2. The Prophet's (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) Life of Abstinence
"Why are you weeping now? Have I not been warning you all these times to refrain from any act likely to cause the Prophet's displeasure?"
"I greeted him with Assalamo alaikum and inquired: 'Have you divorced your wives, 0, Prophet of Allah?" He answered in the negative. Much relieved, then I made bold to remark, a bit amusingly; '0, Prophet of Allah! we the Qureysh have always been having the upper hand over our women, but in case of the Ansar of Madinah, it is the women who have the upper hand. Our women have also got influenced by the women over here'.I said a few more similar things which made him smile. I noticed that the contents of his room consisted of only three pieces of tanned skin and a handful of barley lying in a corner. I looked about, but I failed to find anything else. I began to weep.He said; 'Why are you weeping?' I replied: '0, Prophet of Allah! why should I not weep? I can see the mat's pattern imprinted on your body, and I am also beholding all that you have got in this room. 0, Prophet of Allah! Pray that Allah may grant ample provisions for us.The Persians and the Romans who have no true faith and who worship not Allah but their kings—Caesar and Chosroes-presently live in gardens with streams running in their midst, but the chosen Prophet and the accepted slave of Allah does live in such a dire poverty!' The Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) was resting against his pillow, but when he heard me talk like this, he sat up and said; '0, 'Umar! are you still in doubt about this matter? Ease and comfort in the Hereafter are much better than ease and comfort in this world.The unbelievers are enjoying their share of the good things in this very world, whereas we have all such things in store for us in the next. I implored him: '0, Prophet of Allah! Ask forgiveness for me. I was really in the wrong"
"It consisted of a piece of canvas, which I spread doublefolded under him. Once I laid it fourfold in an effort to make it more comfortable. The next morning he asked me: 'What did you spread under me last night?' I replied: 'The same canvas, but I had four-folded it instead of the customary double fold.' He said: 'Keep it as it was before. The additional softness stands in the way of getting up for Tahajjud.'"