Needs of this world

Ibn ‘Uyainah, rahimahu Allah, said:

Hisham (bin Abdulmalik) entered the Ka’bah where he saw Salim bin ‘Abdillah, so he told him: ‘Tell me your needs’. Salim replied, ‘I am ashamed of Allah to ask someone else while I am at His house’. So when they left, Hisham said, ‘Now tell me your needs’. Salim said, ‘From the needs of this world or the hereafter?’ Hisham said, ‘From the needs of this world’. Salim said, ‘By Allah, I have not asked for the world from He who owns it then how will I ask it from he who does not’[Siyar A’lam al-Nubala, 4/466]

After reading the words of Salim, rahimahu Allah, I recollected the du’aa of our Prophet (salah allahu ‘alayhi wa salam): “…let us not suffer a calamity concerning our religion and make us not take this world as our greatest concern or a goal for our knowledge.” How many have sought this world recklessly without conscious of Allah? After being granted the joys of  provisions such as abundant food, money, and children, we still fail to yield with gratitude. Must we have a lot so to be thankful? And eat of the things which Allah (swt) has provided for you, as lawful and good, and keep your duty to Allah in Whom you believe.” [5: 88] Sadly enough, we find ourselves jumping overboard at the first sign of relief, taking security in our wealth and children, easily taking our lives for granted. We entrust our provisions to people instead of Allah, ‘azza wa jaal, to extent that we forget all together that He is the Sustainer. Thereupon, we become discontent with our ‘limited’ belongings, yearning for more, and resolving to get through means of haram. Oh Allah, make us not take this world as our greatest concern!

Believing in Allah, in His absolute abilities and power, is more than the ‘Islamic’ image we carry around. It is a certitude in the heart that is reflected in our actions. Do you carry a yaqeen that allows you to accept the will of Allah without questioning Him? There is always a wisdom behind His decree since He is all-Knowing. Everything you own of health, wealth, and more has a wisdom behind it and only Allah knows how it always benefits you. Why would Allah leave you behind if you are faithful to Him? He won’t…He’ll take care of you! “The bedouins say, “We have believed.” Say, “You have not [yet] believed; but say [instead], ‘We have submitted,’ for faith has not yet entered your hearts.” [49:14]. Therefore, your needs will be taken care by Allah, all you have to do is believe and take the proper means of attaining it.  In a hadith by Al-Tirmidhi, The Prophet (salah allahu ‘alayhi wa salam) said, “The one among you who wakes up secure in his property, healthy in his body and has his food for the day, it is as if the whole world were brought to him.”  You will feel a sense of extreme gratification and servitude when you rely on Allah and ask Him for your needs.

هي القناعة فالزمها تعش ملكا     لو لم يكن منها إلا راحة البدن
وانظر لمن ملك الدنيا بأجمعها     هل راح منها سوى بالقطن والكفن

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