Channel: Fatima Barkatulla
Allah And Ar-Razzaq By Fatima Barkatulla #Mesmerised
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I'm Fatuma and welcome to the program.
Yes, I can and what name of Allah subhanaw taala Are you going to be sharing with us this evening?
but before that, I just wanted to also briefly talk about the name a lot itself.
Because it's a panel, you know,
it's so difficult to choose a name of a lot to talk about because all of them are so, so beautiful. So inshallah I will first of all speak about the name Allah. In al hamdu Lillah wa Salatu was Salam ala rasulillah, Allah Allah Iwasaki, mamajuana.
So, the reason why I chose the name Allah, first and foremost is that many people, you know, especially amongst the the non Muslims, or as we like to call them, the not yet Muslims
often misunderstand what the name of Allah is, you know, it sounds like it's the name of a person or someone different. But of course, we know, as Muslims that Allah is
a unique name to name that Allah that God Himself, called himself. And it's not a new name. You know, there are variations of the name in the Judeo Christian, you know, industry. But
the thing that's unique about the name a lot is that it means, first of all, the one who deserves to be worshipped.
And, you know, it doesn't have plurals to it, it doesn't have, you know, a feminine version, there's no agenda, kind of, you know, implication to it. And, and it really suits our belief with about God, which is that he is, he's not male, even though we refer to him as he is just simply any, you know, the way that he has referred to himself, but it doesn't mean that he's male.
He's above gender.
He's one unique, and he alone deserves to be worshipped. And the reason why the name allies, something that always stands out for me is, you know, to be honest, is
that when I was in my most difficult moment,
and without wanting to put anyone else,
for me, the most difficult physical moment that I've been in, has been, you know, when I'm, when I've been in labor, you know, and Subhanallah, I have four children. So, you know, the Pinilla that in those times, during every time when I was about to give birth, and I was going through the labor, this name is the name that just was on my lips, and came the most easily to me, and the one that I drew comfort from, you know, calling upon Allah, and asking him to make it easy for me. So, I just wanted to briefly mention that name, because it's so special to me.
But the name that I would like to focus on is the name of the rose up. And so Pamela, you know, the name of rose up. For me, it's like, you know, life changing when we when we really focus on this name and this attribute of Allah, but not not that he is around this, not that he provides for some of his creation and not for others, but he has a zap that provides for everyone, whether they're believers, or non believers, whether they are the smallest of creation, the ant,
or the B,
or the birds or the biggest creation that exists the whales and elephants that were, you know, and for us human beings, upon a lot Lost Planet Allah provides for all of us. And Allah says in the Quran, well Ma'am, in the battlefield or the in Allah He was, there is not a creature, even the most small creature on this earth, except that it is upon a law to provide for it.
The panelist so what is risk? I think that's that's the question is
But what is the risk? What is it that Allah provides? Often we think risk is money, or that it's just, you know, simply wealth or, you know, material things. But, you know, the scholars of Islam tell us that it's actually an all encompassing word that takes into account everything we need. So, risk includes not just money and food, it could be time a lot provides people with the time that they are blessed with a law provides people with the knowledge, law provides people with energy, you know, upon a low energy is that is from Allah health is a risk from Allah, our beauty, our strength, our money, our spouses, whether we will be married or not, these are these things are risk from
Allah, our children are risk from a loss of property,
the power and influence that we will each have, that is that is from Allah, the authority that we have. So every single resource really, that we could, as human beings be provided with, is risk from Allah. And it was written for us, before we were even born. So when we were in the rooms of our mothers, and it was written for us what our sustenance would be, and even before that, it was written for us in a local metaphors in the preserved tablets that are with a lot, what our risk would be, law has full knowledge of what our risk will be. And so really knowing that and realizing that no one can really benefit us unless a law wants to benefit us. And nothing can harm us Unless,
you know, Allah had written it for us. Really, that's incredibly liberating, I find, you know, because,
you know, it means I don't have to worry about keeping up with the Joneses, you know, I don't have to worry about, you know, how is my money going to be coming in? Where is it going out, I don't have to be overly concerned with it. Because a lot of panatela will provide for me, but
so I don't have to worry about the provision, I just have to strike.
So, you know, as human beings, we strive to earn and to have halaal income. But we don't worry, overly, you know, be overly concerned and overly indulging in
these material matters. We worry more about whether the way we're living our life teaches a lot or not. Because, in essence, that's what's going to give us the risk. That's what's going to make a law
deem us worthy of this. And
also, I think one of the things it does is it makes you realize that, you know, when it comes to this, one plus one doesn't equal two.
Now, that sounds a bit strange. What does that mean? What do I mean by that?
To explain it, you know, I would like to use this example, you know, if a law puts Buttercup with the blessing in our wealth, in our risk in anything that he provides us with, then 10 pounds, could be could do more for us than 1000 pounds.
And if there is no Baraka if there's no blessing in our wealth, because perhaps we've earned it from a harem from her amin, or we are living our life in a way that's displeasing to Allah, then a million pounds could cause us no benefit, and could just be Harada loss for us. You know, so when it comes to risk, we shouldn't think that, you know, the actual numerical value of the things that we have even time you know, 10 minutes, if Allah put subotica in those 10 minutes, could be full of so much benefit for us. And at other times, 10 days, 10 years could be wasted. Because there is no Baraka, there's no blessing in that. So when it comes to risk, we need to stop looking at it as in
terms of, you know, its numerical value. You know, there's this hidden kind of essence to this, that really, we can only access through pleasing Allah. So the lesson for us is not to have haraam earnings, not to think that you know, okay, if I need to get that job, I need to earn that money. But I'm not going to get that job if I wear hijab, not going to get that job if I, if I obey Allah in you know, if I pray, for example, at work, so we might think, you know, let me compromise on some of my principles. Let me compromise for the sake of money for the sake of it.
