How to make our Earnings and Spendings Noble, while seeking little from this World

Posted on February 7, 2015


Ali ibn Fudail related that he heard his father say to Ibn Mubarak:

“You order us to seek little from this world, yet we see you trading in merchandise. Please explain how you reconcile one with the other?” 

He said, “O Abu Ali, I do so only to protect myself (from begging), to be generous to my family, and to use wealth to help me in obedience to my Lord

‘Ali said, “O Ibn Mubarak, if you achieve all of that, then your way of earning and spending are both noble indeed!” 

(Gems and Jewels, pg. 115)