The Zuhd Of ‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib


Haroon Ibn ‘Antar narrated that his father said:

“I entered upon ‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib in Khoornaq (a place in Koofah) and found him shivering beneath an old, worn out cloak. I said, ‘O Ameer Al-Mu’minen, Allaah has allocated to you and your family a share of this wealth, and you are doing this to yourself!?

He said, ‘By Allaah, I do not take anything from your wealth; rather this is my old cloak that I came out with from my house‘ – or he said, ‘from Madeenah.‘ ” [Hilyat Al-Awliyaa’, 1/82 & Sifat As-Safwah, 1/316]

Lessons Learned:

We may wonder; what made Ameer Al-Mu’mineen ‘Alee live the life of the poor and put up with the bitter cold when he was able to buy the best and warmest of clothes on earth? This is an example of true zuhd (asceticism), as he shunned worldly conveniences even though he was able to afford them.

He was a student of the prophetic school in which he was raised, with no interest in the fleeting conveniences if this world; instead, he had a spirit of competing for the eternal blessings of the hereafter. The Messenger of Allaah (saw) lived the life of the poor, even though he could have been like the best of the rich. [‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib, by Dr. ‘Alee Muhammad As-Sallaabee, p. 360-1]

Also, I may add that it was this character of his that made the people love him and trust him with their wealth. Unfortunately, in this day and age, it is only a few handful of brothers who have given up the luxuries of this ever fleeting dunyaa. And fewer indeed are the number of sisters who are characterised with zuhd. May Allaah guide us all, ameen.

One Response to “The Zuhd Of ‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib”

  1. Assalamu alaikum. I agree that Zuhd is something that is missing from the Muslimeen at the moment however I would be careful quoting from As-Sallabee as he is a known ikhwani and also he supports the likes of Sayyid Qutb (you just need to type his name in arabic in google to see this).
    Also I recall reading just the introduction of his seerah of Umar ibn al-Khattaab and amongst the things he mentions is that he رضي الله عنه stopped cutting the hand of the thief in the year of famine. This, as any scholar will tell you, is a complete lie against Umar, with no chain of narration whatsoever. How can someone attribute to Ameer al-Mu’mineen such a horrible sin, such as not fulfilling the law of Allaah, when he was the third best man of this Ummah, after the Messenger (صلى الله عليه وسلم) and Abu Bakr, and he was always strict in following Allaah’s law.
    I did not read further in to the book after seeing this blatant lie, and I wouldn’t suggest anyone else to read fro him after seeing such disrgard for daleel in his sayings about the Sahabah.

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