Dear Islamic brothers! Make up your mind to accept that whatever Allah wills, it happens. If a black cat crosses our path or an owl hoots on our roof, we will not suffer any loss. There are many people before whom a black cat does not pass, even then they suffer loss. So there is no evil influence in a black cat. In Surah At-Taubah, Allah Almighty has stated to Muslims:
لَّنْ یُّصِیْبَنَاۤ اِلَّا مَا كَتَبَ اللّٰهُ لَنَاۚ-هُوَ مَوْلٰىنَاۚ-وَ عَلَى اللّٰهِ فَلْیَتَوَكَّلِ الْمُؤْمِنُوْنَ
Nothing shall befall us except what Allah has destined for us; He is our Master, and the Muslims should rely only upon Allah.
[Kanz-ul-Iman (translation of Quran)] (Part 10, Surah At-Taubah, Ayah 51)
In Tafseer Kabeer, Imam Fakhruddin Raazi رَحْمَةُ اللّٰەِ عَلَيْه has stated: This blessed verse means, we will not have any goodness and suffer any harm, feel any fear and have any hope, have any severity and strictness, but will have only what is in our destiny and [it is] written in Lawh-e-Mahfuz. (Tafseer Kabeer, part 10, At-Taubah, Taht-al-Ayah: 51, vol. 6, pp. 66)
Sustenance and troubles have been written
The Beloved Rasool صَلَّى اللّٰەُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم has said: Allah Almighty has created every living being and has written its life, sustenance and troubles. (Tirmizi, vol. 4, pp. 57, Hadees 2150)
Therefore being a Muslim we should have firm belief in it that whether it is sorrow or joy, relief or suffering, all are from Allah Almighty and the difficulties, troubles, hardship and diseases which have not been written in our destiny cannot reach us.
Cannot do harm
The Beloved Rasool صَلَّى اللّٰەُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم said to Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah Bin ‘Abbas رَضِىَ اللّٰەُ عَنْهُمَا: Believe that if the whole Ummah agrees on it that you should be benefited, they cannot bring any benefit to you, but [benefit of] the thing that Allah Almighty has written for you and if all agree on it that they should do some harm to you, they cannot harm you at all but from the thing which Allah has written. (Tirmizi, vol. 4, pp. 231, Hadees 2524)
The points which are obtained from the explanation which Mufti Ahmad Yar Khan رَحْمَةُ اللّٰەِ عَلَيْه has made regarding this blessed Hadees are presented below:
1 The entire world together cannot benefit you. If it benefits you something, so it will be that which has been written in your destiny. From this, it has become obvious that the world can benefit a person, the medicine of a doctor can benefit a person and the venom of a snake can kill a person if Allah Almighty has written it in your destiny. The Qamees of Sayyiduna Yusuf عَلَيْهِ السَّلَام cured the eyes of Sayyiduna Ya’qoob عَلَيْهِ السَّلَام, Sayyiduna ‘Isa عَلَيْهِ السَّلَام would raise the dead and cure the sick with the permission from Allah Almighty.
2 To write means to write in Lawh-e-Mahfuz. Though Pen wrote it, but as it was by the command of Allah Almighty it has been said that Allah Almighty has written it. The meaning is very clear that if the entire world together harms you, it will happen according to a fixed program as it had been written in Lawh-e-Mahfuz in the same way.
3 Remember Tadbeer (plan) has also been included in destiny, so do not be heedless of Tadbeer, and do not trust it. Have hopes to Allah’s power and mercy. (Mirat-ul-Manajih, vol. 7, pp. 117, 118)
Dear Islamic brothers! Make repentance in order to make yourself fear Allah Almighty, attain steadfastness in patience and protect yourself from taking a wrong step when you run into trouble, and by doing this, make up your mind that whatever trouble we have, it is because of our own misdeeds not because of anyone’s evil influence. In Ayah 30 of Surah Ash-Shura, part 25, Allah Almighty has stated:
وَ مَاۤ اَصَابَكُمْ مِّنْ مُّصِیْبَةٍ فَبِمَا كَسَبَتْ اَیْدِیْكُمْ وَ یَعْفُوْا عَنْ كَثِیْرٍؕ
And whatever calamity befell you; that is because of what your hands have earned, and He pardons much.
