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20 November 2018 CE | 11 Rabbi al-Awwal 1440 AH
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Hadith Explanation


On the Back of Every Fish


The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “It is written on the back of every fish and bullock that it will be the sustenance of such and such persons. As such, it is only unnecessary labour for a greedy person to be in search of his sustenance.” [Minhaaj ul-Abideen by Imaam Ghazali]

Man’s sustenance was allotted and distributed in the very beginning of the creation of the universe.

It is necessary for me to have complete faith in this Divine Dispensation and conviction that no alteration in it is possible.

After putting faith in the eternally original distribution of sustenance, it is a matter of disgrace in the world and loss in the Hereafter to search for sustenance desperately and fretfully.

I should work for a lawful income. The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “It is compulsory on every Muslim to seek lawful earnings.” [Ihya Ulum Id-Din by Imam Ghazali]

However, I must pay full attention to my prayers, not compromising on them or any other order of Allah’s (e.g. loyalty to Islam and Muslims, behaviour, speech, dress, or anything else) to make a living. Nobody can take away what is destined for me. And nobody can give me what is not written for me.

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