Too many in our community use qadr as an excuse for everything without exhausting their efforts or even trying.
I was a victim of this Mindset for 12 years and my life was miserable, I blamed God for everything and never took any ownership and responsibility. Qadr is the best 'get out' clause for Muslims.
Read how I overcame that and went from broke to a 6 figure online business in 12 months, transforming my life and health
Listening to lectures like the one above when I was younger (until the age of 32) left me broke and bitter, with serious issues of entitlement. I didn’t put in the level of work and commitment required for the level of success I wanted.
As soon I would start to see some progress I'd self sabotage out of guilt of chasing the dunya.
I wanted better for myself and for my family and I thought sitting in the masjid and going taligh jamat was going to get me there, it didn’t.
Because that’s not how the laws of Allah, the laws of nature work. Despite what some preachers tell you.
Then you start to rationalise your dire situation.
'Perhaps, this is the amount of rizq Allah had written for me.'
You feel stressed because you can’t pay your bills but instead of trying to take control of the situation and working to change it you’re told to be content and have sabr.
Your kids need new school uniforms, but you struggle to provide them, your wife nags that things need fixing or updating around the house, and you tell her she lacks sabr, instead of fixing your poor work ethic.
And things quickly become toxic.
Each time my situation didn’t improve it confirmed to me that success just wasn't for me it wasn't written for me.
It's taken me years to come out of that negative mindset and being surrounded by those types of people. And my situation dramatically improved.
I hope this post saves you those years
Seek the life to come by means of what God has granted you, but do not neglect your rightful share in this world. Do good to others as God has done good to you. Do not seek to spread corruption in the land, for God does not love those who do this. Qur'an 28:77
Don't shun the dunya, use it to cement your akhira. It's a stepping stone.
The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) himself, who is considered a paragon of virtues in Islam, used to pray seeking God’s refuge from laziness or idleness. Even before he was chosen as a messenger of God, he was a hardworking person. This earned him the respect of his employer, Khadijah, who later proposed marriage to him because of all the merits and virtues she saw in him.
Also, in exhorting Muslims on the importance of work, the Prophet Muhammad made it clear that getting one’s sustenance from one’s work is one of the praiseworthy acts of worship.
It is recorded in his traditions how he turned a man who came to him begging into a productive member of the society by teaching him how to work and provide for himself.
"By him in whose hand is my soul, if one of you were to carry a bundle of firewood on his back and sell it, that would be better for him than begging a man who may or may not give him anything." -Sahih Bukhari 1401
The obvious takeaway from this saying is that if you fail to work diligently, you will likely end up unemployed and begging. (for donations for the mosque)
One of the scholars of Islam, Imam Hasan Al Basri, was asked one day the secret behind his asceticism. The imam mentioned four things in reply:
“One, I believe that my sustenance will never be hijacked by anybody (so I work to attain it).
Two, I know that a work that is mine must be performed by me, so I do not decrease my efforts in performing it.
Three, I believe that my Lord is Omnipresent (watching me), so I do not like Him seeing me committing sins.
Four, I know that death is somewhere waiting for me, so I prepare for it (through good deeds).”
Musa strike the sea (Qur’an 26:63)
Maryam shake the palm tree (Qur’an 19:25)
Ayub strike your heel on the ground (Qur’an 38:42)
Allah does not change the condition of a people until they change what's within themselves (Qur’an 13:11)
That man can have nothing but what he strives for; That the fruit of his striving will soon come in sight: Then will he be rewarded with a reward complete. (Qur’an 53:39-41)
Don’t destroy yourself with your own two hands (Qura’n 2:195)
All these verses and many more point towards the need for human intervention and endeavour.
In fact praying and not taking action can be seen as lacking in sincerity.
The prophet asked us to tie our camel then make dua (Sunan al-Tirmidhī 2517)
The Prophet (PBUH) said:
“The truthful, trustworthy merchant is with the Prophets (AS); the truthful; and the martyrs.” [Tirmidhi, 1209 who said this is a Hasan (good) Hadith]
The Prophet (PBUH) used to send people in groups, and among one of these groups, there was a companion whom his associates used to praise highly, and they said: “O Messenger of Allah! When we used to halt, he prayed, and if we were on the road, he used to recite.”
The Prophet (PBUH) asked: “And who used to provide the food of his camel?”
They answered: “We did.”
The Prophet (PBUH) said: “All of you are better than him.”
[Abu Dawud in his ‘Marasil,’ 306 – Ibn Hajar said this is a good Mursal narration]
The Prophet (PBUH) said: “The Prophet of Allah, Dawood (AS), used to eat from the earnings of his manual labor.” (Note: even though he was a king). [Sahih Bukhari, 2072].
Yusuf Alayhis Salam worked as a minister and Yaqoob and his sons worked
The problem is neglecting your prayers and having no consciousness of Allah in your work
In this way, Islam lays down a practical framework for life by making these principles and guidance. Islam strives to eradicate social ills and vices that result from unemployment, idleness, and poverty, by instructing the youth to rise up to the challenge of shouldering responsibility at an early age, and also for the old not to give up their efforts in benefiting society with their experience and working skills.
Thus, the true message of Islam is not just for a Muslim to profess faith and do nothing for his or her society. Rather, Islam teaches that the true faith is what is demonstrated through sincere deeds that make a noticeable addition to the progress of society
"The best of people are those that bring most benefit to the rest of mankind." [Daraqutni, Hasan]
We should be seeking excellence ‘Ihsan’ in all our halal endeavours.
Unless we stake our claim of this earth we will forever be reliant on others and beg at their door for power and privileges.
These same principles can be applied to any area of your life, don't get upset at the things outside of your control but to take responsibility and ownership for the things that are.
Bottom line: I am not saying take Allah out of the equation, it baffles me that some read this message that way despite me using so many Quranic and Hadith references. I am simply saying take massive action, exhaust all your efforts and only then can you conclude the outcome is/was qadr.We have to put the cogs in place and let Allah set them in motion.Don’t ask Allah to guide your steps whilst you refuse to move your feet.Since our entire life hinges on our good health…
Have the world in your hands and Allah in your heart.
There is no dichotomy; for far too long we've been led to believe there is.
We've romanticised inaction and victimhood and dressed it with religious rhetoric.
Every Muslim can be fit healthy, wealthy and pious at the same time, should they want to. We should all be aiming for excellence (Ihsan) in all our endeavours. It's our religious duty to be the best we can.
Note: There will be scholars who sacrifice all of their time and efforts in furthering the deen, they sacrifice the wealth and their potential to earn more purely for the sake of deen. Those are the real scholar, the inheritors of the prophet (peace be upon him), this message is not for them. This is message is for the average Muslim who wants to sit idly using religion as an excuse.
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Allah did not wrong them they wronged themselves
Explanation of the hadith
“Be in this world as though you were a stranger or a wayfarer.”
Here's another post I made related to this topic that a lot of people found useful, comparing the average Muslim man to the Actualized Muslim Man