We often take things for granted.
Allah states in Quran, people would rejoice when they are blessed with things they love and they will complain when they are afflicted with pain or not given minor blessings.
Isn’t it true? Let’s think about it one by one…
If you analyze yourself first, ponder upon how we carry out our daily tasks, how our muscles work in accordance to the way we synchronise them with our chores, or how we utilize just mere sense of smell, sight, taste etc, think of how we munch the food and never care about how it is swallowed , digested and absorbed ?
See how our heart beats on its own- nonstop- without letting you know, since the fifth week while you were in your mommy’s tummy till the day you die? It creates its own impulses, pumps blood so forcefully to reach the extremities of your body you only realise it when you run a mile or get angry at someone maybe…
Just check the miracles of nervous system how we integrate our thinking process, how we sharply assess surroundings, maintain our balances while we walk, how we feel the intensity of pressure, touch, pain etc and how the nerves intermingle the signals so frequently and quickly in speed of light so you get these senses accurately.
Ever realised how our huge network of arteries are laid in layers still they never get tangled?
People also underestimate the concept of Rizq in Islam. Is it just restrained to the food we have been given? Lets see what the word Rizq could broadly comprise of…
In Arabic transliteration, the word “Rizq” has been derived from the root words, “ر-ز-ق” which literary means “provision, livelihood, earnings, means of living, subsistence, income, wealth, bounty of Allah.
It was Allah, Ar-Raziq, who ordered the pen to write provision for the creation, fifty thousand years before the creation of the heavens and the earth. “Allah wrote down the Rizq of the creation 50,000 years before He created the heavens and the earth.” [Sahih Muslim, 2156]
Even if you’re eating once a day half a tummy, you’re way better and much blessed than half of the world’s population today.
If you are given a comfy, cozy warm bed… its a blessing.
If you have relations (parents, next to kin, spouse, etc) who care for you, who are equally passionate about your dreams, who are there in your thick and thin… its a blessing.
If your have a upper giving hand rather than in a state of begging… its a blessing.
If you are able to move, blink, grin, use all your senses to a good extent, and even breath on your own.. its a blessing.
These were just a few of thousands of examples I stated. The things we take for granted are so around us! They all come under the heading of Rizq, a blessing we consider so minimal.
Providence of rizq is a promise Allah SWT has kept to Himself. He assures us:
I’ll take a bit more of time, if you are a student of Arabic grammar or have any know-how then observe how Allah added the letter ‘Laam’ before the word ‘Haqq’ (truth) in the above mentioned ayah from Surah Adh Dhariyat. In Arabic, if the letter ‘Laam’ appears before a word, it refers to certainty, assurance and assertiveness. So, it is for surety that Rizq is from the skies.
What we have to do?
1. Thank Allah SWT: for every second of life you are living as a person. He has given you an opportunity to sit back and realise your value as a human, having superiority over all of His creations. Aren’t you worth it?
“Alhamdulilah alaa kulle haal”
– All praise to Allah SWT in every situation.
2. Strive Hard: the key to successfully accomplish your dreams? Keep trying and getting up everytime you fall down… and each time learn new lessons.
3. Spend wisely: this doesn’t mean you don’t spend at all on your spouse, kids or for yourself. Keep a balance and set priorities.
4. Never underestimate the blessings of others: precisely, don’t get jealous. What you have been provided was destined for you. What others got, is what they deserved for their account of Rizq in this world. You never had a share in it either way….
5. Key to increase Rizq? Be very, very conscious of keeping record of your prayers on time. Value the time you have with Allah SWT, He is Ar. Razzaq after all! Also, do Astaghfaar as much as possible, the major way to multiply rizq abundantly.
6. Never complain of your problems EXCEPT to Allah SWT: fact, no? People take advantages of your weary feelings and hardly anyone responds sincerely. Make Allah SWT your best friend, even if you have to cry, demand, argue, crave for something – ask Him away! He loves you more than your mum, doesn’t He?
There, I’ve said alot, yet much remains!
I could go on and on and on…..