09 July 2020   17. Zul Qadah 1441
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Sustenance, Deprivation ... Starvation …

ONE possible reason

Allah Ta'ala is the sole provider of sustenance to man and every living creation. No human being or animal has the power to provide. Making the effort and striving to earn a halaal Rizq is only a means to provide nourishment and all other necessities of life.

It is a human weakness and frailty to earn and want more and more. However, this is a process and one needs to engage in it within the bounds and norms of moderation. If not checked, one can so easily be knocked by sheer greed and get sucked into whirlpool of avarice and haughtiness. 

Indeed, this is exactly what our beloved Nabi (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) feared for us, and warned us against. 

It is the goodness of the Hereafter that ought to be central target and should be firmly ensconced and set in our hearts. The world, with all its deceptive attractions is, without a doubt, a cancerous and evil sickness. In this connection, our Allah states:

Whosoever desires the reward of the Hereafter, We give him increase in his reward, and whosoever desires the reward of this world, We (shall) give him thereof, and he has no portion in the Hereafter. [S 42; V 20]

How much clearer can this lesson ever be?

In one hadith Nabi (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) is reported to have said: 

"Nothing can change Taqdeer (destiny / fate) except Dua, and a person’s life span does not increase except doing good, and due to a person’s continuous sins, his sustenance is withheld.” (At Tarqeebut Tarqeeb) 

In the light of this hadith, it is openly clear that if a person sins without repentance (tauba), his Rizq (sustenance) is held back. The sins form a barrier from receiving the Rahmah (mercy) of Allah Ta’ala. Such barriers ward off the sustenance, which are abundantly available from the vast treasures of Allah Ta’ala.

In this narration it is also mentioned that a person’s sustenance shall increase, if he/she engages in Allah-pleasing ‘Amaals (deeds). In another narration it is also categorically mentioned that keeping firm Silah Rahmi (family- ties), increases one’s Rizq (sustenance).

Man has been repeatedly warned to abstain from sins and to continuously make Tauba / Istighfaar (seek forgiveness and repentance). As a matter of fact, Allah Ta’ala loves those who constantly engage in Tauba / Istighfaar and begs His Mercy. 

Nabi (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) repeatedly emphasised that the one that regularly pleads to Allah Ta’ala, and seeks His forgiveness and repentance, is effectively like one who has no sin.

Darul Ihsan Humanitarian Centre

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