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 I watch the gruesome images of Muslim kids being beaten, men and women being burnt, murdered or tortured, my soul cries out with helplessness and extreme distress. I rush to the only thing that would calm it. The Qur’an! And just as I begin reading Allah’s Glorious words, I come across ayaat that seem like a light in a deep dark tunnel…ayaat that bring solace to a troubled heart…ayaat that promise me, promise us as an ummah that HE IS THERE…HAS ALWAYS BEEN THERE AND HE WILL BRING US KHAIR SOON!
وَإِن يَمْسَسْكَ اللَّهُ بِضُرٍّ فَلاَ كَاشِفَ لَهُ إِلاَّ هُوَ وَإِن يَمْسَسْكَ بِخَيْرٍ فَهُوَ عَلَى كُلِّ شَىْءٍ قَدُيرٌ
(And if Allah touches you with harm, none can remove it but He, and if He touches you with good, then He is able to do all things.) [Al An’aam 6:17]
SubhanAllah! Allah states that He Alone brings benefit or harm, and that He does what He wills with His creatures, none can resist His judgment or prevent what He decrees, SubhanAllah! We have to believe that Allah gives and takes but no one can take away our faith in Allah from our heart. It’s something no one can snatch from you. Even if we are to lose everything in this world, even if we go through the worst of all trials, diseases and sufferings…we should know that it’s His Decree, His Plan for us…if He has touched us with hardship today, we have to believe that it is ONLY HIM WHO has the power to remove it!
And this realization itself helps us navigate through all the bumps and roadblocks in our life. We have submitted to the One Who will never abandon us, never leave us.
It is recorded in the Sahih that the Messenger of Allah used to supplicate,
«اللَّهُمَّ لَا مَانِعَ لِمَا أَعْطَيْتَ وَلَا مُعْطِيَ لِمَا مَنَعْتَ، وَلَا يَنْفَعُ ذَا الْجَدِّ مِنْكَ الْجَد»
(O Allah, there is none Who can avert what You grant or give what You deprive, and no fortune ever helps the fortunate against You.) This is why Allah further says in Al An’aam:
وَهُوَ الْقَاهِرُ فَوْقَ عِبَادِهِ
(And He is the Subjugator over His servants. ) [Al An’aam 6:18]
meaning, to Him the necks are subservient, the tyrants humble before Him and He has complete control over all things. The creatures have all bowed to Allah and are humbled before His grace, honor, pride, greatness, highness and ability over all things. The creatures are insignificant before Him, for they are all under His irresistible decision and power,
(and He is the All-Wise,) [Al An’aam 6:18] in all His actions,
الْخَبِيرُ (Well-Acquainted with all things.) [6:18]
Who places everything in its rightful place, grants and favors whomever deserves His favor.
So know O Muslim – Engulfed in pain and torture! Know that Allah is All Aware, All Wise, All Knowing, all-Seeing, the Just, the Loving, the Giver of all things, the One Who answers the call of his slaves. Allah will never abandon you, Allah will never withhold anything except to give something much greater. Allah’s plan is the best of all plans. So bear with patience for a little while more, for in this struggle you are not alone…!
“Every time Zakariyya entered her room, he found her supplied with provision. He asked, ‘Oh Maryam, from where is this [coming] to you?” She said, “It is from Allah . Indeed, Allah provides for whom He wills without account.” (Surah Aal-Imran 3:37)
The story of Hanna, her daughter Maryam (Mary) and her son Eesa (Jesus) is central to Surah Aal-Imran, as they are the family of Imran. These stories are so full of lessons, I had a difficult time choosing just one verse.
In this segment of the story, Maryam (Alayhissalam) is living her life in the worship of Allah, under the care of the Prophet Zakariyya (Alayhissalam). Zakariyya is surprised to find off-season fruits in her room whenever he entered it. This was a miracle (Karamat) which Allah bestowed on Maryam.
In this story, Maryam reminds Zakariyya, and teaches us, an important lesson that Rizq (sustenance) is from Allah, and He can provide for us miraculously without any limits. In this age of materialism, this is something we often forget.
Taking this lesson to heart, Zakariyya prays for a son despite being of an old age, and Allah grants it to him. Let us too take a lesson from this, and ask Allah to assist us in obtaining whatever we seek, and never lose hope in his Mercy.
If we work hard, put our trust in Him and ask of Him, then we too can experience Rizq being provided in miraculous ways in our lives. I know many people who can testify to this, including myself.
–Abu Muawiyah Ismail Kamdar
Allah does not place a burden on us greater than we can bear. If the answer to your du`a’ has been delayed, it’s because Allah KNOWS you can handle it. He tests those whom He loves, so keep asking and remember that Allah makes with hardship ease. And remember, as with tawakkul, we need to exert effort as well.
Ibn Mas‘ud (radi Allahu ánhu) used to swear by Allah that no servant expects the best from Allah – Most High except that Allah gives him the best!
“How can you ask me to smile with all these atrocities around us?” he asked.
This is a fair and just question. However, your frown will not solve the problems and it will not change a thing!
50,000 years before creating the universe, Allah had everything happening until the Day of Judgment written down. Once you believe in this and act upon it, you will find a different taste to live. Accepting that everything taking place was preordained and that you are held accountable for your choices makes life different to what we know.
This doesn’t mean that one wouldn’t be sad or angry for his brothers and sisters. We must do our best to relieve them from their troubles but at the same time, be positive and smile in the face of others. A smile is a charity and costs you nothing but it helps you and others go through tough times, providing of course they are not of the opposite sex! Your best smile should be directed to your parents, spouse and children.
May Allah make your days happy ones.
-Shaikh Assim Al Hakeem