The concept of being content is a very important asset in our daily life. If one is content, he will live in peace, harmony and happiness. These qualities can't be purchased or acquired through wealth or fame. If a person is not content, he will inevitably drive himself crazy. He will do his best to satisfy his needs, but never ever will he be happy or satisfied. He will never have peace of mind and he may continue to live in anxiety and have mental disturbances.
The capitalistic society puts heavy pressure on the individual to produce or to perish, to compete or to be fired. Such an economic system makes the rich richer and the poor poorer. In such a society there is there is little contentment, satisfaction or happiness. The same thing is to be applied to other societies. This crisis and psychological turmoil also can happen in a Muslim society, where Muslims are practicing the teachings of Islam. Hence, we have been advised by Allah and his Prophet Muhammed on how to deal with it and be content.
In one place, Allah informs us in Surah Al-Kahf that we should not over indulge in the good things; i.e. wealth and children:
“Wealth and children are (but) adornment of the worldly life. But the enduring good deeds are better to your Lord for reward and better for (ones) hope.” ( 18:46 )
In order to live in peace and harmony, in order not to be deceived with worldly entertainment, and not to be distracted with what others may have and in order to be content and satisfied with what you have: our Prophet advised us to look at those who are lower than us.
By looking at the situations of those who have a lesser wage/salary, less position, less property or less wealth, we should be grateful to Allah for all the blessings we have in life.
To avoid anxiety and to avoid worries and uneasiness, one has to be content and satisfied with what he has. To fulfil your needs, desires and your worldly requirements, one has to look at the situation of those who are less fortunate. In this respect, the following is reported:
Reported by Hazrat Abu Huraira that the Prophet said, “When a person sees a person who has better wealth and beauty, let him look at the ones who have less than him.” (Bukhari)
To be content, one has to remember that he should not cheat others to obtain the worldly gains of wealth and property. He should not run after life. He should have a degree of satisfaction in obtaining what he is aiming at. He should recognize that he is not to live an eternal life here. He should realise that by running after life, he will be a slave to this world.
Once it was said:
“Contentment is a treasure that will never be depleted.”
Therefore, may we be content and satisfied with the little we may have. Do your best; strive hard and leave the results in the hands of Allah.