It was reported that (Prophet) Nuh lived in a house made of wool for nine hundred and fifty years. The Messenger صلّى اللَّهُ عليه وسلّم never put a stone over another [his house was built of mud] and on Umar ibn al-Khattab’s رضي اللّه عنـه garment there were twelve patches. This is because they understood that this world is a bridge and a bridge should not be taken as a home. Thus, whoever fails to be aware of this knowledge will be afflicted with the disease of Sharah1, and should cure himself by seeking knowledge and contemplating the biographies of wise scholars.
1. Sharah: Used for extravagance, and is generally used to refer to gluttony
- Transcribed from: Disciplining the Soul; Tibb al-Ruhāni | Ibn al-Jawzi