Loss of Blessings
Umm Milad Attariyyah
The blessings, comforts, and conveniences we enjoy have little to do with our own achievements and everything to do with Allah’s boundless generosity. If we are grateful to Allah Almighty for the blessings we receive, not only will there be longevity in our blessings, but Allah Almighty will also increase His bounty on us, as per His promise in the Quran. However, it is important to keep in mind that there are some things that cause us to be deprived of blessings. Some are listed below.
Being unappreciative of the blessings you receive earns the displeasure of Allah Almighty. Ungratefulness is severely disliked by Allah Almighty. The Quran declares:
وَ اشْكُرُوْا لِیْ وَ لَا تَكْفُرُوْنِ۠(۱۵۲)
“Acknowledge My right, and do not be ungrateful.”
Gratitude increases your blessings while ingratitude decreases them. We must be grateful in all states, whether it relates to our clothing, home, food and drink, daily affairs or matters relating to our husbands. This will ensure that Allah Almighty is not displeased with us, and we are not deprived of His blessings.
2. Being Oppressive
The oppressors are disliked by Allah Almighty. People can be afflicted by many calamities and lose their blessings because of the evil of oppression. Just as Sayyidunā Abū Bakr al-Warrāq رَحْمَةُ الـلّٰـهِ عَـلَيْـه said: “Being unjust to people often becomes a cause of losing Iman.”
3. Pride and Arrogance
Pride and arrogance also diminish blessings. Sayyidunā Salama ibn al-Akwaʿ رَضِىَ الـلّٰـهُ عَـنْهُ related that when the beloved Prophet صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم saw a man eating with his left hand, he remarked, “Eat with your right hand.” Out of pride, the man replied that he was unable to eat with his right hand. So, the Prophet صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم said, “May Allah make it so.” After this, he was truly unable to raise his right hand to his mouth.
Continuously sinning, not fearing Allah Almighty, not repenting and disobeying Him can also result in losing blessings and earning His displeasure. The Israelites were punished when they disdained the heavenly food that was sent down for them. Whatever food they had gathered for the next day was burnt and no sustenance descended for them anymore. This is why the beloved Prophet صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم stated, “If it were not for the Israelites, food would never spoil nor would meat rot.” The spoiling of food and rotting of meat started from that day. Thus, we come to know that that the evil of disobedience causes blessings to be taken away.
May Allah Almighty grant us the ability to avoid all things that cause a deprivation of blessings.
اٰمِیْن بِجَاہِ النَّبِیِّ الْاَمِیْن صَلَّی اللہ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلہٖ وَسَلَّم