Abu Moosa Asha’ri narrates: “Ayesha took out and showed to us a sheet of cloth and a rough loincloth and stated that the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be to him) died in these clothes.”

(Bukhari)

This hadīth presents a glimpse of simple life that the Messenger of God Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be to him) used to lead even when he was the ruler of the State of Madinah. In eating and drinking, in dress and living, in short in every matter the Holy Messenger (peace and blessings of Allah be to him) liked and practised simplicity and informality, and used to be content with whatever was available with him. And even in poor circumstances he used to be generous to others. Accordingly he never saved any wealth for himself. His food consisted of ordinary things, like bread of barley and dates, and sometimes even these ordinary things were not available, and he was required to go to bed empty bellied. His dress was simple and, according to the custom of the time, consisted only of a sheet of cloth and a loincloth (izar). Similarly his bed was also made of the fibre of palm tree.

At the time of leaving this mortal world, he did not leave behind any wealth or property. And what a good example of preferring the life of the Hereafter to the life of this mortal world! This hadīth holds mirror to the power-hungry and materialistic world.

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