Qanaah – Contentment

I stopped at Petronas Bentong for a quick lunch after a routine work in KL yesterday. I prayed Zuhr & Asr (jama’ & qasar), then I went to the cafe inside the petrol kiosk & bought myself a tuna croissant with a sausage & a mug of cold chocolate. Beside me I saw a young guy (wearing the petrol pump shirt – I reckon the worker there) eating a packet of instant noodle and a glass of plain water. He looked so humble, so contented. He smiled at me. I smiled back at him but suddenly I didn’t feel comfortable. He may not able to afford a croissant….and maybe not able to eat or buy anything as I can. But I somehow….envy him. What if Allah loves him more than me? Since I eat more than him & have many things than him…I’ll surely be asked of all the things I have now…..

Abu Bakr (RA) used to sigh when he saw a bird & wish he would be like the bird, flying around freely without thinking the day of judgment.

It would be really nice to contemplate & muhasabah of what we have & how lucky we are. There are so many people less fortunate that us. And we should stop looking at those whom Allah gives more than us….

I fear your punishment ya Allah…but I hope for your forgiveness….


  1. shahir amin May 22, 2010 at 4:35 pm #

    good post doc J… i understand what u feel..i always get that feeling of being envious of people whoare loved more by Allah swt. May Allah gran us His forgiveness

  2. remi July 15, 2010 at 11:45 am #

    saja jek tuh nak soh kita sedekah atau infaq banyak banyak. Semoga Allah menjaga orang orang kaya dan juga orang orang yang kurang berkemampuan.

  3. Dr Che Anuar July 25, 2010 at 11:19 pm #

    Well said my dear Dr Jamal. May Allah grant us all with His guidance in this matter. It is a recommended practice by our beloved prophet SAW to always compare of what we have with those who are lacking, as such practice would definitely make us more thankful to Allah.

    Salam from Glasgow

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