The Provider & the Provided for

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

The following is extracted and adapted from Pearls from the Divine Flood, selected discourses of Shaykh Ibrahim Niyas (q.s.).

As recorded in the Musnad of Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal (r.a.), The Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.) said, “Surely I know an ayah which, if people would have followed, would have sufficed for them concerning everything:

And for those who fear Allah, He (Ever) Prepares a way out.  And He Provides for him from (sources) he never could imagine.  And if anyone puts his trust in Allah, sufficient is (Allah) for him.  For Allah Will surely Accomplish His Purpose: verily, for all things has Allah Appointed a due proportion. (Surah ath-Thalaq:2-3)”

An old man came to Mawlana Jalal ad-Din ar-Rumi (q.s.).  Overcome with sorrow he had unbuttoned his shirt, was clawing at and pounding on his chest and wailing.  He came down on his knees and holding onto the sleeves of Mawlana ar-Rumi’s (q.s.) coat said, “I had a poor little child, only seven.  They kidnapped him!  I have become weak searching for him!”

Mawlana ar-Rumi (q.s.) counseled him with, “How strange!  All beings have lost Allah (s.w.t.) yet they do not search for Him, nor demand from anyone to help them find Him.  They neither pound their chests nor tear at their hair.  Such an old man as you destroys himself in the longing for a child.  Why do you not seek Allah and ask for His Help, so that you can find your Yusuf like Ya’qub?”

The old man buttoned his shirt and repented.  Soon he was given the good news that his son had been found.  Allah (s.w.t.) is the One who Bestowed the child.  Above one’s love and search for a child, Allah (s.w.t.) must be sought and loved.

Shaykh Ibrahim Niyas (q.s.) said, “First, I prayed for Allah to Give us abundant wealth, but I later realised that it does not last.  Then I asked for Mercy but realised it also does not last.  I concluded that if a person would remain free of wants and needs, he should ask only for the Dzat, for Allah Himself!”

May Allah (s.w.t.) give us Allah (s.w.t.).  Anything that He Gives us other than Himself will come to pass, and as His khalifah, we are bound to always be in need of Him.  Whatever an individual asks of his Lord may indeed be a necessity at the moment of asking, but Allah’s (s.w.t.) Providing it does not prevent one from needing it again.  The only thing that can truly satisfy the servant of Allah (s.w.t.) is Allah (s.w.t.) Himself.


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