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16 June 2019 CE | 13 Shawwal 1440 AH
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Hadith Explanation

You Were Like Spit

One day the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) spat on his palm, then putting his finger in it said: “Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) says, ‘O son of Adam! How can you run away from Me, when I created you from something like spit (semen). Then when I completed My creation of you and molded you appropriately, you started walking around in two sheets in such a way that your strut caused the earth to begin to shake. Then you gathered wealth and hoarded it and when your soul reached your collar bone then you began to say, ‘Let me give in charity,’ though the time for giving in charity had passed.’” [Musnad Ahmed]

When Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) created His servant, the man’s condition was such that he understood nothing and could do nothing. He did not bring anything with him of which he was owner, nor could he give anything to anyone, nor could he prevent anybody from doing anything. He could neither benefit nor harm anyone. In this condition his complete dependence on a perfectly powerful entity was obvious, which everybody could witness. For a baby to be dependent in this way is true for every human being that is born. He always remains dependent on the One who created him. It does not happen that once he moves on to a different condition where he can begin to feed himself and earn, he is no longer dependent on his Creator.

Allah (subhana wa ta’ala), man’s Creator, bestows His blessings upon him, perfects His creation, dresses him in fine clothes, favours him with the abilities to think, understand and see, gives him knowledge, and gives strength to his arms and legs, till he begins to have other people like him work for him. He makes animals subservient to his command, and he begins to dig canals in the land. He begins to plant orchards and cleaving the ground he lays the foundations for tall buildings. He begins to contemplate and work out his problems, and he implements procedures to protect himself from the harmful creatures of the earth. He achieves all this with the permission and help of Allah (subhana wa ta’ala).

But what happens is that this poor creature begins to think that he has a share in the ownership of these things and he begins to think of himself as king along with Allah, even though he was well acquainted with his prior condition. He forgets his previous helplessness, poverty, need and dependence, as though he were never a beggar and totally dependent on Allah, as though it were someone other than him who depended on Allah to be born without defect, to be clothed, fed, and established on earth.

Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) is “Al-Ghani.” He is rich and you are poor. Whatever you have, is from Him. He does not depend on you, you depend on Him to satisfy your smallest needs. Don’t forget that. Don’t be proud, don’t hoard your blessings, and give charity generously in gratitude to Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) well before your death approaches and your charity becomes meaningless.

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