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Be Pleased with What Allah Has Given

Shaykh Nour Kabbani

3 October 2015 Rochester, New York

Fajr Suhbah at Somali Mosque

A`oodhu billahi min ash-Shaytani ‘r-rajeem. Bismillahi 'r-Rahmani 'r-Raheem. Dastoor yaa Sayyidee, madad.

I would like to mention something I heard from Imam Sha`rawi (q), a Hadith Qudsi, which means Allah (swt) is talking to us through the Prophet (s). SubhaanAllah, if we follow it we’re okay, we don’t have to know anything else as everything we need is contained in that one hadith. Allah (swt) said to Prophet (s):

يا ابن آدم ! لا تخافن من ذي سلطان ما دام سلطاني باقيا ، وسلطاني لا ينفد أبدا لا تخش من ضيق الرزق وخزائني ملآنة ، وخزائني لا تنفد أبدا يا ابن آدم ! لا تطلب غيري وأنا لك ؛ فإن طلبتني وجدتني وإن فتني فتك وفاتك الخير كله خلقتك للعبادة فلا تلعب وقسمت لك رزقك فلا تتعب فإن رضيت بما قسمته لك أرحت قلبك وبدنك وكنت عندي محمودا وإن لم ترض بما قسمته لك فوعزتي وجلالي لأسلطن عليك الدنيا تركض فيها ركض الوحوش في البرية ثم لا يكون لك منها إلا ما قسمته لك ، وكنت عندي مذموما يا ابن آدم ! إنه لم أنس من عصاني ؛ فكيف من أطاعني وأنا رب رحيم وعلى كل شيء قدير يا ابن آدم ! لا تسألني رزق غد كما لم أطالبك بعمل غد يا ابن آدم ! أنا لك محب فبحقي عليك كن لي محبا

O son of Adam! Do not be afraid of any power or sovereignty as long as My Sovereignty remains, and My sovereignty never ceases! O son of Adam! Don't fear restricted sustenance as long as My storehouses are full, and My storehouse are never empty. O son of Adam! Don’t ask for anyone but Me; if you ask for Me you will find Me, and if you miss Me you will miss all the goodness! O son of Adam! I created you to worship Me, so don't play. I have already set your share of substance in this world, so don't make yourselves tired. I swear by My Glory and Might, if you are pleased with what I have allocated for you, I will bring comfort to your heart and body and you will praised by Me; on the other hand, if you are not content with what I have allocated for you, I swear with My Glory and Might that I will set the world loose on you in which you will run just like animals run in the wild and you will still not get more than what I originally allocated for you. O son of Adam! Don't ask me for tomorrow's sustenance, just as I have not asked you for tomorrow's deeds. O son of Adam! I love you, so by My right over you, love Me! (Hadith Qudsi)

Allah (swt) addressed us, His Creation, “O Son of Adam! Don’t be be afraid of someone who is in power as long as My Power is continuing, and My Power never ends!” Everyone’s power ends, no one continues to be powerful, whether they are a government, an agency, an organization, or physically powerful. He said, “Don’t be afraid if your rizq, your provision, is strained, is little.” We see some people Allah (swt) has blessed with wealth and they either spend it or keep it, that is their test. But for some people, Allah (swt) has given a little bit, and sometimes even that little bit becomes less. So He said, “Don’t be afraid from the littleness of rizq I give you, and, “My Treasure will never end, it is full!”

Allah (swt)’s Treasures are full! So, if we are receiving little rizq, don’t be upset or sad, but remember that Allah (swt)’s Treasury of provision is full and never ends. Then He said, “Don’t ask for anyone but Me; if you ask for Me, you will find Me.” In another Hadith Qudsi, He says, “When My Servant comes to me closer, I come to him even closer,” with all the measurements that are in that Hadith:

