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August 11, 2011

An Introduction to the Lord of the Worlds – Day 11

by Umm Muawiyah

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Assalamu Alaikum.

[This post picks up from where yesterday’s post left off.]

4) One needs to be moderate in the issue of rizq (sustenance).

Moderate, you say?

Yes, meaning that one should not be either of the two extremes:

a) Not striving for rizq under the guise of “tawakkul” (relying upon Allah alone).

Some people misunderstand the meaning of tawakkul and think that it implies that one should leave off taking the means – and this is not correct.

We should also strive and take the means. However, our hearts should rely upon Allah alone and not get attached or rely upon the means. This is true tawakkul.

b) Striving for rizq whilst attaching one’s heart to the means and forgetting to rely upon Allah.

Unfortunately, this is very easy to fall into and it is also very dangerous because relying on the means is minor shirk (this type of shirk is a major sin but it does not take one out of the fold of Islam).

One of the groups of people who make this mistake are parents.

One will find that there are many parents out there basically killing themselves working.

Why? Because they want to “provide” for their children’s future.

Now, while this might seem a noble thing to do, on close examination, this act shows a lack of tawakkul.

Why? Well, read the following hadeeth:

لو أنكم كنتم توكلون على الله حق توكله لرزقتم كما ترزق الطير ، تغدو خماصا ، وتروح بطانا

The Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) said: “If you were to rely upon Allah with the required reliance, then He would provide for you just as the bird is provided for, it goes out in the morning empty, and returns full.” [Sunan At-Tirmdhi, Hadeeth No. 2344. Graded “sahih” by Al-Albani in Sahih Sunan At-Tirmdhi, Hadeeth No. 2344.]

This hadeeth shows us the strong relationship between gaining rizq and tawakkul.

Also, one should remember that Allah is Ar-Razzaq. He is the One who provides so even if something were to happen to the parents, the children would still be provided for. Keep this point in mind because I’ll return back to it at the end of the series, insha-Allah.

Note: One needs to have tawakkul while striving for the means, not just after it.
[I haven’t gone into detail about tawakkul so please hold off any questions until the end of this section because I will explain the above points again – but in much more detail, insha-Allah.]
5) Taqwa (piety) leads one to getting rizq from unexpected sources.

Allah says:

وَمَن يَتَّقِ اللَّـهَ يَجْعَل لَّهُ مَخْرَ‌جًا

وَيَرْ‌زُقْهُ مِنْ حَيْثُ لَا يَحْتَسِبُ ۚ وَمَن يَتَوَكَّلْ عَلَى اللَّـهِ فَهُوَ حَسْبُهُ ۚ إِنَّ اللَّـهَ بَالِغُ أَمْرِ‌هِ ۚ قَدْ جَعَلَ اللَّـهُ لِكُلِّ شَيْءٍ قَدْرً‌ا

“And whosoever fears Allah 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 Allah, then He will suffice him. Verily, Allah will accomplish his purpose. Indeed Allah has set a measure for all things.” [Surah At-Talaq (65) :2-3]

This is really one of the great ayaat (verses) of the Quran. In it, one will find the solution to just about all of their problems.

Short of rizq? Well, then fear Allah and obey Him and He will provide for you.

Trapped in a helpless situation? Well, then fear Allah and obey Him and He will make a way out for you.

If someone does not find that he is being provided for nor does he find a way out, it implies that he needs to have more taqwa (piety).

Notice that this ayah also shows us the relationship between rizq and tawakkul.

So, if one is in a financial difficulty, one should remember that Allah is Ar-Razzaq. Obey Him and He will provide for you and make a way out for you.

Insha-Allah, I’ll continue this topic in tomorrow’s post.

[As it’s the weekend, the next two posts should be significantly longer, insha-Allah.]

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