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Being pleased with Allahs decreee – Allahumma raddinee biqadaa’ik

Today, we reach 104 days of Israel’s war on Gaza – a massacre of Palestinians in full view of the world. We watched as South Africa argued Israeli forces were undertaking or intending a genocide, as they were aware that the bombings would cause significant civilian casualties. It said many of the Palestinians were killed in Israeli declared safe zones, mosques, hospitals, schools and refugee camps.

The South African government also alleged the Israeli attacks and the actions of its forces were preventing the humanitarian needs of the Palestinian people being met. It particularly emphasised the Israeli decision to cut off water supply to Gaza. The distribution of food, medicine and fuel were also hampered. Israeli attacks on hospitals were also highlighted.

We heard this week that the US urged Israel to scale back the intensity of its devastating military offensive that has killed nearly 25,000 Palestinians. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has rejected US calls for the development of a Palestinian state, as he vowed the offensive in Gaza would press ahead for many months. 

Allah SWT tells us “And, verily, Our Word has gone forth of old for Our servants, the Messengers,) meaning, it has already been stated in the first decree that the Messengers and their followers will ultimately prevail in this world and the Hereafter.” [Surah as-Saafaat: 173-175]

Regarding this, Shaykh Ibn Taymiyyah (rh) reminds us that victory (nasr), or being victorious (mansurun), isn’t restricted to the usual sense of the term as in defeating one’s opponent or vanquishing them. He says that it is broader than that. Responding to the objection that how can Allah’s Messengers all be described as victorious when many of them were slain without them or their message of tawhid prevailing, he explains:

‘Being killed, if it is upon a manner wherein there is honour for Islam and its people, then this is from the perfection of victory. For death is inevitable. So if one dies pleased with [Allah and] the Afterlife, then one has achieved untainted victory 

Taking our queue from this insight, we can look at what is now happening to the Palestinians in Gaza with a fresh perspective, to see that Allah has already given them and us victory.

Life is hard. There is no doubt about – life is a place of testing, not of resting.
Sometimes we are tested with ease, to test our gratitude.
Sometimes we are tested with temptation to show our resolve.
And sometimes we are tested with difficulties to reveal our patience. 

Knowing this, we must thank our Creator for revealing Islam and guiding us to it, because it is only Islam that has the ultimate coping mechanisms that make the trials of life bearable. 

At the centre of this is our creed – our core beliefs of which I’d like to focus on one today which can be misunderstood by many – the concept of Qadr.  “Wa bil qadri khayrihi wa sharrihi minallahi ta’ala,” 

Al-Lalaka’i reported: Abu Darda, may Allah be pleased with him, said, “The pinnacle of faith is in four things: patience with the judgment of Allah, pleasure with the decree of Allah, sincerity and trust in Allah, and surrender to the Lord.”

Source: Sharḥ Uṣūl I’tiqād Ahl al-Sunnah wal-Jamā’ah 1697

ذُرْوَةُ الْإِيمَانِ أَرْبَعٌ الصَّبْرُ لِلْحُكْمِ وَالرِضَا بِالْقَدَرِ وَالْإِخْلَاصُ وَالتَّوَكُّلُ وَالِاسْتِسْلَامُ لِلرَّبِّ

When he was dying, Ubadah Ibn as-Sāmit told his son: “O son, you will not taste the sweetness of Ēmān until you know that whatever you receive, you would have never missed it; and whatever you have missed, you would have never received it. I heard Allāh’s Messenger (peace be upon him) say: “The first thing Allāh created was the Pen. He commanded it to write. It asked: What should I write? He said: Write the Decree (al-Qadar) of everything until the Day of Judgment”. O son, I heard the Messenger of Allāh (peace be upon him) say: “He who dies not believing in this is not one of my people”. [Abū Dawūd – see: Jamu al-Fawāid, Vol.2 Pg. 328]

Yahya ibn Sa’id reported: Umar ibn Abdul Aziz, may Allah have mercy on him, would supplicate often, saying, “O Allah, make me pleased with Your decree and bless me in Your providence, such that I would not like to hasten anything You delay, nor delay anything You hasten.” (al-Riḍā ʻan Allāh bi-Qaḍāʼihi li-Ibn Abī al-Dunyā 46)

اللَّهُمَّ رَضِّنِي بِقَضَائِكَ
وَبَارِكْ لِي فِي قَدَرِكَ
حَتَّى لَا أُحِبَّ تَعْجِيلَ شَيْءٍ أَخَّرْتَهُ وَلَا تَأْخِيرَ شَيْءٍ عَجَّلْتَهُ

This is a phenomenal dua and addresses frustration someone may have with Allah(SWT). The feeling that we are in this race against time creates great stress especially when your plans are disrupted by others or you don’t get what you want. The Prophet(SAW) said most people give up on their dua, because they have asked but it hasn’t happened yet. Know that the every dua is heard and answered, although the results may not be immediate.

