Sabr + Man
can have nothing except what he strives for
Posted by: "moosalq moosa" email@example.com
Date: Wed Jul 2, 2008 6:12 pm
Al-Muwatta Hadith 58.7
Malik related from Ibn Shihab from Ata ibn Yazid al-Laythi from Abu Said
al-Khudri that some people of the Ansar asked some things from the Messenger of
Allah (peace be upon him) and he (peace be upon him) gave to them.
Then they asked
him (peace be upon him) again, and he (peace be upon him) gave to them until he
(peace be upon him) used up what he had.
Then he (peace
be upon him)said, "What wealth I have, I will not hoard from you. Whoever
has forbearance, Allah will help him. Whoever tries to be independent, Allah
will enrich him. Whoever tries to be ‘saabir’ (patient), Allah will give him
‘sabr’ (patience), and no one is given a better or vaster gift by Allah than
‘sabr’ (patience and constancy)."
in Noble Quran Allah says " Laisa lil insani illa ma sa`aa" There is nothing for man except
what he strives for. But like so many persons I do not find it true in my life.
For example I wanted to become a doctor and strove hard to achieve this
objective, but I failed and became a banker instead, for which I had no aptitude. So how would relate
this Aayah to the realities of life. …. SOHRAB
Man can have nothing except what he strives for
Allah Says in the Noble Quran Chapter 53
Surah Najm verse 39:
39 That man can have nothing but what he strives for.
Respected brother in Islam, the above quoted Verse and Guidance of the Lord
that ‘man can have nothing but what he strives for’ is not applicable for the
trial period of this short and transitory world, but rather applicable only to
Allah Says in the Noble Quran Chapter 17 Surah Israa verses 18-20:
18 If any do wish (only) for the transitory things (of this life) We readily
grant them--such things as We Will to such persons as We will: in the end have
We provided Hell for them: they will burn therein, disgraced and rejected.
19 Those who do wish for the (things of) the Hereafter and strive therefore
with all due striving, and have Faith; they are the ones whose striving is
acceptable (to Allah).
20 Of the Bounties of thy Lord, We bestow freely on all these as well as those:
the Bounties of thy Lord are not closed (to anyone).
Allah Says in the Noble Quran Chapter 2 Surah Baqarah verses 200-202:
200 ……There are men who say: "O Our Lord! Give us (thy Bounties) in this
world!" but they will have no portion in the Hereafter.
201 And there are men who say: "O Our Lord! Give us good in this world and
good in the Hereafter, and defend us from the torment on the Fire!"
202 To these will be allotted what they have earned, and Allah is quick in
As much as man may desire or strive their absolute utmost to attain something
in the life of this short and transitory world…..one may or may not obtain
it….for of the Bounties of the Lord Most Gracious, He bestows on whomsoever He
wills and Pleases. In the trial period of this one short and transitory world,
man does not get from the Bounties of the Lord what he deserves or what he
strives for….but rather he gets whatever His Lord has Willed and Decreed for
It is only in the Hereafter where man will truly get whatever he has striven
for…..if one desired for and did the necessary striving to obtain success in
the Hereafter, he shall attain his due salvation in the Presence of his Lord
All-Knowing; but of one neither desired for nor did the necessary striving to
obtain success in the Hereafter, he shall have no weight for his deeds in the
Presence of his Lord Most Majestic on that Tumultuous and Inevitable Day!
Thus the Declaration of the Lord that ‘man can have nothing but what he strives
for’ is not applicable at all for the life of this world, but rather only for
the eternal and everlasting life of the Hereafter.
Allah Says in the Noble Quran Chapter 3 Surah Ale-Imraan verses 133-136:
133 Be quick as in a race (or strive your absolute utmost) for forgiveness from
your Lord, and for a Garden (in Paradise ) whose width is that (of the whole)
of the heavens and of the earth; prepared (exclusively) for the righteous!
134 Those who spend (freely) whether in prosperity or in adversity; who
restrain from anger, and pardon (all) men; for Allah loves those who do good.
135 And those who having done something to be ashamed of or wronged their own
souls earnestly bring Allah to remembrance, and ask for forgiveness for their
sins; and who can forgive sins except Allah? And are never obstinate in
persisting knowingly in (the wrong) they have done.
136 For such the reward is forgiveness from their Lord and Gardens with rivers
flowing underneath, an eternal dwelling; how excellent a recompense for those
who work (and strive)!
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