Sustenance searches for us

The last Nabi of Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ, Sayyiduna Muhammad صَلَّى اللهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم has stated:اِنَّ الرِّزْقَ لَیَطْلُبُ الْعَبْدَ کَمَا یَطْلُبُہٗ اَجَلُہ’ translation: Sustenance searches for a person like a person’s death searches for him. (Musnad-ul-Bazzaar, vol. 10, pp. 37, Hadees 4099)

Difference between the searches carried out by the sustenance and death

Explaining the abovementioned blessed Hadees, Sayyiduna ‘Allamah ‘Ali Qaari رَحْمَةُ اللهِ تَعَالٰی عَلَيْه has stated: Search carried out by sustenance is stronger than the search carried out by death because death comes after a person has consumed all his sustenance but sustenance keeps coming all the time. Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ has stated: He is Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ Who has created you and then provided you with sustenance; He will then cause you to die and then will raise you up. (In another narration, it is stated:) Even if a person runs away from sustenance like [he runs away from] death, he still will definitely get sustenance, as the death also definitely comes. (Mirqat-ul-Mafatih, vol. 9, pp. 173, Taht-al-Hadees 5312)

Adopt moderation

In At-Tayseer, Sharh [commentary] of Jami’-us-Sagheer, ‘Allamah ‘Abdur Ra’oof Manaawi رَحْمَةُ اللهِ تَعَالٰی عَلَيْه has stated: The consequence of continuing to make efforts (all the time) for obtaining sustenance and continuing to try to get it in excess is nothing else than the hearts becoming heedless of the remembrance of Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ. Therefore, fear Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ and adopt moderation in obtaining sustenance. (At-Tayseer Sharh Jami’-us-Sagheer, vol. 1, pp. 285)

Searching for death is forbidden

Hakeem-ul-Ummat, Mufti Ahmad Yar Khan رَحْمَةُ اللهِ تَعَالٰی عَلَيْه has stated: It means that your death will definitely come irrespective of whether you search for it or not. Likewise, you will definitely get sustenance whether you search for it or not. However, searching for sustenance is Sunnah whereas searching for death is not allowed, but both are certain. The brothers of Sayyiduna Yusuf عَـلٰى نَبِـيِّـنَا وَ عَـلَيْـهِ الـصَّلٰوة ُ وَالـسَّلَام went to Egypt in search of sustenance and found Sayyiduna Yusuf who had gone missing. (Mirat-ul-Manajih, vol. 7, pp. 126)

One reason for financial problems and lack of sustenance

Generally, a person remains so busy searching for sustenance that he becomes completely heedless of preparing himself for the death and afterlife. He is driven by the greed for earning wealth to such extent that he remains busy accumulating wealth without bothering about Halal or Haraam sources. It seems as if he forgets his Creator, Owner and the Provider of sustenance. This is perhaps the reason for the financial problems apparent to everyone that despite making such great efforts, almost everyone is found today complaining about inflation, illness, low income and lack of sustenance. If Muslims had taken the Divine commandments also into account along with making efforts for obtaining sustenance, their situation would be quite different today. Learn a lesson by reading the following Hadees:

Worry about Dunya [this world] results in neediness

The Beloved Rasool صَلَّى اللهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم has stated: Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ makes the heart Ghani of that person [i.e. make him big hearted] who has worry about the Hereafter, [Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ] gathers his dispersed affairs and the world comes to him being contemptible; and Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ brings neediness in front of the both eyes of the one who has worry about Dunya, [Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ] disperses his  gathered affairs and he only gets that amount (of wealth) from Dunya which is only destined for him. (Sunan-ut-Tirmizi, vol. 4, pp. 211, Hadees 2473)

Dear Islamic brothers! Remember! “What is written in our destiny will follow us and what is not in our destiny, we will lose it even after acquiring it!”




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