It was narrated from Abu Sa’eed al-Khudri that the Prophet (sallAllahu ‘alyhi wasallam) said:
“There is no Muslim who calls upon Allaah with words in which there is no sin or severing of family ties but Allaah will give him one of three things:
✔either He will answer his prayer soon, or
✔He will store it up for him in the Hereafter, or
✔He will remove something bad from him that is equivalent to what he is asking for.”
They said, “Then we should make a great amount of du’aa’.” He said, “Allaah is greater.”
(Narrated by al-Tirmidhi, 3573; classed as saheeh by al-Tirmidhi and others)
As human beings we must be prepared to face tests every day in different ways.
Sometimes we are tested with being strangers for practicing our faith like the people of the cave.
Sometimes we are tested with wealth and success like the man with the two gardens
Sometimes we are tested with calamities that we don’t understand like the people in the story of Musa and Al-Khidr
And sometimes we are tested with power and authority like Dhul Qarnayn.
Whatever the test is, focus on the goal: the pleasure of Allah and eternal Paradise and work towards it!
-Lessons from Surah AlKahf
Abu Muawiyah Ismail Kamdar
أَلَيْسَ اللَّـهُ بِكَافٍ عَبْدَهُ ؟
Sometimes, we want someone to deeply understand our wounds, our fears, and the pain we carry with us. Sometimes we want others to stop judging, stop talking, and stop assuming they know us. Sometimes, we want someone to just listen, just love, and show us how to hold on or simply let go
But most of the time, we’ll be waiting. Waiting for any of that to take place
Then we realize with time that it is ONLY Allah who is there for us, Only Allah who understands and accepts us, listens to us, calms our fears, and it is ONLY Allah Who is there for us whenever and wherever we need Him
An it is only then that we realize that ALLAH truly is enough for us! ♡
From the salaf uṣ-ṣāliḥeen was a scholar named حياة ابن شريح Ḥayāt ibn Sharīḥ, one of Bukhāri’s teacher. All his life, dunya constricted on Ḥayāt Ibn Sharīḥ; in unabated poverty and hunger, he adopted a life of zuhd (asceticism) unwillingly. Ibn Wahab said of him, “I have never seen a man as drastic in his istighfār as Ḥayāt ibn Sharīḥ. He was known for having his duʿās responded to. He was also of those who cried often [from khushūʾ]—and those deprived of this world’s comforts. For this reason he became a zāhid [ascetic].”
ما رأيت أحدا أشد استغفار بعمله من حياة. وكان يُعرَف بالإجابة. وكان من البكائين، وديق الحياة جداً ومع ذلك من الزاهدين
His worried students inquired about his condition; they said, “Why would Allāh restrict His rizq (provision) on a pious scholar like Ḥayāt?” And so Ḥayāt would respond to them: الله أعلم بما يصلح عباده “Allāh knows what [worldly] conditions are best for His servant…”
One of the kirāmāt (miracles) of this scholar: Ḥayāt ibn Sharīḥ’s annual income was a mere 60 dinars, which he distributed ALL to the needy. Narrations say Ḥayāt would return home and randomly find another 60 dinars under his pillow. Like Allāh was compensating him secretly for his charitable donations. His cousin, seemingly baffled by Ḥayāt’s kirāmah, tested this to see if it would work for him.
It didn’t. And when his cousin complained to him, Ḥayāt replied: أنا أعطيت ربي بيقين وأنت أعطيته بتجربة “I give for Allāh’s sake with yaqīn (certainty) while you give to test Him.”
A quick-witted scholar, yes, but also an exemplar of virtuosic contentment. Your heart may long for wealth, but Allāh knows poverty is better for you. It may long for simplicity, but Allāh chose you for His rizq. He knows. And we know nothing.