The writer from Jogja named Edi Mulyono in his book “From God, By Allah, and To God” wrote an interesting illustration of the phenomenon of people who strive to present themselves as beautiful and as handsome as possible to be loved by others.
Because I want to be loved, I dress nice, expensive, luxurious, plus a flashy vehicle, as a way to reach that love. From hair to foot, all must be expensive. Magnificent. Branded. The present. Must matching. If the clothes are purple, the purse should be purple, the veil must be purple, sandals were purple. Seminimnya, harmonious. What for? To gain the praise of people in the street. The question is, do they really pay attention to our appearance?
On a higher level, we see how many rich people do things in vain, build luxury villas on the mountain tops, but he can only occupy them once a year. The rest, comfort in the villa was actually enjoyed by the villa keepers who must also be paid. Or, they collect very expensive and luxurious cars with high maintenance and taxes, without being able to use them freely on the narrow streets of Jakarta. Even if you want to use, because the body is only one, of course the car can be ridden any one at a time. With all that ownership they want to be appreciated, glorified, and loved by others.
Conversely, there are also people who no longer care about the judgment of others. Even they no longer care about the life of the world. His whole life is used to worship day and night to God. Such people are sometimes termed zahid or zuhud people. But this behavior certainly raises the question, whether the perfect Islam should be so? Was not it true that the Prophet’s companions were known as journalists, like Umar bin Khattab r.a. and Uthman ibn Affan r.a., but at the same time, also devoted to Islam?
To answer it, let us first find the definition of zuhud. In the book Encyclopedia of Islam it is said that zuhud means have no desire for something, and leave something behind it. Zuhud’s opponent is fond of or wants something. Zuhud interpreted also left all worldly desires. Ibn Qoyyim mentions there are several types of zuhud. First, the obligatory zuhud, that is leaving behind the things that are unlawful. Second, zuhud the sunnah, which is leaving the things that may, for example we can have expensive clothing, but we choose to eat simple clothes only. Thirdly, zuhud to the syubhat (still unclear halal-haram).
Meanwhile, Ali bin Abi Talib r.a. says, “The meaning of the zuhud is summed up in the word of Allah QS Al Hadid verse 23,” … so that ye may not mourn for what passes away from you and that ye may not be overjoyed with what you gain. “Abu Sulaiman says that the zuhud is in the heart. This corresponds also to the saying of a ‘alim named Al Fudhai bin’ Iyadh, “The root of Zuhud is the pleasure of what Allah has decreed ‘azza wa jalla.”
Thus we can conclude that the essence of zuhud is not related to many or at least the possessions, and not the same as living in poverty. The poor whose heart keeps being tied to the world and wishing to have as much wealth as possible to live in luxury, certainly not a zuhud person. On the contrary there are people who are very rich, but his heart is not moored on the wealth. With lightness he gives his wealth to the poor, build schools, hospitals, and do various other goodness without fear of his property runs out. Zuhud people are not sad when his property is taken, nor happy excessive because of the abundance of wealth. Zuhud people’s lifestyle is a lifestyle that prioritizes the principle of benefit, not the principle of ownership. Whatever he has, he wants to make the most of it for the benefit of the people, for the purpose of being loved by God.
Conversely, people who do not zuhud just want to have as much as possible to be liked and respected human fellow. In fact, as illustrated at the beginning of this paper, people really do not care about how beautiful our clothes are and if they care, it also does not work for us (or if there is, just for a moment). Because the only lasting benefit is the pleasure and love of Allah SWT.