Monday, June 05, 2006

"Spend and I Shall Spend On You"

Al-Kareem, Ar Raheem
The Most Generous, The Most Merciful

by Ibrahim S.

Assalaamu Alaykum Wa Rahmatullaahi Wa Barakaatu Brothers and Sisters.

Surely all praise is for Allaah. We praise Him and seek His assistance. We seek His forgiveness and we seek refuge in Him from the evil of our own souls and from the wickedness of our deeds. Whomever He guides shall never go astray, and whomever He allows to stray shall never find guidance.

I bear witness that no one has the right to be worshipped but Allaah, alone, Who has no partner, and I bear witness that Muhammad is His slave and His Messenger. May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him and upon his family and his Companions and upon those who follow them in piety until the Day of Judgment. To Proceed;

I hope that this short lesson reaches all of you in the best of health and Emaan(Faith). I opened the book called Al-Hadith Al Qudsiyyah and within this book are Ahadeeth(plural for Hadeeth i.e. sayings of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) Qudsi which hold great virtue. This particular hadeeth that I will quote shows us the great Mercy which Allaah Subhanahu Wata’ala provides His creatures with. At the same time, there are lessons for ourselves to gain and that is to learn to be grateful for the great favors Allaah Subhanahu Wata’ala has bestowed upon all of us. In an authentic hadeeth collected by Imaam Bukhari it states,

Abu Harayra radia Allaahu anhu narrated from the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam that Allaah said:

O son of Adam, spend and I shall spend on you!

The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said:
Allaah’s Hand is full; spending does not diminish it. He bestows as generously as a rain cloud, both day and night. Then he said: Do you realize how much Allaah has spent since He created the Heaven and earth, when His Throne was on the water and His Hand held the Scale? The spending has not diminished what was in His Hand.
{Bukhari, Al-Hadith Al Qudsiyyah Chapter 15 pg.86 Hadeeth # 46:}

The wording that I would like to emphasize is when Allaah Subhanahu Wata’ala says,

“O son of Adam, spend and I shall spend on you!”

- Look at how generous Allaah is to His creation. “ O son of Adam spend,,” – Spend on what has been bestowed on you on yourself, your families, jihaad, the poor, the orphan, the building of Islamic schools, Masjids etc in a honorable manner. Then Allaah says “..and I shall spend on you!” – Glory be to Allaah! If you spend for the Sake of Allaah, He will spend on you. It will return to you multiplied for your own benefit. Look at Allaah’s Help and Support. He provides the Sustenance (rizq) for the person in the first place in order to spend on others while at the same time He is returning the reward to the spender.

Allaahu Akbar(Allaah is the Greatest)! just look at this phrase from the reverse to really see what I am trying to explain. Allaah says, “..and I shall spend on you!” ……then….. “ O son of Adam spend,,”………Allaah the Most Exalted has already spent on the spender by allowing the spender to spend in order for you to give to others with the plan of rewarding you for your effort. Is this not the work of One Who is The Most Gracious, The Most Merciful?? Doing good deeds will help all of us out in the long run if they are full of sincerity(Ikhlas) and done according to the Sunnah of Rasulullaah(sallallahi alayhi wa sallam)

Allaah Subhanahu Wata’ala says in Soorah(Chapter) Al-Jathiyah(The Kneeling) ayat(verse) 15,
“Whosoever does a good deed, it is for himself, and whosoever does evil, it is against (himself). Then your Lord you will be made to return.”
Ibn Kathir, May Allah have mercy upon him,( A leading Scholar in Qur’anic explanation i.e. Tafseer) says about this verse,

“meaning, you will all return to Allaah on the Day of Resurrection, when you and your actions will be displayed before Him. Then, He will recompense you for your deeds, good for good and evil for evil.”{Vol 9. pg. 24}

We know that we must strive our utmost to Please Allaah Subhanahu Wata’ala. He has given us hearing, vision, smell, taste, touch, intelligence, life; yet we are still ungrateful to Our Lord. Allaah Subhanahu Wata’ala says in Soorah(Chapter Al-Mulk(Dominion) verse 23,

“Say it is He Who has created you, and endowed you with hearing (ears) and seeing(eyes), and hearts. Little thanks you give."
Will we not remember the hadeeth collected by Imaam Bukhari which shows the dedication that we lack but was, and is a true example of love for Rabbil Alameen(Allaah) through the beautiful example of Our Beloved Nabi(Prophet), sallallahu alayhi wa sallam?

Narrated Al Mughira

The Prophet used to offer night prayers till his feet became swollen. Somebody said to him, "Allaah has forgiven you, your faults of the past and those to follow." On that, he said, "Shouldn't I be a thankful slave (of Allaah)?"{Sahih Bukhari Vol 6. 360}

Allaahu Akbar ! ( Allaah is the Greatest). Indeed Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is and will be the best worshipper to Allaah Subhanahu Wata’ala ever. I will conclude with a question for all of us to really ponder upon, and that is, are we trying our best to be grateful to Allaah Subhanahu Wata’ala after all He has done for us; after all He has planned for us!? Truly the comfort in the dark wombs of our mothers was not scheduled by us but by One Who is Most Kind, Most Merciful! Shouldn’t we be more thankful to our Rabb(Lord)?

Soorah 100 Adiyat(Those that Run)verse 6, Allaah Subhanahu Wata’ala says
“Truly Man is to his Lord ungrateful”

May Allaah Subhanahu Wata’ala forgive us all for our shortcomings and help us to be better, more thoughtful of the favors which He Subhanahu Wata’ala has bestowed upon us in order for us to attain success ameen!

Allaahuma maa asbaha bee min ni’matin aw bi-ahadin min khalqika faminka wahdaka laa shareeka laka, falakal-hamduwa lakash-shukru.

Oh Allaah, whatever blessing has been received by me or anyone of Your creation (1) is from You alone, You have no partner. All praise is for you and thanks is to you.(2))

Astagfirullaaha wa atoobu ilaihi.

I seek the forgiveness of Allaah and repent to Him(Recite one hundred times in Arabic during the day.)( 3)

Supplications taken from the Book Hisnul Muslim -Fortress of the Muslim

( 1.) When you say this in the evening, you should say: Allaahummamaa amsa bee…”Oh Allaah, as I….enter this evening…..”

(2.)”Whoever recites this in the morning, has completed his obligation to thank Allaah for that day; and whoever said it in the evening, has completed his obligation for that night,”{Abu Dawud 4/318, An-Nasa’i ‘Amal Al-Yawm wal-Lailah (no.8, Ibn As-Sunni (no.41), Ibn Hibban (no. 2361). Its chain of transmission is good (Hasan), Ibn Baz, p.24}

(3.) Al Bukhari, cf. Al-Asqalani, Fath Al-Bari 11/101, Muslim 4/2075

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