[Kanz-ul-Iman (translation of Quran)] (Part 25, Surah Ash-Shura, Ayah 30)
Regarding this blessed verse, ‘Allamah Maulana Sayyid Muhammad Na’eemuddin Muradabadi رَحْمَةُ اللّٰەِ عَلَيْه has mentioned: It has been addressed to Mukallafeen believers from whom sins get committed. It means the troubles and problems believers face in the world are very often because of their sins. Allah Almighty makes these sufferings the atonement of their sins and sometimes the trouble which comes to a believer is for the elevation of his ranks. (Tafseer Khazain-ul-‘Irfan, part 25, Ash-Shura, Taht-al-Ayah: 30, pp. 895)
Sometimes it also happens that the trouble that comes to us is the punishment for our sins. The Beloved Rasool صَلَّى اللّٰەُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم has said: ‘اِذَا اَرَادَ اللّٰەُ عَزَّوَجَلَّ بِعَبْدٍ خَیْرًا عَجَّلَ لَەٗ عُقُوْبَةَ ذَنْبِەٖ’ i.e. When Allah Almighty intends to do goodness to any bondman, He عَزَّوَجَلَّ punishes him immediately for his sins [in the world]. (Musnad Imam Ahmad, vol. 5, pp. 630, Hadees 16806)
Punishment for disobeying parents is immediately inflicted
The Beloved Rasool صَلَّى اللّٰەُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم has said: The punishment for the sin amongst all sins Allah Almighty wills to delay, He عَزَّوَجَلَّ delays it until the Judgement Day except the disobedience to parents, as Allah Almighty inflicts the punishment for it in the life before death. (Shu’ab-ul-Iman, vol. 6, pp. 197, Hadees 7889)
Worldly punishment for not offering Salah
The Beloved Rasool صَلَّى اللّٰەُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم has said: The one who missed Salah has reduced his family and wealth. (Kanz-ul-‘Ummal, vol. 4, pp. 132, Hadees 19085)
A reason for poverty
In Faizan-e-Sunnat, volume one, chapter ‘Islamic Manners of Eating’, Ameer-e-Ahl-e-Sunnat ‘Allamah Muhammad Ilyas Attar Qaadiri دَامَتْ بَرَكَاتُـهُمُ الْعَالِيَـه has mentioned 44 causes of poverty. One of them is to become lazy for Salah. (Faizan-e-Sunnat (Urdu), vol. 1, pp. 266)
Worldly punishment for taking false oath
Those who sell their goods by swearing a false oath do not have blessings in their livelihood. The Beloved Rasool صَلَّى اللّٰەُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم has said: By false oath, goods are sold but the blessing is removed. (Kanz-ul-‘Ummal, vol. 8, pp. 297, Hadees 46376) At another place, he صَلَّى اللّٰەُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم has said: Oath makes goods sell and removes blessing. (Sahih Bukhari, vol. 2, pp. 15, Hadees 2087)
A reason why homes are being ruined
Reason for household discords and quarrels is also to swear false oaths due to which many happy homes are ruined. A’la Hadrat رَحْمَةُ اللّٰەِ عَلَيْه has said: False oath ruins homes. (Fatawa Razawiyyah, vol. 6, pp. 602)
Curse of dishonesty in weighing and measuring
Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah Bin ‘Abbas رَضِىَ اللّٰەُ عَنْهُمَا has said: When a nation starts becoming dishonest in weighing and measuring, sustenance is stopped from them. (Muwatta Imam Maalik, vol. 2, pp. 19, Hadees 1020)
Mufti Ahmad Yar Khan رَحْمَةُ اللّٰەِ عَلَيْه has said: By the evil influence of dishonesty in weighing and measuring, blessing is removed or the wealth that is earned by means of it is destroyed by any reason. (Mirat-ul-Manajih, vol. 7, pp. 175, summarised)
Evil influence of interest
The Beloved Rasool صَلَّى اللّٰەُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم has said: With interest [apparently] wealth increases, but its consequence is that wealth will decrease. (Musnad Imam Ahmad, vol. 2, pp. 50, Hadees 3754)
Regarding this blessed Hadees, ‘Allamah ‘Abdur Rauf Munaawi رَحْمَةُ اللّٰەِ عَلَيْه has said: Due to interest wealth increases very fast, but interest opens the doors to destruction for wealth which results in its continuous decrease and ultimately it finishes. (Fayd-ul-Qadeer, vol. 4, pp. 66, Taht-al-Hadees: 4505)
May Allah Almighty enable us to be pleased with His will, avoid having bad omen and stay safe from the real causes of evil influence and sins!
اٰمِيۡن بِجَاهِ النَّبِيِّ الۡاَمِيۡن صَلَّى اللّٰهُ عَلَيۡهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم
Note: Read ‘Bad-Shugooni’, a 128-page book published by Maktaba-tul-Madinah in order to know about the details of ‘bad omen’.