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Posts tagged ‘Tawakkul’

21
Jul

An Introduction to the Lord of the Worlds – Day 20

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Assalamu Alaikum.

[Here’s Day 19.]

3. He is Al-Qareeb (the One who is close) and Al-Mujeeb (the One who responds/answers).

وَإِلَىٰ ثَمُودَ أَخَاهُمْ صَالِحًا ۚ قَالَ يَا قَوْمِ اعْبُدُوا اللَّـهَ مَا لَكُم مِّنْ إِلَـٰهٍ غَيْرُ‌هُ ۖ هُوَ أَنشَأَكُم مِّنَ الْأَرْ‌ضِ وَاسْتَعْمَرَ‌كُمْ فِيهَا فَاسْتَغْفِرُ‌وهُ ثُمَّ تُوبُوا إِلَيْهِ ۚ إِنَّ رَ‌بِّي قَرِ‌يبٌ مُّجِيبٌ

“And to Thamud (people, We sent) their brother Saleh. He said: “O my people! Worship Allah, you have no other Ilah (God) but Him. He brought you forth from the earth and settled you therein, then ask forgiveness of Him and turn to Him in repentance. Certainly, my Lord is Near (to all by His Knowledge), Responsive.”” [Surah Hud (11) : 61]

وَإِذَا سَأَلَكَ عِبَادِي عَنِّي فَإِنِّي قَرِ‌يبٌ ۖ أُجِيبُ دَعْوَةَ الدَّاعِ إِذَا دَعَانِ ۖ فَلْيَسْتَجِيبُوا لِي وَلْيُؤْمِنُوا بِي لَعَلَّهُمْ يَرْ‌شُدُونَ

“And when My slaves ask you (O Muhammad) concerning Me, then (answer them), I am indeed near (to them by My Knowledge). I respond to the invocations of the supplicant when he calls on Me (without any mediator or intercessor). So let them obey Me and believe in Me, so that they may be led aright.” [Surah Al-Baqarah (2) : 186]

[This ayah (verse) comes right after the ayah about Ramadan being the month of Quran. The ayah after this also relates to fasting and Ramadan. Something to think about, isn’t it?]

وَقَالَ رَ‌بُّكُمُ ادْعُونِي أَسْتَجِبْ لَكُمْ ۚ إِنَّ الَّذِينَ يَسْتَكْبِرُ‌ونَ عَنْ عِبَادَتِي سَيَدْخُلُونَ جَهَنَّمَ دَاخِرِ‌ينَ

“And your Lord said: “Invoke Me, I will respond to your (invocation). Verily! Those who scorn My worship [i.e. do not invoke Me, and do not believe in My Oneness, (Islamic Monotheism)] they will surely enter Hell in humiliation!”” [Surah Ghafir (40) : 60]

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18
Aug

An Introduction to the Lord of the Worlds – Day 18

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]

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17
Aug

An Introduction to the Lord of the Worlds – Day 17

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Assalamu Alaikum.

c) Al-Haseeb (the One who takes account; the Reckoner)

Al-Haseeb is the one who is Sufficient for all His Slaves. He is the one recompenses (i.e. rewards) with them with either good or bad (depending on which on which one they deserve).

The proof for this Name is as follows:

وَإِذَا حُيِّيتُم بِتَحِيَّةٍ فَحَيُّوا بِأَحْسَنَ مِنْهَا أَوْ رُ‌دُّوهَا ۗ إِنَّ اللَّـهَ كَانَ عَلَىٰ كُلِّ شَيْءٍ حَسِيبًا

“When you are greeted with a greeting, greet in return with what is better than it, or (at least) return it equally. Certainly, Allah is Ever a Careful Account Taker of all things.” [Surah An-Nisaa (4) :86]

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16
Aug

An Introduction to the Lord of the Worlds – Day 16

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Assalamu Alaikum.

[Note: I started this section on Day 10. I mentioned 5 Names there. However, I added Ar-Raaziq and Al-Qayyum. Today and tomorrow, insha-Allah, I’ll also be adding Al-Kafeel, Al-Haseeb, and Al-Kaafi to that list, because they are all related to the issue of tawakkul.]

