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August 18, 2011


An Introduction to the Lord of the Worlds – Day 18

by Umm Muawiyah

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Assalamu Alaikum.

Let’s summarise what we learnt about Allah in this section. [That would be Day 10  – Day 17.]

a) He is the One who provides.

We need to remember this fact all time ESPECIALLY when Shaytaan (the devil) tries to stop us from giving in charity:

قُلْ إِنَّ رَ‌بِّي يَبْسُطُ الرِّ‌زْقَ لِمَن يَشَاءُ مِنْ عِبَادِهِ وَيَقْدِرُ‌ لَهُ ۚ وَمَا أَنفَقْتُم مِّن شَيْءٍ فَهُوَ يُخْلِفُهُ ۖ وَهُوَ خَيْرُ‌ الرَّ‌ازِقِينَ

“Say: “Truly, my Lord enlarges the provision for whom He wills of His slaves, and (also) restricts (it) for him, and whatsoever you spend of anything (in Allah’s Cause), He will replace it. And He is the Best of providers.” [Surah Saba (34) : 39]

Allah reminds us that HE is the one who provides and that He will do so for the one who spends in His cause.

This ayah (verse) makes it clear that none of us are going to become paupers because of giving our wealth away in charity!

Again, this issue shows us the importance of having tawakkul.

b) He is Free of any need and He has no imperfection.

Our lack of worship will harm us and it will not harm Him in any way whatsoever.

c) He is also Al-Kafeel (the one who is a surety), Al-Wakeel (the Disposer of Affairs), Al-Haseeb (the Reckoner) and Al-Kaafi (the Sufficient).

When we look at all these Names of Allah, it should make us increase in tawakkul.

We often make the mistake of relying upon people. Why?

Let’s take an example of the type of person we rely upon:

– It’s usually a younger person who is healthier. We don’t usually rely on a very old person.

– It’s usually the one who is wealthier. We don’t rely on a poor person.

– It’s usually the one who has physical strength. We don’t rely on a weak person.

– It’s usually a person whom we trust to take care of our matters. We don’t rely on untrustworthy people.

Now, what if we have the opportunity to rely upon the One who has no imperfections, who will never die nor sleep, who owns whatsoever is in the heavens and the earth, who sustains all of creation, and who is the best Disposer of Affairs?

Obviously, this is the One whom we should run to rely upon!

Just a question: Why aren’t we running then? What’s holding us back? Why is our tawakkul not as high as it should be?

How can we improve in terms of tawakkul? Well, some things that we could do are:

1) Read more about this topic and understand it well.

If we don’t understand what it is, we won’t be able to apply it.

2) Try not to ask anyone for anything that we can do ourselves.

Want to ask your maid to get you a glass of water?

Well, do yourself a favour and get it yourself so that you don’t ask anyone except Allah for anything.

3) Don’t get dependent on anyone.

Alone? Think of it as a gift from Allah.

If one is alone, then one has no choice but to rely upon Allah alone.

4) Don’t let anyone get dependent on you.

Perhaps you are the provider of your family?

Well, remind them who the REAL provider is and don’t let them get dependent on you. Remember that you are just a means.

5) Remember that we have to take the means whilst attaching our hearts to Allah.

I think of it as a door. The door is locked.

Dua (supplication) unlocks the door. One then tries to open the door (i.e. takes the means) whilst knowing full well that he is not the one opening the door but that someone else is actually doing it.

[I hope that this analogy was accurate. Allah knows Better.]

6) Remember that we don’t need anyone except Allah.

Parents who think of their children as the future breadwinners need to remember this. The children aren’t the ones who will provide for you – Allah will.

Childless couples need to remember this as well. The children aren’t the ones who will provide for you – Allah will. So don’t get depressed about who will provide for you in your old age.

7) Let our actions reflect our tawakkul.

It’s easy to say that we rely upon Allah but then why are our savings so huge?

Why aren’t we giving away this wealth in charity to those who need it?

Just a thought.

Tawakkul is not easy but then it’s not as difficult as some people make it out to be either.

May Allah make us of those with tawakkul.

This is the last part of this series for Ramadan. I’ll resume this series a few weeks later, insha-Allah.

[Tomorrow, I’ll be posting some Ramadan related stuff before taking my Ramadan break.]

I hope that this series was of some benefit, insha-Allah. If you spot any mistakes, then please do let me know immediately.

Allah knows Better.

7 Comments Post a comment
  1. bintul islaam
    Aug 19 2011

    assalamu alaikum,
    I m not a professional critic..but just one thing that i didn’t like was…shd i say it? Ok well i will..ur examples..although u used to write for Allah are the highest of examples..but i felt that the comparison should have been limited although it was not that much..but i think it should have been less..this is my opinion i am not saying its all right..and Allah knows best..btw can i copy and paste ur posts and send it to others via mail..

    • Umm Muawiyah
      Aug 19 2011

      Wa Alaikum Assalam Sister.

      Jazakillahu kheira for the advice. [Yes, I call it advice.]

      I used analogies because I noticed a lot of analogies in the Quran and the Sunnah. However, people could misunderstand the analogies which is why I had to explain that for Allah is the Highest Description.

      Could you tell me which examples you had issues with? And why?

      I’ll review them, insha-Allah and ask for others opinions. If they have something wrong in them, I’ll remove them, insha-Allah.

      And yes, you can send them by email but you don’t need to copy and paste. You can just use the email button below each post.

      [However, if you mean copy and pasting PART of a post then that is not something I allow.]

      Once again, jazakillahu kheira for the advice. Sometimes constructive criticism is worth much much more than loads of thanks yous. The former can help to improve one but the latter can destroy one.

      • bintul islaam
        Aug 20 2011

        Wa iyyaki ukhti
        And now here my another msg for u:
        no!! u took me wrong.. i m not saying i didn’t like ur examples or i had issues with any of them, i am just saying that the examples should have been limited.. anyways i will still go through all ur posts once again and see if i had issues with any of the examples although i don’t think i had with any, never will be a revision for me and a help for u..
        and jazakillahu khair to u for all ur hardwork, may Allah accept it from u..aameen

    Aug 19 2011

    Salamallaykum, Thanks again for providing me with more knowledge about Tawakkul and with good examples that we should only depend on Allah alone, no one else.Awaiting desperately for next lesson.

    Aug 19 2011

    Salamallaykum, good idea about Ramadan, we need to know more about last week of this month, if possibile please mail us few Duaas related to this week to pray.

  4. Fatima
    Aug 19 2011

    subhanallah! this series was of tremendous benefit! Allah is truly the GREATEST! May you and everyone reading this blog reap the maximum reward in these last ten days and with Allah’s help strive our hardest to leave this month with the title Muttaqeen and be able to maintain it after ramadhan. Ameen!
    jazakiallah khair for having this series!!
    assalamu aleikum wa rahmatuallahi wa barakatuhu

  5. Umm Moosa
    Aug 19 2011

    Walaikum Assalaam,
    Alhamdulillah the series was very beneficial. Jazakillahu khayran


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