One day, a rich dad took his son on a trip to a village. He wanted to show him how poor somebody could be.

They spent time on the farm of a poor family. The dad asked, “Did you see how poor they are? What did you learn?”

The son replied,

“We have one dog, they have four. We have a pool, they have a river.

We have lanterns at night, they have stars.

We buy our food, they grow theirs.

We have walls to protect us, they have friends.

We have encyclopedias, they have the Holy Book.”

As they were headed back, the son said, “Thanks, dad, for showing me how poor we actually are.”

'It’s not the money that makes us rich, it’s the simplicity and having faith in our lives.'

This conversation was from a video I watched on Facebook. Tapoos.

Frankly speaking, this conversation was really heart-warming.

I never thought to perceive the poorness in our wealth, for as we know roughly, that wealth does give us everything that we wanted and need without worrying its costs.

Even if we are rich and wealthy, but lack inner peace, then we are nothing. We would be just some hopeless creature living an unhappy life. It is true that the people around us might see us as someone who is free, cheerful, and happy because we could have everything.

Unfortunately, looks might and will deceive.

So, what makes us better than having money and wealth?

Simple. It is HAPPINESS.

Or you should say or call it as the other names such as PEACE, TRANQUILITY, SIMPLICITY, FAITH, CALMNESS.

Now, there you go.

If we are able to buy everything in this world, it doesn’t mean that we can do everything as we like. Who are we? Aren't we still humans, bind by the laws of humanity annd moral values? Aren’t we servants of Allah of whom we should put our total submission towards Him by being humble?

You don’t have to use your money to obtain happiness. You can get it anywhere. Even the slightest thing happens in this world could make your day, and the best of all, be the light for the rest of your life!

Since we tend to be happy over big things only, we tend to not see the slightest things that could make our life as joyful as it can.

What are those small things that could make us happy?

It can be by giving salaam to strangers, smiling to the people you barely know, paying others’ food at a café, apologizing to cleaner for stepping on the floor that she had swept, saying thank you to the people who paid your bus fee, giving food to the security guards after shopping at the stall and many other little things that actually can make your day.

So you see, small gestures can lead to happiness!

"Sometimes, it is those who are poor in material possessions that have the most to give."

"Too many times we forget what we have and concentrate on what we don’t have. What is one person’s worthless object being another’s prize possession."

-Emerald Pellot-

Mother Teresa once said, “We think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry, naked and homeless. The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and uncared for is the greatest poverty."

Therefore, you should be grateful with what you have. Enjoy even the littlest things in your life because someday, you might be regretting the joy that you had missed. Have faith in yourself that you are already have everything you need.

As mentioned in Surah Ibrahim verse 7,

“And [remember] when your Lord proclaimed, “If you are grateful, I will surely increase you [in favour]; but if you deny, indeed, My punishment is severe.”


Author credit: Fara Fasihah

Published by MuslimICED Intellects