Sayyiduna Abu Umamah (RA) reports that Rasulullah (SAW) said: Allah Ta’ala says to the Angels: ‘Go to my servant and place certain calamities on him. The Angels comply. This person then praises Allah (despite the calamities). The Angels then go back to Allah and say: ‘O our Rabb, we have placed those calamities on him just as you have ordered. Allah Ta’ala says: Return/ Go away for I love hearing his voice’ (Tabarani in Al Mu’jamul Kabir, Hadith: 7697. Majma’uz Zawaid)

Salman (RAA) narrated that the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said: “Your Rabb (Lord of the Universe) is Modest and Generous, and would never turn the hands of a slave without gain when he raises them to Him (in supplication).” Related by the four lmams except An-Nasa’i.

 إِنَّ رَبَّكُمْ حَيِيٌّ كَرِيمٌ, يَسْتَحِي مِنْ عَبْدِهِ إِذَا رَفَعَ إِلَيْهِ يَدَيْهِ أَنْ يَرُدَّهُمَا صِفَرًا

And no doubt, Allah(SWT) Knows and is in Control of all things, yet, we have blind to the path we have been destined for, so we are commanded by Allah(SWT) to make effort and seek guidance. 

The Prophet ﷺ said:
Be mindful of Allah and He will protect you.
Be mindful of Allah and you will find Him before you.
If you ask, ask from Allah. If you seek help, seek help from Allah.
Know that if the nations gather together to benefit you, they will not benefit you unless Allah has decreed it for you.
And if the nations gather together to harm you, they will not harm you unless Allah has decreed it for you.
The pens have been lifted and the pages have dried. [Sunan al-Tirmidhī, 4:248 #2516]

The Sahaba showed us the relationship between Ēmān and Al-Qadar. Al-Bukhārī narrated that when Umar Ibn al-Khattāb set out for Ash-Sham, the commanders of the army, Abū Ubayda Ibn al-Jarrah and his companions, met him and told him that the plague had broken out in Ash-Sham. Ibn Abbās said: Umar Ibn al-Khattāb said, ‘all the Muhajir come to me’. He assembled them and asked them for advice, informing them that the plague had broken out in Ash-Sham

They disagreed. Some said, ‘You have set out for something, and we do not think that you should leave it’. Others said, ‘You have the companions of the Prophet (peace be upon him), and the rest of the people with you, and we do not think that you should send them towards this plague’. Umar said, ‘Leave me’. Then he said, ‘Summon the Ansar to me’. They were summoned and he asked them for advice. They acted as the Muhājirūn had and disagreed as they had disagreed. He said, ‘Leave me’. “Then he said, ‘Summon to me whoever is here of the aged men of Quraysh from the Muhājirūn of the conquest’. He summoned them and not one of them differed. They said, ‘We think that you should withdraw the people and not send them towards the plague’. 

So Umar called out to the people, ‘I am leaving in the morning’, so they set out. Abū Ubayda said, ‘Is it fleeing from the decree of Allāh?Umar said, ‘Better that someone other than you had said it, Abū Ubayda. Yes! We flee from the decree of Allāh to the decree of Allāh. What would you think if these camels had gone down into a valley which had two slopes, one of them fertile, and the other barren. If you pastured in the fertile part, wouldn’t you pasture them by the decree of Allāh? If you pastured them in the barren part, wouldn’t you pasture them by the decree of Allāh?’ [Fathu al-Bārī, Vol. 10, Pg. 150, 151 and Al-Muwatta, Pg. 557, 558]

Ibn al-Qayyim al-Jawziyyah said: Tawhīd cannot be achieved except by practicing the means that Allāh has appointed… Suspending use of the means detracts from trust (Tawakkul)… Abandoning use of the means contradicts trust. The real meaning of trust is to rely on Allāh to gain what is useful in life and religion and avoid what is harmful in life and religion. This trust in Allāh should be accompanied with physical efforts otherwise wisdom and the Shari’āh will be hindered. The believer should not therefore turn his failure into trust (Tawakkul) nor his trust into failure…”[Zād al-Mā’d, Vol. 3, Pg. 67] .

