Monday, December 26, 2016

Repentance and Reliance Increase the Believer's Blessings

In the context of Prophet Nooh, may Allah exalt his mention, Allah The Almighty Says (what means): {“I said (to them): Ask forgiveness from your Lord, verily, He is Oft-Forgiving; And give you increase in wealth and children, and bestow on you gardens and bestow on you rivers”} [Quran, 71: 10-12]. 

Commenting on this, Imaan Ibn Katheer, may Allah have mercy upon him, said, "If you repent to Allah, supplicate to Him for forgiveness and obey His commandments; He will increase your provisions, send down blessings from the Heavens and the earth, bring forth plantations, increase the milk production from your animals, grant you children and wealth and provide you with gardens through which rivers flow and which contain different types of fruits."

Allah The Almighty also Says (what means): {“And (commanding you): ``Seek the forgiveness of your Lord, and turn to Him in repentance, that He may grant you good enjoyment, for a term appointed, and bestow His abounding Grace to every owner of grace (i.e. the one who helps and serves the needy and deserving, physically and with his wealth, and even with good words). But if you turn away, then I fear for you the torment of a Great Day (i.e. the Day of Resurrection.”} [Quran, 11: 3].

Repentance and seeking forgiveness
Allah The Almighty has promised the one who repents and seeks His forgiveness, enjoyment, increased provisions and the bestowal of bounties. The Prophet, sallAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, said: “Allah will relieve one who excessively seeks His forgiveness from all grief, find a way out for him from all hardships and provide him from means which he could never have expected.” [Ahmad and Abu Daawood]

The supplication for forgiveness that increases provision and blessings is the one which affects the heart, giving rise to sincere supplications, while the person seeking forgiveness does not persistent in his disobedience. However, the one who seeks forgiveness verbally while committing different types of sins at the same time is not truthful in his supplications and these supplications will be fruitless.

If Allah The Almighty has provided for you abundantly, then hasten to true repentance and follow your words with actions. Beware of uttering supplications with your tongue alone because these are the actions of a liar.

Reliance on Allah The Almighty

Allah The Almighty Says (what means): {“And He will provide him from (sources) he never could imagine. And whosoever puts his trust in Allah, then He will suffice him. Verily, Allah will accomplish his purpose. Indeed Allah has set a measure for all things”} [Quran, 65: 3]. A person whose heart is connected to Allah The Almighty alone and depends upon Him to bring about benefit or prevent harm, and who puts his trust fully in Allah, Allah will suffice him, relieve him from all grief and provide him from sources which others are deprived of.

The Prophet, sallAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, said: “If you rely on Allah as He should be relied on, He will provide for you as He provides for the birds; they go out in the morning with empty stomachs and return full.” [Ahmad & At-Tirmithi]. Commenting on this Hadeeth (narration), Ibn Rajab, may Allah have mercy upon him, said, "This Hadeeth is fundamental in the issue of reliance upon Allah, and it is one of the greatest reasons for gaining provisions, as some of the Salaf have said 'If you rely on Allah, provisions will come to you without any effort.’"

Reliance on Allah The Almighty is to express ones inherent incapacity and complete dependence on Allah The Almighty alone, along with the certainty that He alone has control over the universe and that the affairs of all of creation are under His will. It is He alone Who provides, creates, grants and deprives from bounties, benefits, afflicts, gives wealth, causes poverty, health, sickness and life and death.

Reliance on Allah The Almighty does not entail abandoning worldly means, because He has commanded us to utilize all the possible means along with relying on Him. Physically striving to utilize all worldly means is in fact an act of obedience to Allah The Almighty, and reliance on Him with one's heart reflects belief in Him. Allah The Almighty Says (what means): {“Then when the (Jumu`ah) Salaat (prayer) is ended, you may disperse through the land, and seek the Bounty of Allah (by working).”} [Quran, 62: 10]
A Muslim is required to utilize all the available means without relying on them for the results; instead he should firmly believe that the matter of his sustenance is completely with Allah, and that He alone is The Provider.



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