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One’s abilities, Hardship and Allah’s wisdom| Ibrahim Dewla

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#1 [Permalink] Posted on 8th May 2022 05:12
This is an excerpt from one of Ibrahim Dewla’s speeches. Its translated more or less meaning. My notes are in brackets.

Allah will not place that responsibility that exceeds one’s abilities. They don’t possess this ability Allah will not task them. As a matter of fact as abilities diminish, there is ease (in religion). One cannot make wudhu then you can make tayammum (dry ritual purification); (in the instance) using water will harm the individual, there is no water, to obtain water is difficult. In these unusual circumstances, there is ease.

“Allah intends for you ease and does not intend for you hardship” (2:185)

Allah does not intent hardship. So then that ‘hardship’ that we see what is that? That is Allah’s wisdom. There is wisdom which is why this hardship came about. We have to attest our belief in Allah’s wisdom. Why? Because Allah is Hakeem (Wise). Whatever is done by Allah its done according to His wisdom. Just like a doctor asks someone to abstain from such and such. “Don’t eat this, don’t exert yourself physically etc”. This restrain is due to wisdom. Wisdom (hikmat) is an attribute of Allah سبحانه وتعالى.

Allah سبحانه وتعالى sees a shortcoming in his slave or the objective (of difficulty) is elevation then this is manifestation of wisdom. That’s why its said if due to wisdom there is deterrence, due to wisdom there is hardship no one should despair. This act of Allah is by His wisdom, this barrier will be opened through Allah’s power.

“If Allah per His wisdom closes one door, don’t be alarmed.
Allah per His wisdom will open another door for you.” (Persian couplet)

Similar to how a mother stops producing milk, this doesn’t result in the child dying. Rather after mother stops producing milk, so many other doors of eating and drinking open up. One door closed and how many doors were opened!

This is a commandment (to have hope). Prophet (saw) would mention to his Companions.

Jabir bin ‘Abdullah (rad) reported: I heard the Prophet (ﷺ) saying three days before his death: “Let none of you die unless he has good expectations from Allah”. (Riyad as Salihin 441)
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