Happiness Does Not Always Lie In Being Rich
There are many rich people who cannot enjoy food and drink and, who cannot enjoy the beauties of the world as much as poor ones because of the lack of appetite or ill health. Although poverty is not something to be desired and indeed, as stated by the Messenger Muhammad can, in some cases, cause unbelief in the poor, it is difficult to claim that the rich are always happier than the poor. Nor one can assert that people in the Middle Ages when living standards were relatively lower than now were less happy than modern rich people. Happiness lies rather in spiritual satisfaction than having all the material facilities to gratify all one’s bodily desires.
By Bediuzzaman Said Nursi