He Knows what is best for you


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The story of Musa (alayhissalam) and Khidr holds so many profound lessons. Even Musa (alahissalam), a prophet of Allah, the one who spoke to Allah, struggled to stop himself questioning the actions of someone who was more knowledgeable than him. Just like us, he was human.

Yet, how many of us do this with Allah? The one who has the greatest knowledge of everything, both seen and unseen. The one who knows what thoughts we are harboring in our minds right now. Just like Musa (alayhissalam) lost patience with Khidr, we sometimes lose patience with Allah and begin to question His plan and decree, forgetting that He knows exactly what He is doing, as He is Al-‘Aleem, the Knower everything, the Knower of every creature, even of the little ant that scurries under a rock in the darkness of the night.

Instead of questioning the plan of Allah, have patience and watch his decree for you unfold, for He knows what is best for you.

And to Allah belongs the greatest of examples.

-Shaikh Sajid Umar

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Good Things, In Time


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This morning, between coffee sips and news conversation, my father imparted a beautiful wisdom [in Palestinian dialect]:      كل شئ في وقته بيجيب خير

“All things occurring in their appointed time bring only good.”

One sentence, breathing an unshakable conviction in Qadar. And I scrambled to find a pen and paper to scribble it down. I carry it like any one of you would carry a precious gem or a fine gold watch. The lessons therein are innumerate.
The sentence also inspired a revisit to my Judeo-Christian scripture notes, specifically, a quote attributed to Prophet ʿĪsa [عليه السلام]: “Father, if you are willing, let this cup [of suffering] pass from me; however, not my will, but Yours be done.” [Book of Luke 22:42]
This passage, though unconfirmed in its authenticity, hews perfectly to the underlying themes of sūrat at-Talāq, and they are tawakkul, reliance in Allah, and firm belief in Qadar, His decree. “…whoever relies upon Allāh, then He is sufficient for him. Indeed, Allāh will accomplish His purpose. Allah has already set for everything an appointed time.”
ومن يتوكل على الله فهو حسبه • إن الله بالغ أمره • قد جعل الله لكل شئ قدرا

Allāh’s decree [قدر ] enters our path uninvited. It struts its stuff in many moods and guises-—the good, the bad and the ugly-—but only the trusters in Allāh will embrace it. They will not hasten the decree of Allāh, nor will His decree bewilder them. All things are appointed for their due time.
فلا يستعجل المتوكل الإجابة، فالله بالغ أمره في وقته الذي قدر
What does “embracing [قدر] Allāh’s decree” look like? Take a cue from our Prophet’s companion, ʿUrwa ibn az-Zubair [رضى الله عنه]. He was a man who greeted calamities with smiles. While he was having his leg amputated, ʿUrwa received news that his son died in a serious accident. In the face of two losses-—a limb and a loved one-—our ṣaḥābi resisted tears, resisted grief, resisted all frustration with Allāh’s decree. Instead: “Oh Allah,” he said, “if You took, then you also gave. And if You inflicted with hardship, then You have pardoned [sins] also.”

يا رب فلإن كنت أخذت فقد أعطيت ولئن كنت قد ابتليت فقد عافيت

May all goodness unfold before you. And I am certain it will, when the time is right. So alḥamdulillāh in all circumstances

-Rania Abuisnaineh

None can withhold the Mercy of Allah


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“O Allaah! There is none to prevent what You give, and none to give what You prevent.”  (Al Bukhari 1/255, Muslim 1/414)

Shaykh Saalih al-Fawzaan (hafidhahullaah) comments:

“So if Allaah gives, there is no one who can prevent what He gives. Ever. And if He prevents, then no one can give what He prevents. If Allaah prevents someone from something, no one will be able to give it to him. Ever. Don’t praise the people for what Allaah has given you and don’t blame them for what Allaah hasn’t given you, because the One who gives and the One who prevents is Allaah, jalla wa ‘alaa. And that which is given or prevented through the slaves (of Allaah) only happens by the command of Allaah, subhaanahu wa ta’aala. So if this is so, then it is obligatory for the hearts and wishes to be attached to Allaah, ’azza wa jal, and for the person to not be angry with the creation if what he wanted did not happen. Rather, he should know that (whatever happened) is from Allaah, jalla wa ‘alaa; He is the One who prevented it from him. Furthermore, he doesn’t know what would be beneficial; the benefit may be in preventing him from that. Allaah knows and you do not know.”

Shaykh Muhammad bin Saalih al-’Uthaymeen (rahimahullaah) comments:

“So if, that which Allaah has decreed is to reach you, no one can ever prevent it. And that which Allaah, ‘azza wa jal, prevents, it is not possible for anyone to give it to you.No matter what means you take that would bring this thing that you want, indeed it cannot come to you as long as Allaah has prevented it. So if a person believes in these two sentences – and believing in them is obligatory – then indeed he will depend on Allaah with regard to his provision, repelling the harm and bringing the benefit. And he will always be relying on his Lord and believing that He, subhaanahu wa ta’aala, will suffice him.”

Source: Buloogh al-Maraam, Sharh Kitaab is-Salaah; tape no. 15/4 & tape no. 29/6