What is zuhd (asceticism)? Does it mean wearing scruffy clothing, fasting constantly, and keeping away from society, or something else?.
Praise be to Allaah.
Zuhd does not mean wearing scruffy clothing, withdrawing from
people and keeping away from society, or fasting constantly. The Prophet
(peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) is the leader of all
zaahids (ascetics) but he would wear new clothes; adorn himself to meet
delegations, for Jumu’ah and for Eid; mix with people and call them to do
good and teach them about their religion; and he forbade his companions (may
Allaah be pleased with them) to fast constantly. Rather zuhd means shunning
that which is haraam and that which Allaah hates; avoiding shows of luxury
and overindulging in worldly pleasures; focusing on doing acts of worship;
and making the best preparation for the Hereafter. The best explanation of
that is the life of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon
And Allaah is the Source of strength. May Allaah send
blessings and peace upon our Prophet Muhammad and his family and companions.
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