Thursday, 14 November 2013

Promise of Rizq, Allah's Excellent Decisions, Rizq and Marriage, Time to Reflect and Duah Regarding Rizq

thefinalmessage|THE FRIDAY NOTE

Weekly Hadith – The Promise Of Rizq (Sustenance);
Allah (Subhanawa Taála) says in His Perfect Word,
"Who is the one who is going to give you rizq if Allah withholds it from you"
[Sura Mulk (67), 21]

and also,

"Allah has favoured some of you over others with regards to rizq"
[An-Nahl (16), 71]

Furthermore, we are reminded of Man's innate ungrateful nature,

"If Allah tests a person and withholds his rizq he will say 'my Lord has humiliated me' " 
[Sura Fajr (89), 16]

Jabir ibn Abdullah (radiAllahu anhu) narrated that the Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wasallam) said, 
"Do not think that your sustenance is far off. Whatever sustenance is destined, will inevitably come,before one succumbs to death"
[ibn Hibban]

On another occasion, he (salAllahu alayhi wasallam) said,
"No one can obtain more sustenance than the amount allotted for him. No one dies unless he receives his sustenance and consumes it either. His sustenance will be given to him even if he does not want it"

The above given ayahs confirm that sustenance comes from Allah (Subhana wa ta'ala) alone, and this is complemented by the promise in the hadiths that we will receive our guaranteed share before we depart from this world. So what is it that makes us fear we have missed out on anything, or have been short-changed in any way?
What we have been given is exactly what was written for us at this stage, even if that was nothing at all. If our expectations were not met, we should be careful not to excessively complain, and consequently propel ourselves into the category of the ungrateful ones that Allah has mentioned in Surah Fajr.
This by no means suggests that you should refrain from challenging for what you feel you may be have entitled to or compete for success, but it definitely requires that one always remains thankful to Allah regardless of the outcome, and appreciates all that he/she has been granted.

Those upon whom Allah has bestowed an increase in rizq through this process should bear in mind that wealth brings with it a great responsibility. Allah (Subhana wa ta'ala) has given them an opportunity to do good with it, and therefore they should be conscious of Him when putting it to use, whether that be on themselves or in His way.    

May Allah (Subhana wa taála) always keep us in a state of contentment and gratitude for all that He has bestowed upon us, and enable us to use whatever sustenance He has granted us in this world, in a way that will benefit our Aakhirah, Ameen.

Pearls of Wisdom – Allah’s Excellent Decisions; 
"Verily, when Allah withholds, He actually gives, because He did not withhold on account of miserliness or stinginess, but rather He looked at the benefit of the servant. So the fact that He withheld is actually His choice for the servant and His excellent decision."
[Imam Sufyan ath-Thawri (Rahimahullaah)]

Weekly Q&A;
Q. Are rizq (provision) and marriage written in al-Lawh al-Mahfooz (The Preserved Tablet), and hence pre-ordained?

Praise be to Allaah. 
In the Name of Allah, the most Merciful and Compassionate,

Everything from when Allaah created the Pen until the Day of Resurrection is written in al-Lawh al-Mahfooz, because when Allaah first created the Pen, He said to it: “Write.” It said: “My Lord, what should I write?” He said: “Write what is to be. So at that moment it began to write what would be until the Day of Resurrection. And it is proven from the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) that when the foetus in its mother’s womb is four months old, Allaah sends an angel to breathe the soul into it and write down its provision, its lifespan and its deeds, and whether it is doomed or blessed. 

Provision is also written down and connected to its means, and it does not increase or decrease. Among those means are that man should work to seek provision, as Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

“He it is Who has made the earth subservient to you (i.e. easy for you to walk, to live and to do agriculture on it); so walk in the path thereof and eat of His provision. And to Him will be the Resurrection”
[al-Mulk 67:15]

Other means are: 

Upholding ties of kinship, such as honouring one’s parents and upholding ties with relatives.
The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Whoever would like his provision to be abundant and his lifespan to be extended, let him uphold his ties of kinship.”

Fearing Allaah (taqwa), as Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):
“And whosoever fears Allaah and keeps his duty to Him, He will make a way for him to get out (from every difficulty).
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”
[al-Talaaq 65:2-3]

Do not say “Provision is foreordained and limited and I will not do any of the things that lead to it,” because this is helplessness; smartness and resolve mean striving to seek provision and that which will benefit you in religious and worldly terms. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “The smart man is the one who takes stock of himself and strives to do that which will benefit him after death, and the helpless one is the one who follows his own whims and desires and engages in wishful thinking, (assuming that Allaah will forgive him regardless of what he does and that he does not need to strive to good deeds).”

Just as provision is written and connected to its means, so too marriage is also written and preordained. For both spouses it is written that he or she will be the spouse of this particular person. Nothing is hidden from Allah on earth or in heaven.   

And Allaah (SWT) knows best.

[Source: and]

Weekly Suggested Good Deed – Take 5 Mins To Reflect;
We live in a world where we are always busy and on the go. Even Salah is sometimes squeezed in between other tasks.
Book a 5 min slot with everything turned off and in a provate space of your own and just take time to think about verses of the Qur’an or just simply about something you can change in your life to improve or give back.
Simply try 5 minutes downtime away from everyone and all your technology to think about how you can improve your life in a way that has nothing to do with Dunyah but everything to do with Akhirah.

Dua of the Week;
Acknowledgement of Allah's Mercy regarding Rizq:

Transliteration: “Allaahu lateefu bi’ibaadihi yarzuqu mayyashaa' wa huwal qawey ul’azeez"

Translation: ‘Allah is kind to His servants. He gives provision to whom He wills, and He is the Strong, the Mighty”
[ash-Shurah, 19]

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