According to a narration recorded in Saheeh Muslim, the great Sahabi and former military general who had conquered vast swathes of lands for the Ummah, Hadhrat Sa’d ibn Abi Waqqaas (radhiyallahu anhu), had abandoned society and taken to herding camels and sheep in isolation. His son came one day to deliver some Naseehat to his father and to criticize him for his seclusion. Hadhrat Sa’d ibn Abi Waqqaas (radhiyallahu anhu) retaliated with a devastating flurry of counterpunches: First, he delivered a blow to his son’s chest. Then, he told him to shut up. Finally, he finished him off with the following statement of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam):
“Indeed, Allah loves the servant who has Taqwa, is rich (in the soul), and is hidden (from the people).”
“ﺇﻥ اﻟﻠﻪ ﻳﺤﺐ اﻟﻌﺒﺪ اﻟﺘﻘﻲ الغني الخفي”
In the commentary of this Hadith in Mirqaat ul-Mafaateeh, it states:
“Indeed, Allah loves the servant who has Taqwa..That is, the one who steers clear of the Haraam and Doubtful matters, and he (even) refrains from (much of) what is desirable (to the nafs), and permissible.
(As for) “Richness”: an-Nawawi (may Allah have mercy on him) said, “The intent of richness is richness of the soul. This is the richness that is desired due to his (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) saying: “(True) Richness is richness of the soul.”…
(As for) “Hidden”: (It refers to) The unknown person who is dedicated to the worship of his Lord and occupied in matters related to (the perfection of) his soul.”
ﻫﻮ اﻟﺬﻱ ﻳﺘﻘﻲ اﻟﻤﺤﺮﻣﺎﺕ ﻭاﻟﺸﺒﻬﺎﺕ ﻭﻳﺘﻮﺭﻉ ﻋﻦ اﻟﻤﺸﺘﻬﻴﺎﺕ ﻭاﻟﻤﺒﺎﺣﺎﺕ (” اﻟﻐﻨﻲ “) : ﻗﺎﻝ اﻟﻨﻮﻭﻱ – ﺭﺣﻤﻪ اﻟﻠﻪ -: اﻟﻤﺮاﺩ ﺑﺎﻟﻐﻨﻰ ﻏﻨﻰ اﻟﻨﻔﺲ، ﻭﻫﺬا ﻫﻮ اﻟﻐﻨﻰ اﻟﻤﺤﺒﻮﺏ ﻟﻘﻮﻟﻪ – ﺻﻠﻰ اﻟﻠﻪ ﺗﻌﺎﻟﻰ ﻋﻠﻴﻪ ﻭﺳﻠﻢ -: ” «اﻟﻐﻨﻰ ﻏﻨﻰ اﻟﻨﻔﺲ» ” … (” اﻟﺨﻔﻲ “) . ﺑﺎﻟﺨﺎء اﻟﻤﻌﺠﻤﺔ ﺃﻱ: اﻟﺨﺎﻣﻞ اﻟﻤﻨﻘﻄﻊ ﻟﻌﺒﺎﺩﺓ ﺭﺑﻪ اﻟﻤﺸﺘﻐﻞ ﺑﺄﻣﻮﺭ ﻧﻔﺴﻪ