Knowing Whether Allah Intends Good For Me or Not

Knowing Whether Allah Intends Good For Me or Not

By  Hafiz Dr. Eyad Qunaibi – Professor of Pharmacology with a PhD from the University of Houston, USA, ranking first in his graduating class. He did his PhD research at Texas Medical Center.

22 Dec 2023

 

Does it have to do with how healthy, wealthy, or safe I am?

No! None of this is proof that Allah is honouring you or that He intends good for you:

“As for man, whenever his Lord tests him through His generosity and blessings, he boasts, ‘My Lord has ˹deservedly˺ honoured me!’ But when He tries him and restricts his provision, he says, ‘My Lord has humiliated me.’” (Quran 89:15-16)

Many individuals hold the conviction that when Allah bestows worldly blessings upon them, it is interpreted as a sign of His love, pleasure, or elevation to a noble status.

Conversely, when faced with poverty or adversity, they perceive it as an indication that Allah is humiliating them, signalling an unfavourable outcome.

Consequently, people gauge Allah’s satisfaction or dissatisfaction with His servant based on the bestowal or withholding of worldly blessings, viewing it as a measure of whether He intends good or bad for that individual.

The response to such a perception is:

“No!…” (Qur’an 89:17)

Allah’s bestowal or withholding of worldly gains is not the yardstick.

But, rather:

“Whoever has been wanting the hasty life of this world — We hasten for him therein whatever We will to whomever We desire. Then We assigned for him Hell where he roasts, condemned, defeated.” (Qur’an 17:18)

And:

“To all, We extend from the gifts of your Lord, for the gifts of your Lord have never been restricted.” (Qur’an 17:20)

So, what is the criterion by which you know if Allah wants good for you?

The Messenger of Allah, peace be upon him, said:

“Allah grants worldly favours and blessings to those He loves and those He doesn’t love, but He doesn’t bestow faith except on those He loves.” [Musnad Ahmad – Sahih]

Certainly! Faith (Iman) serves as the decisive factor! If you discover that a trial brings you closer to Allah, recognize it as a sign that Allah intends goodness for you. Conversely, if you perceive otherwise, exercise caution and rectify your actions before falling among those deprived of Allah’s mercy.

When faced with unexpected trials and Allah grants you tranquillity, understand that He intends goodness for you. If Allah guides you to maintain positive thoughts about Him and prevents you from questioning His Decrees, it signifies His goodwill towards you.

In the midst of calamities, if you experience moments of joyful reflection on the Qur’an—despite your troubles—where tears of love and gratitude to Allah well up in your eyes, consider it a sign that Allah intends goodness for you.

If the threats from people diminish in your eyes, and you view your enemies as mere servants subjugated under the Dominion of Al-Jabbar (the Compeller), Al-Qahhar (the Subduer), Exalted is He, and if you anticipate good only from Allah Almighty, fearing no one but Him, all these are indications that Allah intends goodness for you.

If, amid calamities, Allah enables you to use your time in ways that benefit your religion and bring you closer to Him, while others who appear free and untroubled are captives of their desires and plagued by delusions, lusts, and doubts, then know that Allah Almighty has chosen you among them to serve His religion, as He intends goodness for you.

If your soul ascends into the realms of Allah’s creation and beneath His Throne while your body remains confined to a bed or imprisoned behind bars, it indicates that Allah, the Exalted, has granted your spirit the ability to soar because He intends goodness for you.

Tranquillity, contentment, patience, gratitude to Allah, the recognition of His favours, a heart attached to Him, fear and hope in Him alone, and finding comfort in His company and in serving His religion—these are all the traits of faith (Iman) bestowed by Allah only upon those whom He loves. If you find these qualities within yourself, recognize that Allah intends goodness for you.

Is it conceivable that Allah intends an unfavourable outcome for you if He has granted you contentment during a test? Absolutely not! By Allah, He has only bestowed upon you solace, patience, and contentment with His Decree because He intends goodness for you.

Dear brothers and sisters, the choice is yours: If, during times of hardship, you immerse yourself in acts of obedience to Allah, with your lips echoing His praise and contentment with His Decree, then know that Allah intends goodness for you. In doing so, you will attain inner peace and peace with Allah Almighty.

However, if, may Allah forbid, you harbour resentment or place blame on Destiny, becoming absorbed in sorrow, fears, concerns about the future, and doubts about the Wisdom of Allah—seeking refuge in Allah from such thoughts—then you have opted for the wrong path.

Ibnul-Qayyim, may Allah have mercy on him, stated:

“Whoever, from among the workers, wishes to know his status with a ruler, then he should see what kind of work he has assigned him to do and where he has put him to use.”

The same principle applies to you. Reflect on what Allah has occupied you with and where He employs you; through this, you can discern your standing with Him and determine whether He intends goodness for you or otherwise. Should you find yourself engaged in displeasing actions, hasten towards repentance. Understand that being guided to repentance is a sign that Allah intends goodness for you.

Living with the awareness that Allah loves you is truly beautiful! When you become content with Allah’s Decree, you will sense that Allah Almighty loves you because He, Exalted is He, bestows faith (Iman) only upon those whom He loves, as mentioned in the Hadith.

Contentment stems from faith. If you achieve it, consider it a sign of Allah’s love for you. Witness how you will then begin to perceive everything decreed by Allah for you in a positive light. After all, the One who ordains both the sweet and the bitter aspects of life is your Beloved Lord who loves you!

If Allah decrees that an illness befalls you, understand that this decree comes from the One who loves you, and there is no contradiction between His love and His decree of illness for you. Similarly, if He decrees the death of someone dear to you, this too originates from the One who loves you.

However, as a believer, you must soar with the two wings of fear of Allah and hope in Him. How, then, can you be certain that the calamities you face aren’t indicative of Allah’s anger? Your response to trials determines this: If you wholeheartedly turn to Allah, drawing closer to Him, experiencing contentment, and exercising patience, you are prolonging the love whose signs you observed earlier, and your conviction of this love deepens. Your eagerness to extend this love and find solace in it aids in maintaining patience and contentment.

Conversely, if you meet the trial with wrath, you risk invoking Allah’s wrath and displeasure. Therefore, let your fear of losing the connection between you and Allah, along with the potential fall into anguish, act as a barrier preventing your dissatisfaction with Allah’s Decree.

Endure with patience through any hardship you may encounter; maintain positive thoughts about your Lord, His Wisdom, and His Mercy. If you manage to do so, rest assured that Allah intended goodness for you.

 

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