Imam Ahmad was asked about a man who owns 1000 dinars, can he be Ascetic (i.e. a Zahid)?

He said: Yes, as long as he is not joyed when it increases and he is not saddened when it decreases.

Reference:

Fayd Al-Qadeer (4/37)

سئل أحمد: عن رجل معه ألف دينار, أيكون زاهدا ؟ قال : نعم بشرط أن لا يفرح إذا زادت ولا يحزن إذا نقصت

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