As-salaamu ‘alaykum warahmatullaahi wabarakaatuh,
Ibn Taymiyyah said: Zuhd is to leave alone those things which will not benefit you in the next life.
Sufyaan Ath-Thawri said: Zuhd is to have limited amount of expectations: it does not mean eating poor or inadequate foods as many think, or wearing a cheap gown or cloak.
Ibn Ja’laal said: Zuhd is to know that this life is a temporary one that will pass away; it should not be magnified in ones heart, nor should much focus be placed on it. Rather, on should turn away from it, it is said Zuhd means to refrain from this dunyaa (world), without showing off.
Al-Ju’nayd said: Zuhd means to free the heart from always wanting.
Imaam Ahmad said: Zuhd is not to have too many expectations.
Sulaymaan Ad-Daa’raani said: Zuhd means to leave those things which distract you from Allaah the exalted and high.
Ibn Mubaarak said: It (meaning Zuhd) is having trust in Allaah, and being content in times of poverty.
Abdulwaahid Ibn Zayd said: Zuhd can be practised by a person, even if he only possesses one dinaar or dirham.
Hassan Al-Basri said: Zuhd is not that you make the permissible (things) impermissible or by wasting ones money. But rather Zuhd is that you acknowledge that what Allaah the exalted has (destined for you) is better then what you have.
Maadaarij As-Saalikeen by Ibnul Qayyim Al-Jawziyyah
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