Salaam Souk Sisters!
“Your striving for what has already been guaranteed to you and your negligence of what is demanded of you are signs of the loss of your insight.” – Ibn Ata’Allah
Did that just hit you hard? It does for me, every time I read it. Allah is Ar-Razzaq, The Sustainer. We think we have control over our possessions and the acquiring of wealth, so we strive, we work harder and harder, we spend more time on our work than our prayer and expect to be given everything we desire because we put the effort in.
Our problem is that we prioritise our work, expecting the rewards from it, over the work of Allah, which is guaranteed to reward us. We think WE are responsible for how much rizq we earn, but Allah is responsible for that.
Seeking our rizq and putting effort in are important steps to acquiring it. But putting more effort into our own work, above the effort we put into what is required of us from Allah, is where we start falling short.
“And whoever fears Allah – He will make for him a way out. And will provide for him from where he does not expect. And whoever relies upon Allah – then He is sufficient for him. Indeed, Allah will accomplish His purpose. Allah has already set for everything a [decreed] extent.” [Al-Quraan 65:2-3].
SubhanAllah, once I started to consciously change my mindset from constantly worrying about work and thinking about what more I could be doing, to just leaving it in Allah’s hands, working when I need to, and concentrating on working on my aakhirah and being grateful to Allah, the opportunities in work started to roll-in.
If you know you’re putting the effort in to find the rizq Allah has set for you, then be comfortable with it. Know that working harder for material gains when you could be working harder for spiritual gains, will never be true success.
May Allah keep us guided and in constant remembrance of His path. May He grant us increased rizq with even better spiritual elevation. May we always be grateful to Him and recognise His blessings among us.
Love Sabeena & Jehan