All sustenance is from Allah. Sometimes Allah extends sustenance to a person, sometimes Allah shortens it.
Our task is to accept all of Allah’s decisions with patience, gratitude and qana’ah (feel sufficient) with what Allah has bestowed. This is the key to happiness. The Prophet (ﷺ) said:
قد أفلحَ من أسلمَ ، ورُزِقَ كفافًا ، وقنَّعَه اللهُ بما آتاهُ
“It is fortunate that people who become Muslim, then Allah gives them fair sustenance. And, Allah makes his heart qana’ah (feel enough) with what is given to him” [Muslim].
But most of us are overcome by greediness and desires, we feel never enough. However much Allah gives, are never enough.
A hadith from Abdullah bin Abbas (may Allah blesses him), that Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) said,
لَوْ كانَ لِابْنِ آدَمَ وادِيانِ مِن مالٍ لابْتَغَى ثالِثًا، ولا يَمْلَأُ جَوْفَ ابْنِ آدَمَ إلَّا التُّرابُ، ويَتُوبُ اللَّهُ علَى مَن تابَ
“If Adam’s son had a valley full of gold, he would like to have two valleys, for nothing fills his mouth except dust. And Allah forgives him who repents to Him” [Sahih Bukhari].
So, stop being that kind of person. Be grateful of what you have, and consider what Allah gave to you is more than enough. Then, you’ll live a happy life.
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