thefinalmessage|THE FRIDAY NOTE
Weekly Hadith – Predetermined Rizq;
Allah (Subhana wa ta’ala) says in His Perfect Word,
“And He will provide him from (sources) he never could imagine. And whosoever puts his trust in Allaah, then He will suffice him. Verily, Allaah will accomplish his purpose. Indeed Allaah has set a measure for all things”
Abdullah ibn Masood (radiAllahu anhu) said: “The Messenger of Allaah (SAW), who is the most truthful (of human beings) and his being truthful (is a fact) told us: ‘The constituents of one of you is gathered in his mother’s womb for forty days, then it becomes an Alaqah within another period of forty days. Then it becomes a Mudghah, and forty days later, Allaah sends His angel to it to breathe into it the Ruh. The angel comes with instructions concerning four things, so the angel writes down his livelihood, his death, his deeds and whether he will be doomed or blessed.”
[Sahih Muslim Book 33, #6893]
We are often tested by Allah (Subhana wa ta'ala) in many different ways. Over the past couple of years, due to the turbulent economic climate, many brothers and sisters may have had to endure the challenges put forward by various forms of financial restrictions, possibly due to redundancy or even pay cut policies, which were adopted by many employers. Naturally, this can prove to be quite distressing, especially for those of us who are primary bread-winners for our families. However, the Promise of our Rabb, ar-Razzaq, regarding our rizq is clear in the above aayahs from Surah Talaaq, and they have been perfectly complemented through the given hadith of our Beloved Prophet . Our sustenance has been set by Allah (Subhana wa ta'ala) even before we entered this world, hence we will not earn a penny more, or a penny less than what we are meant to. It is paramount for a good Muslim to always bear this fact in mind, and have tawaqqal in Allah.
This will undoubtedly result in contentment in all circumstances, as our hearts will remain firm in the belief that as long as we maintain our Imaan and sabr, Allah will always ensure that we are provided for.
May Allah (Subhana wa ta'ala) provide for us all abundantly from halal sources; may He help us to spend it in a fashion He Deem's best, and in a way that will benefit our Aakhirah, Ameen.
Pearls of Wisdom – Work for your own rewards;
“One, I believe that my sustenance will never be hijacked by anybody (so I work to attain it). Two, I know that a work that is mine must be performed by me, so I do not decrease my efforts in performing it. Three, I believe that my Lord is Omnipresent (watching me), so I do not like Him seeing me committing sins. Four, I know that death is somewhere waiting for me, so I prepare for it (through good deeds).”
[Imam Hasan Al-Basri (rahimAllah), on being asked the secret behind his asceticism]
Q. Why are some people granted more Rizq (sustenance) than others?
Praise be to Allaah.
In the Name of Allah, the most Merciful and Compassionate,
Allaah is al-Razzaaq (the Provider) and the best of those who give provision.
“And no moving (living) creature is there on earth but its provision is due from Allaah”
[Hood 11:6 – interpretation of the meaning]
The rizq (provision) of Allaah will not be brought by the carefulness of the miser, nor will it be prevented by the hostility of one who does not want it to come to another. It is part of the Wisdom of Allaah that He differentiates between His slaves in their provision just as He differentiates between them in their physical creation and their attitudes.
So He gives in abundance to whomever He wills and gives little to whomever He wills. He may give plenty to some people and little to others. He is the One Who guarantees the provision of His slaves according to His prior knowledge and decree. Allaah knows and decrees that some of His slaves will be given plenty and some will be given little; He has reasons for that which are beyond our comprehension. In His wisdom, He gives plenty or gives little as a test for His slaves, testing them with blessings or with calamities, as He says:
“and We shall make a trial of you with evil and with good”
Allâh says (interpretation of the meaning):
“But when He tries him be straitening his means of life, he says: ‘My Lord has humiliated me!”
But then Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):
“Nay!...” [al-Fajr 89:16/17], meaning, it is not as he thinks; Allaah blesses whoever He wills and makes things difficult for whomever He wills, and this is a test, not a sign of honour or humiliation. By means of this test, it becomes apparent who is grateful and patient, and who is the opposite.
And Allaah (SWT) knows best.
Weekly Suggested Good Deed – If You Don't Like it, Do Something to Change it;
The Prophet said, '‘He who amongst you sees something abominable should modify it with the help of his hand; and if he has not strength enough to do it, then he should do it with his tongue (by speaking out against it ), and if he has not strength enough to do it, (even) then he should (abhor it) from his heart (by always disliking what is evil or harmful), and that is the least of faith’
[Muslim: Book 1: Hadith 79 & 81]
It is clear from the above hadith that as Muslims we are encouraged to do our best to rectify a situation, and oppose any direct or indirect acts of injustice/oppression wherever we see them being committed (through rational and prescribed means). So inn shaa Allah we should all make it a point to participate in voicing our concerns and opposition to anything which is wrong for the Muslim Ummah, and the wider society in general. Inn shaa Allah if we make sure that we do our bit, our Rabb al-Mujeeb will respond to our efforts and rectify our affairs.
Dua of the Week;
Supplication for Sustenance اللَّهُ لَطِيفٌ بِعِبَادِهِ يَرْزُقُ مَنْ يَشَاءُ وَهُوَ الْقَوِيُّ العَزِيزُ
‘Al-laahu laTiyfum bi 'Ibaadihii yarzuqu may yashaa'u wa huwal qawiy-yul 'Aziyz’
'Allah is kind to His servants. He gives provision to whom He wills, and He is the Strong, the Mighty’ [ash-Shura; 19]