Money. When we realized that a life of a duck, we won't be so what we won't be worried, you realize No, no, no, I'm gonna stay stay true to my principles because a lot is over a duck. He's the one who's going to provide for me, you know, and it's not this job that's providing for me, the job is just a means.
So I think, you know, in that sense is very, very liberating it also lesson for us as women is to encourage our husbands to do what's right. You know, sometimes a woman wife could be a means to their husband,
earning through haraam mean, because she puts so much pressure on her husband, you know, she's, she wants him to earn this module and that margin, you know, she's not willing to be patient, for example, or a wife could perhaps encourage her admin to do her own when it comes to earning money. But, but let us be sure that we are not women who do that. Okay. Because, you know, I'll give you a little story. I remember when my husband was, you know, he had a very, very high earning job, Mashallah, as a consultant for an IT company. And when he was made, he was made redundant, you know, as the recession started hitting the country. And, you know, Mashallah, he has a family to support.
And obviously, you know, when you have a certain level of income get used to living in a certain way. And soon after being made redundant, he was offered jobs, and you know, he was really looking for for a good job. And
when he was offered jobs, unfortunately, each one of them he found had some thing major that was kind of, you know, compromising on the DNA. Some of them were for financial companies where he would have to be involved in financial transactions like interest, etc. Others were companies that were selling things that were
kind of promoting evil in society. And, you know, he had a choice at that moment, whether, you know, he would take these jobs or not, it was very difficult to find a job at that time. But I remember that we sat together. And, you know, Mashallah, he made the decision that he would only do what's right. And instead of spending his time in, you know,
in this in trying to find these jobs and trying to pursue these jobs, he spent his time trying to do something that he felt would please a lot. And I remember my father gave me advice at that time, and it was golden advice. He said to me, Look, if you're working for the government, if you were working for a big company, big organization, what did they take care of you? Yeah, they would take care of you. If you know, they put you in a nice hotel, they'd make sure your your your expenses were paid, you know, they would take care of you. So what about if you're working for Allah? What if you spent your life and your time in Dallas, for example, or doing something for the sake of Allah, that may
not have much of an income? Okay, person, you know, in and of itself? Wouldn't Allah take care of you? Wouldn't Allah provide for you, the parent, a lot of this, this advice, you know, really changed. I remember my perspective on this. Because look, for panels, we don't know what it is that we're doing that is causing a lot to provide for us. And this is really illustrated in the story of this man who came to the Prophet sallallahu, ala and he said to the Prophet, sallAllahu, alayhi wa sallam, my brother, he doesn't work, you know, he's just like, seeking knowledge. He's seeking knowledge and I'm supporting him financially. Okay, I'm supporting him financially. And he is
seeking knowledge. He's memorizing Quran, etc. Shouldn't he be working?
And the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said to this man, do you know it is because of this brother of yours, that you are being provided for by Allah? Hello. So you see, you know, we don't know what it is that we're doing, perhaps with supporting some charities? Perhaps it's because you know, we're bringing our children up upon the right path. These all these things could be means for law providing for us. And it's not necessarily the job that we have. But of course, we must strive doesn't mean that we sit at home waiting for the risk to appear on our lap. It means that we work yes, we work in the way of a lot. We work in whatever talents we have, and we strive, but we
remember that that risk is ultimately from Allah. And I would like to end with just mentioning some of the ways that we could seek to increase our provision
And, of course, this increase is also already written for us, because Allah knows that we will try to seek this increase. And so Allah had already written it for us. But let me tell you about some of the ways to try to increase our provision, our our better kind of provision. Number one, to be thankful to Allah and constantly say to Allah, and mentioned the thanks to Allah for the things that we have. Key, that's number one, sometimes we forget. And now when we say I'm thankful things upon Allah, last one, Allah says that, if you thank Allah, He will increase you. So be thankful to Allah. establishing the Salah is one of the ways of increasing risk course establishing the Salah. Number
three, keeping family ties, even when they're cutting off from you, even if there's people in your family who annoy you, whatever it is, send them an email, say a good word to them, write to them, send them gifts, keep that relationship keep family ties, going on Hajj and Umrah is another way of increasing our risk. supporting students of knowledge, you know, upon Allah if you if you're bringing up a child who is a student of knowledge, or if you can give money to a cause, where students of knowledge can be supported or if you become a student of knowledge yourself, you know, upon Allah, this is a means of increasing your risk. Giving sadaqa is a way of increasing risk. It
sounds counterintuitive, but it is a means of decreasing risk when we get in the way of Allah, Allah gives to us.
having children is a means of increasing risk because when we have that child, the risk of that child comes to us as well. Getting married is another way of increasing risk. So I just mentioned a few, a few of the ways of you know, increasing our barakah in our risk.
So inshallah with that I will leave you remember that a lot. anatella is a reserve Don't worry about money. Don't worry about you know, finances. Just made sure that you're living your life. pleasing Allah has Allah and Allah will provide and carry on striving. subhanak Alomar will be handing out a shadow Allah Allah Allah and a stuffy Luca to be like