First of all, it should be clear that the character of the Muslim is to be satisfied and content with Allah’s gifts and favors and show gratitude to Allah for His bounties. The Muslim’s top priority should be gaining Allah’s pleasure. Worldly pleasures and joys should not preoccupy the Muslim’s mind to the extent of affecting his religious duties.
Sheikh Ahmad Kutty, a senior lecturer and an Islamic scholar at the Islamic Institute of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, states: “The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Never look towards those who are higher than you in material status, rather look at those who are below you.” In this way you will be empowered to appreciate Allah’s Blessings on you. When you look deep within you, you will find Allah has already blessed you in so many ways while there are many in the world who have been deprived of the things that you are enjoying today.
Develop the habit of showing gratitude and contentment. It is also important for you to reflect on the simple life of the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, the Companions and the early righteous Muslims who were fully content with whatever Allah had granted them while always striving honestly to achieve higher moral and spiritual status.
Remember, Allah’s favour towards you is not reflected in how many materials He has provided to you, because He had bestowed many things on Pharaoh while He (Allah) denied such material favours to mighty messengers: Ibrahim, Musa, `Isa, and Muhammad, peace be upon all of them. Wealth can be a Fitnah (trial) which if not handled properly, it can be the curse for a person.”