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"AL-Eti'daal" Weekly Article-Issue 10
17 Zul Hijjah 1433/02 November 2012

Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said:

“Verily Allah says: O son of Adam, make time to serve me in Ibaadah and I will fill your heart with the feelings of sufficiency and satisfaction and I will remove poverty and want from you. If not then I will cause your hands to be continuously busy with preoccupation and I will not cause poverty to move from you.”

This statement comes from Allah, the Divine Creator, Lord of the Kingdoms and the All Powerful One in whose Hand lies the key to all the treasures of the world.

Other traditions also corroborate this statement that success in this world is dependent upon Ibaadah. But what do we do? In order to earn the worldly wealth we disregard the times of Salaah - those very times which bring success!!
So when we think that our successes can only be attained through disobedience to Allah, is it any wonder that our ills continue to increase?

How is it possible to solve the problem regarding our daily piece of bread by being completely unmindful of Allah? - the Giver of our daily bread who had indeed warned that because of our neglecting lbaadah He will not cause poverty to be removed nor free the heart from preoccupying worries?

In a Hadeeth it is reported that Allah says:

“If My Servants serve Me dutifully, I will send over them the rains by night when they sleep and over them the sun will continue to shine (so that in their affairs there will be no hindrance) and the sound of lightning will not reach their ears (so that for them there will be no need for fear and anxiety)” (Jami-us-Sagheer)


But in contrast what is our position through our own deeds? Daily from all corners we hear complaints of little or no rain; and when it does come it brings disastrous storms and floods with the most fearful results.

In the ‟Ihya” (of Imam Ghazzali) there is a story of a severe drought during the time of Nabi Moosa (Alayhis Salaam). Bani Israel went out into the desert for three consecutive days. Still the rains did not come. On the third day it was revealed to Nabi Moosa (Alayhis Salaam) that the rains did not come because of the fact that among the congregation there was a man responsible for carrying and spreading gossip about others. That was the reason for their prayers remaining unanswered.

Nabi Moosa (Alayhis Salaam) then asked to be informed as to the identity of that person so that he could be separated from the congregation. Allah replied: “How is it that I prohibit you from tale-bearing and gossip and now you want me to be guilty of the same? I shall not point out the person responsible.”

Thereupon Nabi Moosa (Alayhis Salaam) addressed his people and exhorted them all to repent of tale bearing and gossip. He made them seek forgiveness for all sins. Very soon the rains came down. (Ihya)

Imam Sufyan Thowri (Rahmatullah Alayh) relates that such a severe drought came over Bani Israel once. So severe was it that because of lack of food the people picked up dead animals from the dirt-heaps to eat. It finally became so bad that people even began to eat human flesh. The people became so bewildered and troubled that for days and days they proceeded to the deserts and onto the mountains to pray for rain.

Then Allah spoke to the Prophets of that time through Revelation:
“Even f your tongues become dry from all the prayers you say (while calling on Me) and even though you lift up your hands in prayer till they reach the very heavens, I shall not show any Mercy to any of you who cry and wail so bitterly until you people discard all your unjust dealings and unfair treatment among yourselves.”

Similar stories are numerous in the books of history and Ahaadeeth.

Indeed, there are many Ahaadeeth which tell us that the attainment of success and prosperity in this world and in the Hereafter comes through the doing of deeds of righteousness. They also clearly indicate that the losses and blows suffered in this world and in the Hereafter is as a result of evil deeds committed. To quote all those Ahaadeeth is not possible for me and neither is it my objective.

What I want to show here is:

If the Rasul of Allah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) is indeed considered by us to be a truthful informer, what great injustice are we not doing to ourselves by knowingly allowing ourselves to be involved in those things which, according to him, most certainly cause our destruction? Why do we still adopt this line of action which causes ourselves great harm and misery? And yet our tongues still proclaim loudly that we are Muslims?

We are exactly like that sick man who suffers from diarrhoea. While his stomach continues to run because of open bowels, he still continues to take purgative medicines and laxatives. This further aggravates his illness. Now he complains that his stomach does not stop running. Let someone ask this foolish man: Dear brother, you treat your diarrhoea with purgatives. Tell me: Are these medicines supposed to stop the running stomach or to increase it?

Al-Etidaal Fe Maraatibur-Rijaal” by Sheikh-ul-Hadith, Hazrat Maulana Muhammad Zakariya Kandhalwi R.A, Page 84-87 - Published by Darul Uloom Zakariyya.) To be continued Insha-Allah.

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