented with one’s condition help a person develop in the traits of lively and joyful moment.

When you see people who live in mansions, driving exotic vehicles wearing the latest designers you begin to question yourself why were you not able to acquire such. When you even find out about their source of income you might even discover that you work harder than they do.

Children born of same parents have different destinies. The first child may engage in entrepreneurship and become successful in that undertaking while the second child may not achieve half of what their sibling owns when working for multinational company. Such is the nature of life; our sources of abilities, capabilities, and provisions differ from one another.
Allah says in Surah Al-Isra’ 17:21:

اُنۡظُرۡ کَیۡفَ فَضَّلۡنَا بَعۡضَہُمۡ عَلٰی بَعۡضٍ ؕ  وَلَلۡاٰخِرَۃُ اَکۡبَرُ دَرَجٰتٍ وَّاَکۡبَرُ تَفۡضِیۡلًا 

“Look how We have favored [in provision] some of them over others. But the Hereafter is greater in degrees [of difference] and greater in distinction.”

However, if you are contented with your state of living, you’ll observe that some people will see you as their superior in terms of wellbeing, and as such, wish for your state of lifestyle.

Be contented with whatever you have. What is destined to be yours will surely be no matter the circumstances.
In the Hadith narrated by Abu Huraira: The Prophet (SAW) said, “Riches does not mean, having a great amount of property, but riches is self-contentment.” (Sahih Al-Bukhari: Vol 8, Book 76, No 453)

Don’t try to acquire property through unlawful means or exchange your spiritual advancement with materialistic crave. Remember to be thankful for whatever position you meet yourself. Engage in the remembrance of Allah and do good deeds always. Don’t forget this life is like an illusion.

While contentment may mean being happy with whatever condition you find yourself, it doesn’t limit you in the strive towards your aspiration in life. This is because, your freewill, willpower, goodwill are also parts of the main determinants of your wellbeing in life.

Although, contentment doesn’t mean you should remain lazy and idle while you are given the ability to strive for better state of living. Hence, more reason you have to strive as much as you are capable to improve your standard of living, and meantime, without impairing your eternal crave. This is because, your eternal strive should take priority over your material living.

“And this life of the world is only amusement and play! Verily, the home of the Hereafter, that is the life indeed (i.e. the eternal life that will never end), if they but knew” [Surah Al-Ankaboot, 29:64]

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