The relationship between our belief in Qadr and what it produces is like our heart and our muscles. Having strength of heart enables us to build strength in our arms and legs – the muscles which emanate from Qadr are are Tawakkul (Trusting God), Sabr (Patience and Resiliency), Salah (The Formal Prayer) and Dua (Private Supplication).

Palestine has showed the world what RESILIENCE is
Yemen has showed the world what COURAGE is, by preventing military ships passing them to put pressure on Israel to ease restrictions on supplies of humanitarian aid to Palestinians.
South Africa has showed the world what JUSTICE is, by putting a case of genocide including a litany of alleged Israeli offences, from the indiscriminate killing of Palestinian civilians to the wholesale destruction of Gaza’s infrastructure, to the the International Court of Justice.

The Prophet ﷺ said:

Good works protect from evil fates. Charity in secret extinguishes the wrath of the Lord, maintaining family ties increases lifespan, and every good deed is charity. The people of good in the world are the people of good in the Hereafter, and the people of evil in the world are the people of evil in the Hereafter. And the first to enter Paradise are the people of good. [al-Ṭabarānī, Sulaymān ibn Aḥmad. al-Muʻjam al-Awsaṭ. (al-Qāhirah: Dār al-Ḥaramayn, 1995), 6:163 #6086;]

Have we forgotten how we would recite Allahs words during the Covid pandemic: 
Say, “Nothing will ever befall us except what Allah has destined for us. He is our Protector.” So in Allah let the believers put their trust. [Surah at-Tawbah 9:51]

The verb “qadaa” in Arabic means to decide, settle or judge, and from this word the term judge, Qaadi is derived. As a noun, Al-Qadaa refers to a binding decision that has been made often translated as fate. 

In society, this is often considered quite negatively because people dont like to feel they are out of control and often times question, so what’s the point then, if this was going to happen any way.

You are not in control 

You did not decide to be born, your skin colour, your postcode, your parents, your birthplace and your experiences. You do not control your breathing, your heartbeat or your day to day health. 

Yes, you can influence them but as we have seen these last few days, even those who were healthy fall ill, the young pass away and the wealthy despair. We are the creation of Allah(SWT) and the Prophet(SAW) reminds us 

Why me? Be content with what you have

Every one of us experiences a vicious cycle of such feelings throughout life. Those who arent married, wish for the best wife. After marriage, how quickly we forget our single days, and anxiously await our first child. Once our first-born is a toddler, when we hear of someone having their third baby, we start desiring our second one. Eventually, it’s the bigger house in the suburbs, the family van, and the foreign vacation. Every time, when Allah gives us what we pine for, we forget how we longed for it, and move on to the next item on our wish list.

It is a fact that Satan, our avowed enemy, tries to make us ungrateful for Allah’s blessings and favours upon us. He always reminds us of the things we do not have that we think will make us happier; making us dwell on what others have which we don’t; and making us despair of imminent relief from trials which we are facing in life.

Al-Qurtubi reported: Abdullah ibn Mas’ud, may Allah be pleased with him, said, “Do not be an enemy to the blessings of Allah.”  لَا تُعَادُوا نِعَمَ اللَّهِ
It was said, “Who is an enemy to the blessings of Allah?” Ibn Mas’ud said, “Those who envy people for what Allah has given them of his favour.” Al-Qurtubi said, “Allah Almighty said in some of his scriptures: The envier is an enemy of My blessings, displeased with My decree while not satisfied with My distribution.” Tafsīr al-Qurṭubī 4:54

Remember, the adage that the grass is greener on the other side is rarely true, rather the grass is greener wherever you water it, so nurture your Iman and strengthen those muscles of patience and trust in Allah(SWT).

How do we achieve ridhaa bil Qadhaa?

