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Tazkiyyah series Part 11: The best provision

وَالَّذِينَ يَكْنِزُونَ الذَّهَبَ وَالْفِضَّةَ وَلاَ يُنفِقُونَهَا فِي سَبِيلِ اللَّهِ فَبَشِّرْهُمْ بِعَذَابٍ أَلِيمٍ At Taubah 9:35

“(On the day when it) the treasures they hoarded up (will (all) be heated in the Fire of hell, and their foreheads and their flanks and their backs will be branded therewith) with their treasures ((and it will be said unto them): Here is) the punishment of (that which you hoarded) the wealth you amassed (for yourselves) in the life of this world.” (Now taste of what ye used to hoard) amass.

Ibn Kathir commented on this ayah that the one who loves something which they put before Allahs obedience will be punished by it.

Thawban said: “When the Verse concerning silver and gold was revealed, they said: ‘What kind of wealth should we acquire?’ Umar said: ‘I will tell you about that.’ So he rode on his camel and caught up with the Prophet, and I followed him. He said: ‘O Messenger of Allah what kind of wealth should we acquire?’ He said: ‘Let one of you acquire a thankful heart, a tongue that remembers Allah and a believing wife who will help him with regard to the Hereafter.’ ”

لِيَتَّخِذْ أَحَدُكُمْ قَلْبًا شَاكِرًا وَلِسَانًا ذَاكِرًا وَزَوْجَةً مُؤْمِنَةً تُعِينُ أَحَدَكُمْ عَلَى أَمْرِ الآخِرَةِ

Take care in what you devote yourself to

We are gatherers on this earth, spending our life hoarding the most expensive and beautiful things we can get our hands on. Man fights over wealth, collects it and is reluctant to spend it – our pursuit of wealth continues to escalate until it consumes our entire life.

“When you see someone competing with you over this life, compete with them over the Hereafter” Ibn Abi al-Dunya, Al Zuhd p229

وَإِذْ تَأَذَّنَ رَبُّكُمْ لَئِن شَكَرْتُمْ لَأَزِيدَنَّكُمْ ۖ وَلَئِن كَفَرْتُمْ إِنَّ عَذَابِى لَشَدِيدٌۭ

And ˹remember˺ when your Lord proclaimed, ‘If you are grateful, I will certainly give you more. But if you are ungrateful, surely My punishment is severe.’” (Surah Ibrahim 14:7)

The blessing of gratitude

Giving thanks is being grateful to the One who gives blessings from His Generosity. Being truly thankful involves:

  • Gratefulness of the heart; to surrender to its Creator and believe in Him
  • Good speech and acknowledgement with the tongue; to keep busy in remembrance of Allāh
  • Good actions with the limbs; to keep the limbs busy in the service of Allāh and abstain from using them in sins

Abu Huraira reported: The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “The one who eats gratefully has the status of one who fasts patiently.” Sunan al-Tirmidhī 2486

عَجَبًا لِأَمْرِ الْمُؤْمِنِ إِنَّ أَمْرَهُ كُلَّهُ خَيْرٌ وَلَيْسَ ذَاكَ لِأَحَدٍ إِلَّا لِلْمُؤْمِنِ إِنْ أَصَابَتْهُ سَرَّاءُ شَكَرَ فَكَانَ خَيْرًا لَهُ وَإِنْ أَصَابَتْهُ ضَرَّاءُ صَبَرَ فَكَانَ خَيْرًا لَهُ

“Wondrous is the affair of the believer for there is good for him in every matter and this is not the case with anyone except the believer. If he is happy, then he thanks Allah and thus there is good for him, and if he is harmed, then he shows patience and thus there is good for him.”Sahih Muslim 2999

Umar (RA) would say “I don’t care what state I will be in when I wake up, whether something I love or hate, because I don’t know whether good lies in what I love or hate”

And his son, Abdullah Ibn Umar (RA) said “Indeed one would ask Allah to choose for him what’s best and Allah chooses but he becomes upset with His Rubb. Then he sees the outcome and finds that it was best for him.” Ibn Abu al Dunya, al-Rida an Allah p83

Ibn Mas’ud also said “One would be close to getting a business deal or a leadership position and sees that’s in his grasp, and Allah mentions him from above the seven heavens and says to the angel “Go and take this away from my slave, for if I give it to him, I will take him to Jahannum.” So the angel stops him and he loses his objective and starts thinking that his neighbours brought him bad luck saying ‘this person outsmarted me and that one was quicker than me’ but it is only Allah that took it away from him. Ibn Abu al Dunya, al-Rida an Allah p83

Ayyub al Sukhtayani said “If what you want does not happen, then want what happens.” Sifat al Safwan v2 p174

