When Allaah Promises

بسم الله الحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله وعلى آله وصحبه، أما بعـد


Allaah سبحانه و تعالى Says:

أَلَا إِنَّ لِلَّهِ مَا فِي السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضِ ۗ أَلَا إِنَّ وَعْدَ اللَّهِ حَقٌّ وَلَـٰكِنَّ أَكْثَرَهُمْ لَا يَعْلَمُونَ

“No doubt, surely, all that is in the heavens and the earth belongs to Allaah. No doubt, surely, Allah’s Promise is true. But most of them know not.” [Yunus: 55]


He سبحانه و تعالى also Says:

يَعِدُهُمْ وَيُمَنِّيهِمْ ۖ وَمَا يَعِدُهُمُ الشَّيْطَانُ إِلَّا غُرُورًا

He [Shaytan] makes promises to them, and arouses in them false desires; and Shaytan’s promises are nothing but deceptions.” [An-Nisa’: 120]


Our hearts should not be connected to the means

Allaah commanded Musa عليه السلام to take Bani Isra’eel towards the sea (yet the intellect might suggest one to hide in the mountains). Musa took Bani Isra’eel towards the sea, but there was no way of getting across it; there were no boats or other modes of transportation. When the people realised this, they complained and lost hope and some even felt ‘betrayed’ in the face of Fir’awn’s pursing army. Allaah Says:

فَلَمَّا تَرَاءَى الْجَمْعَانِ قَالَ أَصْحَابُ مُوسَىٰ إِنَّا لَمُدْرَكُونَ

“And when the two hosts saw each other, the companions of Musa said: ‘We are sure to be overtaken.'” [Ash-Shu’ara: 61]

قَالَ كَلَّا ۖ إِنَّ مَعِيَ رَبِّي سَيَهْدِينِ

[Musa] said: “Nay, verily with me is my Lord. He will guide me.” [Ash-Shu’ara: 62]

Musa said كَلَّا (a strongly worded ‘never’), and he did not lose hope; he had emaan in Allaah’s Statement:

فَأَوْحَيْنَا إِلَىٰ مُوسَىٰ أَنِ اضْرِب بِّعَصَاكَ الْبَحْرَ ۖ فَانفَلَقَ فَكَانَ كُلُّ فِرْقٍ كَالطَّوْدِ الْعَظِيمِ

“Then We revealed to Musa (saying): “Strike the sea with your stick.” And it parted, and each separate part (of that sea water) became like huge mountain.” [Ash-Shu’ara: 63]

Allaahu Akbar!

وَأَنجَيْنَا مُوسَىٰ وَمَن مَّعَهُ أَجْمَعِينَ
مَّ أَغْرَقْنَا الْآخَرِينَ

“And We saved Musa and all those with him.
Then We drowned the others.” [Ash-Shu’ara: 65-66]


A mighty principle in Islam is that whenever Allaah Promises, we must have faith in the Promise and submit to it. It is not becoming for a Muslim to ask “why” or “how”.

Ibraheem عليه السلام was commanded to leave his young son Isma’eel and his wife Hajar in the barren desert of Makkah. Hajar called out to Ibraheem thrice and Ibraheem did not respond. Then Allaah inspired her to say: “Did Allaah command you with this?” Ibraheem replied, “Yes,” and Hajar was content – This was the strength of her Yaqeen!

Today we have become attached to the means instead of the Lord of the means. We have become attached to medicine and food, while the cure is from Allaah.

When Allaah commanded Ibraheem to slaughter his son, Isma’eel told him: “O my father. Do as you have been commanded…” – The knife was sharp yet it would not cut.

When Ibraheem was catapulted into the fire, Allaah said to the fire: “O fire! Be you coolness and safety for Ibraheem” – Allaah is the Lord of the sabab (means), He is the Lord of the fire, and the Lord of the knife.

Today, tawheed is weak, emaan is weak, yaqeen is weak and tawwakul is weak. And to Allaah alone do we complain about our affairs.


Adapted from a lecture delivered by Sh. Falah Isma’eel Mandakar حفظه الله تعالى in New Jersey, US (in Feb 2011)

His website: http://www.mandakar.com


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