‏ يَقُولُ اللَّهُ عَزَّ وَجَلَّ مَنْ جَاءَ بِالْحَسَنَةِ فَلَهُ عَشْرُ أَمْثَالِهَا وَأَزِيدُ وَمَنْ جَاءَ بِالسَّيِّئَةِ فَجَزَاؤُهُ سَيِّئَةٌ مِثْلُهَا أَوْ أَغْفِرُ وَمَنْ تَقَرَّبَ مِنِّي شِبْرًا تَقَرَّبْتُ مِنْهُ ذِرَاعًا وَمَنْ تَقَرَّبَ مِنِّي ذِرَاعًا تَقَرَّبْتُ مِنْهُ بَاعًا وَمَنْ أَتَانِي يَمْشِي أَتَيْتُهُ هَرْوَلَةً وَمَنْ لَقِيَنِي بِقُرَابِ الأَرْضِ خَطِيئَةً لاَ يُشْرِكُ بِي شَيْئًا لَقِيتُهُ بِمِثْلِهَا مَغْفِرَةً ‏

He who comes with a good deed, its reward will be ten like that or even more. And he who comes with vice, his reward will be only one like that, or I can forgive him. He who draws close to Me a hand's span, I will draw close to him an arm's length. And whoever draws near Me an arm's length, I will draw near him a fathom's length. And whoever comes to Me walking, I will go to him running. And whoever faces Me with sins nearly as great as the earth, I will meet him with forgiveness nearly as great as that, provided he does not worship something with me.

(Sahih Muslim, sahih; Ibn Majah, Ahmad in his Musnad)

So Allah (swt) is saying, “When you ask for Me you will find Me and if you miss Me, you will miss all the goodness! Yaa Bani Adam, O son of Adam, I created you for worship so don’t play around!” Nowadays, it’s all fun and games, so Allah (swt) reminds us, “I created you for worship, don’t play! Know what you have to do. I have already guaranteed your food, drink, water, air, home and wealth, so don’t get tired, don’t worry too much, but work, because if you accept what I give you, I will make your mind, heart and body rest, to be comfortable. You won’t be worried, concerned, or tired. And then you will become praised in My Presence as My Servant. But if you don’t become pleased with what I have given you….”

If someone isn’t content with what Allah gave them, some people work 24 hours a day because they are chasing the money, they want more! So He is swearing by His Majesty and Greatness, “If you don’t accept what I have given you, I will make you run after dunya like animals!” If you ask for dunya, you will chase it, running in the streets like the bulls in Pamplona, Spain, stepping on others just to promoted and make more money. “And still you will not get out of dunya except what I have given you.” Allah (swt) has already allocated the rizq, it’s not going to change. We cannot change the qada, decree by our effort! He already said, “Nahnu qasamnaa, We portioned!” But when we are not happy with Allah (swt), we become very tired, we run in dunya, and still don’t get except what Allah has given us, and on top of that, “You become in My Presence someone that is not praised,” lowly, abased, of no value.

“I created you to worship Me. I have not forgotten the one who disobeys Me, so how about the one who obeys Me? I am a Merciful Lord, able to do everything! O Son of Adam! Don’t ask Me for provisions of tomorrow because I have not asked you for your worship tomorrow! Be happy with what you have now.”

We ask for provision so far in advance, when we retire, we put money in an IRA and 401K (retirement savings). How do you know you will live for 80, 90 or 100 years? Who are we to plan retirement? Allah (swt) said, “Don’t ask for the rizq of tomorrow, because you might not be here tomorrow! I did not ask you for the `amal of tomorrow. O Son of Adam, I created you because I love you and by My Right on you as your Lord, also love Me!”

That’s why Ar-Rahman ar-Raheem created us: rahmah, mercy, comes from love! That’s why the Prophet (s) is Habeebullah, no one else: Sayyidina Ibrahim (a) is Khaleelullah; Sayyidina Musa (a) is Kareemullah; Sayyidina `Isa (a) is Roohullah; Sayyidina Adam (a) is Safeeullah; Sayyidina Nuh (a) is Najeeullah; but, only Sayyidina Muhammad (s) is Habeebullah! Allah (swt) says, “I love you and created you, but I want you to love Me!” So, inshaa-Allah we love Him and nothing but Him, and all that love of dunya comes out of our bodies, hearts, and minds. Inshaa-Allah we stay on the Right Path as taught by the Prophet (s) through all his Hadith, which is a route to Allah’s Way, so let’s keep this inshaa-Allah.

We love our Lord very much and we ask, “O our Lord, make us pleased with what You have given us, so we become praised in Your Presence.”

Bi hurmati 'l-habeeb, bi hurmati 'l-Fatihah.


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