Know, that pleasure with Allah’s decree is Paradise of this world. Abdul Wahid ibn Zayd (rh) said, “Contentment is one of the greatest doors to Allah, the Paradise of this world, and the repose of the worshippers.” {Ḥilyat al-Awliyā’ 6/156}

الرِّضَا بَابُ اللهِ الْأَعْظَمُ وَجَنَّةُ الدُّنْيَا وَمُسْتَرَاحُ الْعَابِدِينَ

Nafi’ reported: A son of Abdullah ibn Umar, may Allah be pleased with him, complained of an illness and Ibn Umar was very distraught over him so much that some people said: We are afraid for this old man because of what might happen to his boy! The boy died and Ibn Umar went out to his funeral. There was not a man more visibly happy than him, so he was asked why. Ibn Umar said, “Verily, it was only mercy for him and when the decree of Allah came to pass, we accepted it.” [al-Riḍā ʻan Allāh bi-Qaḍāʼihi li-Ibn Abī al-Dunyā 98]

Imam al Ghazali said, “As I look back on my life, I realize that every time I thought I was being rejected from something good; I was actually being re-directed to something better. You must convince your heart that whatever God has decreed is most appropriate and most beneficial for you.” 

In Sahih Al-Bukhari it is narrated that Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) was giving a group of people money. One of the companions said: “Why don’t give so and so? By Allah I think he is a good guy!” Prophet Muhammad ignored him and he kept giving to other people.

The second time, the companion said the same. And the Prophet Muhammad ignored him for a second time. A third time, he ignored him. And then Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) turned to him and said: O so and so, sometimes I give money to people and I don’t to those whom I love more, i.e. the beloved I don’t give to out of a fear that that money will be a temptation that will drag them into hellfire.

In other words, Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) knows the people. And he is saying, “What you are saying about this man might be right, he is a good guy but he doesn’t have that type of patience with money. That he might do something that is not appropriate with that money.”

And if Allah had extended [excessively] provision for His servants, they would have committed tyranny throughout the earth. But He sends [it] down in an amount which He wills. Indeed He is, of His servants, Acquainted and Seeing. [Surah as-Shura 42:27]

Abdullah ibn Abbas reported: Umar ibn al-Khattab, may Allah be pleased with him, went out to Syria until he arrived at Sargh. The commanders of the army, Abu ‘Ubaydah ibn al-Jarrah and his companions, met him and told him that an epidemic had befallen the land of Syria. Umar announced to the people, “I will turn back in the morning, so you must as well.” Abu ‘Ubaydah said, “Are you fleeing from the decree of Allah?” Umar said, “Would that another had said so, O Abu ‘Ubaydah! Yes, we are fleeing from the decree of Allah to the decree of Allah. Do you not see that if you had camels descending in a valley with two fields, one of them fertile and the other barren, you would graze in the fertile field by the decree of Allah or you would graze in the barren field by the decree of Allah?” Source: Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī 5397

Ali reported: We were sitting with the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, and he said, “There are none among you but that his place in Paradise or his place in Hellfire are decreed.” We said, “O Messenger of Allah, shall we not depend on this alone?” The Prophet said, “No, you must work, for all will be facilitated.” Then, the Prophet recited the verse, “As for one who gave in charity and was righteous and affirmed the best, We facilitate for him the easy path.” (Surah 92:5-7)

“And those who strive for Us – We will surely guide them to Our ways. And indeed, Allah is with the doers of good.” – Quran 29:69

In Imam Ibn Kathirs Tafsir, he records that `Abbas Al-Hamdani Abu Ahmad said “Those who act upon what they know, Allah will guide them to that which they do not know.”  

Ibrahim(AS) was thrown into the fire before it became cool. Yusuf (AS) was thrown into prison before becoming a king. Rasoolullah(SAW) was rejected, exiled and an immigrant before he became a leader.

What can we do?

عَنْ عَلِيٍّ عَلَيْهِ السَّلَام قَالَ  كُنَّا جُلُوسًا عِنْدَ النَّبِيِّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ فَقَالَ مَا مِنْكُمْ مِنْ أَحَدٍ إِلَّا وَقَدْ كُتِبَه مَقْعَدُهُ مِنْ الْجَنَّةِ وَمَقْعَدُهُ مِنْ النَّارِ فَقُلْنَا يَا رَسُولَ اللَّهِ أَفَلَا نَتَّكِلُ قَالَ لَا اعْمَلُوا فَكُلٌّ مُيَسَّرٌ ثُمَّ قَرَأَ فَأَمَّا مَنْ أَعْطَى وَاتَّقَى وَصَدَّقَ بِالْحُسْنَى فَسَنُيَسِّرُهُ لِلْيُسْرَى إِلَى قَوْلِهِ فَسَنُيَسِّرُهُ لِلْعُسْرَى

