An Introduction to the Lord of the Worlds – Day 18
بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
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.