Khawlani on Zuhd: Asceticism is to trust Allah over yourself

Ahmad ibn Hanbal reported: Abu Muslim al-Khawlani, may Allah have mercy on him, said, “To renounce the world does not mean to forbid what is allowed, nor to squander wealth. Verily, to renounce the world means to be more reliant on what is in the hand of Allah than your own hand. If you are afflicted with a calamity, you have stronger hope for the reward in store for you, if you continue to endure it.”

Source: al-Zuhd li-Aḥmad ibn Ḥanbal 96

عن احمد بن حنبل قَالَ أَبُو مُسْلِمٍ الْخَوْلَانِيُّ رحمه الله لَيْسَ الزَّهَادَةُ فِي الدُّنْيَا بِتَحْرِيمِ الْحَلَالِ وَلَا إِضَاعَةِ الْمَالِ إِنَّمَا الزَّهَادَةُ فِي الدُّنْيَا أَنْ تَكُونَ بِمَا فِي يَدَيِ اللَّهِ أَوْثَقَ مِمَّا فِي يَدَيْكَ وَإِذَا أُصِبْتَ بِمُصِيبَةٍ كُنْتَ أَشَدَّ رَجَاءً لِأَجْرِهَا وَذُخْرِهَا مِنْ أَنَّهَا لَوْ بَقِيَتْ لَكَ

96 الزهد لأحمد بن حنبل