I wish to see that my followers have become like the companions of the Holy Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, in giving preference to Allah’s will. Nothing else should stand in their way. They should attach no importance to their riches nor to their lives ….. The companions faced heavy odds to win Allah’s pleasure. If anyone of them was not tried for Allah’s sake, he would feel sorry and worried. They had understood that the treasure of Allah’s pleasure was hidden under trials and tribulation …. the verse of the Holy Quran …. exactly defines the position to which they had reached. It says, some of them have been martyred and have reached their goal, while there are others who still await the chance to lay down their lives and attain martyrdom. The Sahaba never stooped to worldly gains that they live long, amass wealth and enjoy a carefree life. Whenever I look to their example, I cannot but admit the highly ennobling spiritual powers of the Holy Prophet. One wonders how he totally revolutionised their lives and made them to turn their faces towards Allah alone.
In a nutshell, our only object should be to seek Allah’s pleasure and should make every effort to get it; even though we are required to undergo hardships. For Allah’s pleasure is far better than this world and much superior to all worldly pleasures.
(Malfoozat vol. 8, pg. 82-83)