Umar ibn Abdul Aziz (rh) lost his son Abdul Malik, his brother Sahl and his servant Muzahim in the space of a few days. Al Ravi Ibn Sabra said “May Allah increase your reward O Ameer ul Mo’mineen. I have not seen anyone tested like you in such a short span of time. By Allah I did it see a son like yours, a brother like yours or a servant like yours” So Umar lowered his head and the person next to him said you have renews his pain and sorrow. The he (rh) raised his head and said “Repeat what you said to me” So he did and he replied “No, I swear by the One who decreed death upon them, I do not love that any of that did not happen.” Ibn Abi al Dunya – al Rida an Allah p103

“What the human hates is better for him than what he loves because what he hates moves him to pray (dua) and what he loves distracts him from it.” Ibn Abi al Dunya – al Farah ba’da al shiddah p.41

The believer understand that any loss in this life will be turned into gains on the Day of Judgement and in Jannah. Consequently the believer does not have a glass-half empty or glass half-full mindset, rather than is glass is completely full because every loss in reality is a gain when you have sabr and shukr. This does not mean the believer will stop feeling pain – it’s human to feel anxiety and sorrow, but rather than dwelling on these he quickly loves to noticing the favours of Allah upon him in this test.

As the Prophet SAW said at Taif “If you are not angry with me, than I don’t care about anything” In lam yakun bika ghadhabun ‘alayya falaa ubaalee.

Hammâd ibn Ziyâd narrated that Layth ibn Abî Burdah said: “I went to Madînah, where I met ‘Abdullâh ibn Salâm, who said to me: ‘Would you like to visit a place visited by the Prophet (SAAS), and we will offer you sâwiq and dates?…’ Then he said: ‘When Allâh gathers people on the Day of Judgement, He will remind them of His blessings. One of His slaves will say: “Remind me of something,” and Allâh will say: “Remember when you faced such-and-such adversity, and you prayed to Me, so I relieved you of it. Remember when you were travelling in suchand-such a place, and you asked Me to give you a travelling companion, and I did so… Remember when you asked for the hand of soand- so the daughter of so-and-so, and others also asked for her hand, so I gave her to you to marry; and kept the others away.” His slave will be standing before his Lord, Who will remind him of His many blessings.’” Then the narrator of this story (Layth) wept and said, I hope that no one will stand before his Lord in this way, because the one who does so will be punished.” (i.e. if Allâh has to point out that which should be obvious, this is a sign of a person’s ingratitude, and he will be punished.)

The remembering tongue

The thankful heart leads to the remembering tongue and vice versa.

The Prophet (SAW) said while he was in his home “I am on your obedience (labbaik laa ‘aysha Illa ‘ayshal Akhira) true living is the living of the Hereafter, so forgive the Ansar and the Muhajiroon” out of humility in his home. (Al Musnad 13258)

When the Messenger of Allâh (SAAS) used to receive good news, he would prostrate himself (sujûd) and give thanks to Allâh. Abdu’r-Rahmân ibn ‘Awf (RA) narrated: “The Prophet (SAAS) entered upon us in the mosque, stood facing the qiblah, then prostrated himself and remained in sujûd for a long time. I said to him: ‘O Messenger of Allâh, you prostrated yourself for such a long time that we thought Allâh had taken your soul.’ He said: ‘Jibrîl came to me with good news. He told me: “Allâh says, ‘Whoever sends blessings on you, I will send sixty blessings on him in return, and whoever salutes you, I will salute him in return,’ so I prostrated myself and gave thanks to Allâh.’” (Ahmad)

Hammâd ibn Ziyâd narrated that Layth ibn Abî Burdah said: “I went to Madînah, where I met ‘Abdullâh ibn Salâm, who said to me: ‘Would you like to visit a place visited by the Prophet (SAAS), and we will offer you sâwiq and dates?…’ Then he said: ‘When Allâh gathers people on the Day of Judgement, He will remind them of His blessings. One of His slaves will say: “Remind me of something,” and Allâh will say: “Remember when you faced such-and-such adversity, and you prayed to Me, so I relieved you of it. Remember when you were travelling in suchand-such a place, and you asked Me to give you a travelling companion, and I did so… Remember when you asked for the hand of soand- so the daughter of so-and-so, and others also asked for her hand, so I gave her to you to marry; and kept the others away.” His slave will be standing before his Lord, Who will remind him of His many blessings.’” Then the narrator of this story (Layth) wept and said, I hope that no one will stand before his Lord in this way, because the one who does so will be punished.” (i.e. if Allâh has to point out that which should be obvious, this is a sign of a person’s ingratitude, and he will be punished.)

If you want to enrich your daily adhkaar try this – every time you say alhamdulillah make it specific with a blessing you have recently experienced. So in your next salaah say alhamdulillah for my sore throat going or the delicious iftar yesterday. For each of your 33 alhamdulillahs after salaah think of your various blessings – your son reading quran, your wife preparing your meal, your car passing MOT, you have a job, health, safety etc.

 

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