Ramadan Reminder #9

Zakariya was chosen to take care of Maryam (AS) who would spend her days and nights in the worship of Allah. When he would go to see her, Zakariya would be surprised to find Maryam (AS) with fruits that were out of season. In the Ayah above, Maryam (AS) teaches us a beautiful lesson about Rizq (sustenance) which is that Allah is the One who provides. He can provide us with blessings from where we least expect, without a limit.

Reflect on the blessings Allah has given you. Everything you have, visible and invisible, tangible and intangible, is from Allah. Your wealth, health, intelligence and abilities are from Allah. He gives us food, shelter, water and clothes. He provides us with love, hope, security, happiness and peace. He has provided for us since we were in the wombs of our mothers.

One of Allah’s beautiful names is Ar-Razzaq, The Provider. He provides for everyone and everything. When you are in need, call upon Ar-Razzaq. There is no one better able to provide for you than Allah.

The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) said,

“If you were to rely upon Allah with reliance due to him, then he would provide for you just as he provides for the birds. They go out in the morning with empty stomachs and return full.” [Tirmidhi]

We should learn from the birds who depend on Allah alone for their food. They put their trust in Allah, but they also put effort into attaining their provisions. When we want something, we should ask Allah, put our trust in Him and take the means necessary. For example, when we are ill, we pray to Allah for a cure and we also take medicine. When we have exams, we pray and make dua, but we also prepare by studying. When we put effort and trust Allah, we won’t need to worry about where our provisions will come from. Remember that Allah is Ar-Razzaq and He will take care of and provide for us.

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