Hadith on Happiness: Wealth and Inner Contentment

📖Sahih al-Bukhari 6446
Narrated Abu Huraira: The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “Wealth is not in having many possessions, but rather (true) wealth is feeling sufficiency in the soul.”

  • This hadith from Sahih al-Bukhari 6446 highlights the Islamic concept of true wealth. According to the Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ), wealth is not measured by the number of possessions one has, but rather by the feeling of sufficiency and contentment in one’s heart and soul. In other words, a person may have abundant material possessions, yet still feel poor and unsatisfied. Conversely, someone with few possessions may feel content and rich in their heart. The true measure of wealth lies in one’s inner state of being, not in external possessions. This hadith emphasizes the importance of seeking contentment and sufficiency in life rather than pursuing material wealth and possessions. It encourages people to prioritize their spiritual and emotional well-being over their materialistic desires, which can lead to greater peace and satisfaction in life.