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25 September 2017 CE | 04 Muharram 1439 AH
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Hadith Explanation


Worship Provides For World


The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “Allah says, ‘O son of Adam, devote yourself to My worship, and I will fill your heart with contentment and take care of your poverty; but if you do not do that, then I will fill your heart with worldly concerns and will not take care of your poverty.’” [Sunan Ibn Majah]

Each person is born helpless and penniless. It is Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) Who arranges for him/her to be fed, clothed, and taken care of. Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) puts the love of that child in the hearts of its parents. If those feelings are missing from the hearts of its parents, the newborn is incapable of doing anything about it.

In the same way that Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) took care of us when we were born, He Alone is responsible for all the good that comes to us throughout life. He (subhana wa ta’ala) only channels it through sources that have human form.

This hadith reminds us that Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) Alone suffices for everybody. We should not be negligent in what He has commanded us to do and He will not be negligent towards us. Worship is total surrender and complete obedience to all commands. If we fail to worship Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) as is His right to be worshipped, then we should not be surprised if He leaves us to fend for ourselves and afflicts us with consuming worldly concerns.

So, to be free of worldly wants, we must focus on the obligations Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) has charged us with.

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