I’d like to add one more point to yesterday’s post:

[I just found out about it which is why I’m adding it today.]

One reason for Allah using the Name Al-Hayy (the Ever Living) for the One that should be relied upon is that the idols that the pagans (at the time of the Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wasallam)) worshipped were dead:

وَالَّذِينَ يَدْعُونَ مِن دُونِ اللَّـهِ لَا يَخْلُقُونَ شَيْئًا وَهُمْ يُخْلَقُونَ

أَمْوَاتٌ غَيْرُ‌ أَحْيَاءٍ ۖ وَمَا يَشْعُرُ‌ونَ أَيَّانَ يُبْعَثُونَ

“Those whom they (the polytheists) invoke besides Allsh have not created anything, but are themselves created. (They are) dead, lifeless, and they know not when they will be raised up.” [Surah An-Nahl (16) : 20-21]

So, these idols were dead so why bother relying upon them?

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15
Aug

An Introduction to the Lord of the Worlds – Day 15

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Assalamu Alaikum.

[Note: I haven’t forgotten to reply to all your comments. It’s on my to-do list (along with a whole bunch of other stuff…).]

So, Allah says that because He is the Ever Living One, we need to put our trust in Him.

Think about it. Anyone else that we might depend upon like a family member, a friend, etc is just a created being who is going to die one day.

And what happens if they die BEFORE us?

Are we going to rely upon someone else?

And what happens if they too die BEFORE us?

See how it goes? None of them can be relied upon completely.

Allah, on the other hand, will never die so we should feel completely relaxed and put our trust in Him.

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14
Aug

An Introduction to the Lord of the Worlds – Day 14

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Assalamu Alaikum.

[So, I write that I’m going to continue this series because I’m enjoying learning about the Names of Allah. After this, I get a flood of comments asking me to continue the series.

Did I miss something?]

The dua (supplication) which I referred to in yesterday’s post is as follows:

[Congratulations to the one who guessed it correctly.]

ما يمنعك أن تسمعي ما أوصيك به ؟ أن تقولي إذا أصبحت و إذا أمسيت : يا حي يا قيوم برحمتك أستغيث ، أصلح لي شأني كله ، و لا تكلني إلى نفسي طرفة عين

Anas ibn Malik (radiallahu anhu) narrated that the Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) said to Fatima (radiallahu anha): “What prevents you from listening to what I have advised you with, or saying at the onset of every morning and evening: “O Ever Living One, O Self Sustaining One, by Your Mercy I seek assistance, rectify for me all my affairs, and do not leave me to myself even for the blink of any eye.” [Sahih At-Targhib Wat-Tarhib, Hadeeth No. 661]

What can we learn from this hadeeth?

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11
Aug

An Introduction to the Lord of the Worlds – Day 11

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).

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17
Sep

Post-Ramadan Teensie-Weensie Tip #3: Stop Duaing. Start Doing.

Assalamu Alaikum.

Erm, “duaing”, you ask? Surely that was a typo, right?

Nope. It’s a term that I invented (unless someone has already beaten me to it, of course).

What is “duaing” exactly?

Umm Muawiyah’s Dictionary of Self-Invented Words lists the definition as follows:

Duaing (pronounced doo-aa-ing): Repeatedly doing dua without bothering to follow through with any action that will result in getting the dua accepted.

N.B. This term does not refer to repeatedly doing dua without taking action in the cases where one is unable to take any action.

A few examples will help you understand further:

Example # 1:

Brother A does constant dua to get a job. Every day, he wakes up expecting  the phone to ring with an interview call.

There’s just one problem. He doesn’t do anything except dua. He doesn’t send his CV to different companies, doesn’t sign up with any recruitment agencies, doesn’t ask people he knows for any information, doesn’t read the classifieds, etc.

He just does dua to get a job.

Example # 2:

Sister B does constant dua for her temper to cool down. She has serious issues with anger management. Every day, she wakes up expecting her temper to have miraculously gone away.

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