My dear jemaah blessed by Allah,
On this noble Friday let us strive together to heighten our takwa towards Allah s.w.t. Let us strengthen our resolve to heed all of Allah’s commands and avoid what Allah s.w.t. has prohibited upon us.
Friday jemaah blessed by Allah,
As a human being who believes in the existence and the authority of Allah, we should try to learn and understand the many beautiful names of Allah, so that our love for Allah will deepen and we will be closer to Allah s.w.t.
By learning the names of Allah, we will be more motivated and encouraged to learn more of Allah’s greatness. In fact, we are urged to call upon and make doa to Allah through His glorious and noble names. Allah s.w.t. says in surah Al-A’raaf verse 180:
Which means: “And to Allah belong the best names, so invoke Him by them.”
Thus, today I would like to call upon all of us to study and appreciate two of the noble names of Allah, which are Al-Qabidh (The Withholder) and Al-Basit (The One who Provides in Abundance).
My dear brothers,
The cost of living today is high, and we have to incur rather large expenses to raise our families. As Muslims, we are encouraged to put in effort and not to beg or depend on others for our survival. However, each of us is given different levels of sustenance or rizq. Thus, it is imperative for us to understand the source of rizq in Islam, to help us appreciate the fact that sustenance is from Allah s.w.t., and to understand the cause of why our rizq may be withheld.
At times, a person is given an abundance of wealth as a gift and a favour from Allah. However, a believer who fears Allah makes use of the abundance that Allah has blessed him with as a means to bring himself closer to Allah, and the wealth given is not used to distract him from his Creator. These are believers who comprehend that the wealth given to them is a test and a challenge for them, as mentioned in the Quran in surah Al-Anfal verse 28:
Which means: “And know that your properties and your children are but a trial and that Allah has with Him a great reward.”
Hence, we should not let ourselves fail this test from Allah. The wealth that Allah has showered upon us is merely temporary. Why should we waste our time and energy for temporary happiness in this world, and forsake eternal bliss in the hereafter?
Wouldn’t it be better for us to use our rizq as a means of investment for our position in the hereafter? Thus, we contribute and donate the abundance that Allah has given us, whether it is in the form of wealth or our energy and time, to benefit the community? InshaAllah, these are among the deeds that will be our supply when we are questioned by Allah at the field of Mahsyar in the hereafter.
Dear Friday jemaah,
Just as there are those among us who are tested with wealth, there are also those among us who are tested with poverty. Allah provides to anyone whom He wishes, and some of His servants are tested with hardship, that they have to bear difficulties and a heavy burden just to survive in this world. But remember my brothers, the amount of hardship will be compensated with great rewards from Allah, if we are patient and grateful for whatever favours Allah has bestowed upon us. Remember what Allah says in Surah Ibrahim verse 7:
Which means: ” And [remember] when your Lord proclaimed, ‘If you are grateful, I will surely increase you [in favour]; but if you deny, indeed, My punishment is severe.”
Hence, if our rizq is being withheld, do not give up and continue to consistently make doa to Allah. Indeed, Allah is All Hearing and He knows better what is in our hearts. At the same time, take this opportunity to reflect upon ourselves. What could be the reasons for our lack of rizq? Could it be that we are too spendthrift and are used to indulging in a frivolous spending habit, that we end up with no savings at all?
Sometimes, the reason why our providence is held back is because of our own shortcomings. Rasulullah s.a.w. told us that indeed a man’s rizq was withheld because of the sins that he committed. [Hadith narrated by Ibn Majah]
The rizq that Allah blesses us with is linked to our relationship with Allah. At times, it is a nikmat or blessing, and at times it is a test from Allah. But certainly, our providence whether it is in abundance or is held back from us, has been decreed by Allah s.w.t., and we as His humble servants must put our trust in Allah that what He has decreed for us is best for us. Remember that patience and gratitude are the keys to gaining Allah’s pleasure.
The Prophet s.a.w. said, which means: ” Wondrous are the believer’s affairs. For him there is good in all his affairs, and this is so only for the believer. When something that pleases him happens, he is grateful, and that is good for him; and when something displeasing happens to him, he is enduring (sabar), and that is good for him.” [Hadith narrated by Imam Muslim]
May Allah bless us with rizq that is blessed and halal which will bring us and our families closer to attaining Allah’s pleasure. Amin Ya Rabbal Alamin.
Majlis Ugama Islam Singapura
Friday Sermon, 7 February 2014 / 7 Rabiulakhir 1435