A prince once said to one of the ‘Aarifeen (knowers), “Ask me for what you need.” The response of the ‘Aarif was,
“Is that the way you speak to me when I have two servants who are your masters?” When the prince asked, “Who are these two servants?” The ‘Aarif answered,
Greed and desire; for I have conquered them yet they have conquered you; I rule over them while they rule you.
If we conquer these two bad traits of greed and desires then we are masters over them. People may be kings and have authority but if they are ruled by greed and desires then they are servants to these two traits.
“The Ninety-Nine Beautiful Names of God” by Abu Hamid Al-Ghazali (Rahimahullah)