Hadith

Poverty, the poor and living a simple life

The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “The poor Muslims will enter Paradise before the rich by half of a day, the length of which is five hundred years.”
Source: Sunan al-Tirmidhī 2354

The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “ If only you knew the rewards you had with Allah, you would like to be increased in poverty and need.”
Source: Ṣaḥīḥ Ibn Ḥibbān 724

The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “ The most severely tested are the prophets and then the righteous. One of them would be tested with poverty until he could find nothing to cover himself but a cloak. One of them would rejoice in a trial just as one of you rejoices in prosperity.”
Source: Sunan Ibn Mājah 4024

The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “ Verily, the most admired ally of mine is a believer of simple means, given to prayer, who has been excellent in the worship of his Lord and has obeyed Him in secret, who was obscure among people and not famous, whose sustenance was barely sufficient, yet he bore this patiently .” The Prophet rapped his hands and he said, “ Death will come early to him. His mourners and inheritors will be few.”
Source: Sunan al-Tirmidhī 2347

Abu Huraira reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “ A disheveled man might be turned away by people at the gates, but Allah would fulfill his oath if he made it.”
Source: Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim 2622

A man passed by the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, and the Prophet said, “ What do you say about this man?” They said, “If he proposes in marriage, it should be accepted. If he intercedes, it should be granted. If he speaks, he should be listened to.” The Prophet was silent and then a poor man among the Muslims passed by. The Prophet said, “ What do you say about this man?” They said, “If he proposes in marriage, it should not be accepted. If he intercedes, it should not be granted. If he speaks, he should not be listened to.” The Prophet said, “ This man is better than the entire earth filled with the likes of the other .”
Source: Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī

Umar ibn al-Khattab reported: I entered the room of the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, while he was lying on his side over a mat. I sat down as he drew up his lower garment and he was not wearing anything else. The mat had left marks on his side. I looked at the Prophet’s cupboard and I saw a handful of barely in a small amount, the same of mimosa leaves in the corner, and a leather bag hanging to the side. My eyes started to tear up, and the Prophet said, “ What makes you weep, son of Khattab?” I said, “O Prophet of Allah, why should I not cry that this mat has left marks on your side and I see little in this cupboard? Caesar and Khosrau live among fruits and springs, while you are the Messenger of Allah and His chosen, yet this is your cupboard.” The Prophet said, “ O son of Khattab, are you not pleased that they are for us in the Hereafter and for them in the world?” I said, “Of course.”
Source: Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim 1479

Aisha reported: We in the household of Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, used to live for a whole month without cooking anything over a fire. We would have nothing to eat but dates and water.
Source: Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim 2792

The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, would say when he retired to his bed, “ All praise is due to Allah who has fed us, given us drink, sufficed us, and sheltered us. How many are those who do not have enough and have no shelter?”
Source: Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim 

Thawban reported: The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “ My fountain is from ‘Adan to ‘Amman al-Balqa’. Its water is whiter than milk and sweeter than honey. Its cups are as numerous as the stars. Whoever drinks from it will never be thirsty afterwards forever. The first people to arrive at it will be the poor emigrants, their hair disheveled and their clothes stained, who are not favored in marriage and for whom the gates of rulers are not opened.”
Source: Sunan al-Tirmidhī 2444

Abu Sa’id al-Khudri reported: The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “ Paradise and Hellfire argued with each other. The Hellfire said: The tyrants and the arrogant are in me. Paradise said: The meek among people and their poor are in me. Allah judged between them: You, Paradise, are my mercy that I bestow upon whomever I will. You, Hellfire, are my punishment with which I punish whomever I will. You will both be filled.”
Source: Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim

The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “ Seek out the vulnerable among you. Verily, you are only given provision and support due to your support of the weak.”
Source: Sunan al-Tirmidhī 1702

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