Salman reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Nothing repels the divine decree but supplication, and nothing increases life span but righteousness.” Tirmidhī 2139  لَا يَرُدُّ الْقَضَاءَ إِلَّا الدُّعَاءُ وَلَا يَزِيدُ فِي الْعُمْرِ إِلَّا الْبِرُّ

Aisha reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, taught her among the comprehensive supplications, “O Allah, I ask You for Your every decree upon me to be good.” Source: Sunan Ibn Mājah 3846

 اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَسْأَلُكَ أَنْ تَجْعَلَ كُلَّ قَضَاءٍ قَضَيْتَهُ لِي خَيْرًا

And the Prophet(SAW) would supplicated

 اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَسأَلُكَ نَفسًا بِكَ مُطمَئِنَّةً، تُؤمِنُ بِلِقَائِكَ، وَتَرضَى بِقَضَائِكَ، وَتَقنَعُ بِعَطَائِكَ

Which means: “O Allah, I ask you to grant me a soul that is reassured with You, that believes in meeting You, that is content with Your decree, and that is satisfied with Your gifts.” (Narrated by Imam at-Tabrani)

Similarly, Umar ibn Abdul Aziz, may Allah be pleased with him, used to say, “O Allah, make me content with Your providence and bless me in Your decree, such that I would not like to hasten what has been delayed, nor delay what has been hastened.” [Shu’ab al-Imān 224]

عَنْ يَحْيَى بْنِ سَعِيدٍ أَنَّ عُمَرَ بْنَ عَبْدِ الْعَزِيزِ كَانَ يقول رحمه الله اللهُمَّ رَضِّنِي بِقَضَائِكَ وَبَارِكْ لِي فِي قَدْرَكَ حَتَّى لَا أُحِبَّ تَعْجِيلَ شَيْءٍ أَخَّرْتَهُ وَلَا تَأْخِيرَ شَيْءٍ عَجَّلْتَهُ

Ustadh AbdelRahman Murphy relates as he was explaining the wisdom behind trials in a lecture, a man who it turned out was a doctor was in the audience crying. He explained that whenever there was a child about to die at the hospital they would put out a request on the tannoy from him. 

He would enter and often times the families were hysterical, crying and don’t want to talk to anyone. So he introduces himself “Hello, my name is Dr So-and-so and I say 10 years ago, my daughter died.” The whole atmosphere in the room changes and the families suddenly hug him and share their sense of loss.

He said, as you explained these wisdoms, I realised that my daughter was meant to be a Mercy for other people – that was her goal – a Rahma for others. This helped give him perspective. Only because I was put through this experience. If this was the only reason, it would be sufficient. What courage and patience!

Know, that your trials are a preparation for you and perhaps a means of Mercy for others.

Ibn Ata’illah al-Iskandari’s (d.709H/1309CE) wrote in his famous Hikam al-Ata’iyyah that:

If, in spite of intense supplication, there is a delay in the timing of the Gift, let that not be the cause for your despair. For He has guaranteed you a response in what He chooses for you, not in what you choose for yourself; and at the time He desires, not the time you desire.

‘That is, let not a delay in the timing of a gift [response] – despite persistence and firm continuance in making du‘a – be a cause to despair about a response to the du‘a. For Allah, transcendent is He, has guaranteed you a response, as per His words: “Call upon Me, and I will respond to you” [60:40] in what He chooses for you, not what you choose for yourself. For He knows what is better for you than you do. Perhaps you may ask for a thing, the denial of which is better for you. The author writes later: “Sometimes He gives while depriving you, and sometimes He deprives while giving to you.” This is witnessed by those who realise the station: It may be that you hate a thing though it is good for you, or love a thing though it is bad for you. Allah knows, but you know not. [2:216] This is why one of the gnostics stated: “His withholding from you is, in reality, a form of giving.”

Likewise, He has guaranteed you a response in the time He chooses, not in the time of your choosing. Cultivate a Moses like patience, for patience and avoiding hastiness more befits the servant. Don’t you see that Moses would supplicate against Pharaoh and his folk and Aaron would say: “Amen” to it: “O Lord, destroy their riches and harden their hearts so that they persist in disbelief, until they face the painful torment.” [10:88] Yet only after forty years were their prayers answered, as He said: “Your prayer is answered. Follow, both of you, the right path and do not walk in the footsteps of those who know not.” [10:89] In one hadith [it says]: “Indeed, Allah loves those who are persistent in supplicating.”Al-‘Uqayli, Du‘afa, no.467. Al-Munawi graded it weak (da‘if),

It has also been related that when a righteous slave supplicates to Allah, exalted is He, Gabriel says: O Lord, your slave wants a need of his fulfilled. So Allah says: “Leave my slave; for I love him and love to hear his voice.”Al-Tabarani, al-Awsat, no.8442

So, O aspirant, fulfil what Allah has instructed you with in respect to supplication, and submit to His will. Perhaps you will be responded to by Him withholding from you and giving you other than what you were seeking, by which you are then granted the greatest good, and even more. [10:26]’

The creed of Imam Al-Tahawi states:

The principle of providence is the secret of Allah Almighty in His creation that has not been given to an angel near Him, nor to a prophet or messenger. Exaggeration (al-ta’ammuq) and debate regarding it leads to failure, progressive denial, and a degree of transgression. Take every precaution against that kind of debate, thinking, and insinuation.

Abu Huraira reported: The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, would seek refuge in Allah from the evil of the divine decree, from falling into misery, from the gloating of enemies, and from an unbearable trial. [Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī 6347, Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim 2707]

عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ أَنَّ النَّبِيَّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ كَانَ يَتَعَوَّذُ مِنْ سُوءِ الْقَضَاءِ وَمِنْ دَرَكِ الشَّقَاءِ وَمِنْ شَمَاتَةِ الْأَعْدَاءِ وَمِنْ جَهْدِ الْبَلَاءِ

«إِنَّ اللهَ عَزَّ وَجَلَّ يَقُولُ لِأَهْلِ الْجَنَّةِ: يَا أَهْلَ الْجَنَّةِ فَيَقُولُونَ: لَبَّيْكَ رَبَّنَا وَسَعْدَيْكَ وَالْخَيْرُ فِي يَدَيْكَ. فَيَقُولُ: هَلْ رَضِيتُمْ؟ فَيَقُولُونَ: وَمَا لَنَا لَا نَرْضَى يَا رَبِّ وَقَدْ أَعْطَيْتَنَا مَا لَمْ تُعْطِ أَحَدًا مِنْ خَلْقِكَ، فَيَقُولُ: أَلَا أُعْطِيكُمْ أَفْضَلَ مِنْ ذَلِكَ؟ فَيَقُولُونَ: يَا رَبِّ وَأَيُّ شَيْءٍ أَفْضَلُ مِنْ ذَلِكَ؟ فَيَقُولُ: أُحِلُّ عَلَيْكُمْ رِضْوَانِي فَلَا أَسْخَطُ عَلَيْكُمْ بَعْدَهُ أَبَدًا»

(Allah, the Exalted and Ever High, will say to the people of Paradise, `O residents of Paradise!’ They will say, `Labbayka (here we are!), our Lord, and Sa`dayk (we are happy at your service!) and all the good is in Your Hand.’ He will ask them, `Are you pleased’ They will say, `Why would not we be pleased, O Lord, while You have given us what You have not given any other of your creation’ He will say, `Should I give you what is better than all this’ They will say, `O Lord! What is better than all this’ He will say, `I will grant you My pleasure and will never afterwards be angry with you.’) The Two Sahihs collected the Hadith of Malik.

Imam Shafi’ would say in dua’ Razaqtani al Islam wa lam as’aluk farzuknil Jannah wa ana as’aluk You blessed me with Islam without me asking, so bless with me with the Jannah which I ask for.

Shaykh Ali Hammuda narrates that a lady from Monsurah, Egpyt came from a very poor family and her husband was absent. Her daughter was severely ill and they had no food, let alone medicine. She would tend to her daughters fever and then spend some time praying, then tend to her daughter, then pray and cry to Allah(SWT) for help. This continued until late into the night when there is a knock on the door. She asked who it was to be told to her suprise “The doctor”. Shocked, she let him in and he asked about the child and then immediately saw to her, checking her condition and prescribing some medication. As he completed, he turned to the lady and asked for payment, to which she replied “I have nothing to give you.” He was very upset and said “How could you call me and not have any payment” to which she replied “I didnt call you.” He duly pulled out his notes and asked isnt this such-and-such address, to which she replied “No, thats next door”. The Dr was shocked and asked of her condition, then broke down and realised that Allah(SWT) had responded to her dua.

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