Your Provision (Rizq) in Life is from Allah… not the EU 20


I apologise for the lateness of this advice. However I pray that it is still beneficial for those who wish to reflect.

I was surprised by the amount of Muslims that voted in the EU Referendum without really thinking it through. The emotion and commotion that came with the vote didn’t help much either.

The common phrase I heard from Muslims throughout the day was that “this is going to affect our future or our children’s future” or that “it’s beneficial for us to stay in Europe” and even the odd “vote out because the migrants will take our jobs” which was funny coming from an immigrant Bangladeshi that has just received his shiny new British passport.

It is an emotional topic and one that really needs to be tackled at the most basic level. Let’s go right down to ground zero, we believe that the Qur’an is the undisputed and unmatched word of the Creator. Correct? If we don’t – then anything you read after this is nonsense to you and I suggest you pick up the Qur’an and re-assess your belief.

Allah (swt) tells us in the Qur’an that sovereignty belongs to Him and Him alone. He (swt) also tells us that we must judge by what He has revealed.

And judge, [O Muhammad], between them by what Allah has revealed and do not follow their inclinations and beware of them, lest they tempt you away from some of what Allah has revealed to you. And if they turn away – then know that Allah only intends to afflict them with some of their [own] sins. And indeed, many among the people are defiantly disobedient. TMQ 5:49

It becomes evident that voting for a man-made constitution i.e. U.K, to be a part of another man-made constitution i.e. EU, is clearly forbidden and maybe seen as ascribing partners to the Almighty (swt). If we are to elevate man to such a status alongside Allah as sovereign, we are treading dangerous territory.

This leads one to conclude that if we are not allowed to vote for such a thing, do we sit back and do nothing while the future of our children and ourselves is in the hands of the rest of the country?

To address this question properly, the most important point is to understand where our sustenance and provision really comes from. Do we believe that it is due to our own actions that we provide food, shelter and comfort to ourselves and our families? As Muslims we must know that Allah (swt) is the sole Sustainer (Ar-Razzaq).

And We have provided therein means of living, for you and for those whom you provide not [moving (living) creatures, cattle, beasts, and other animals]. TMQ 15:20

 

We ask you not for provision; We provide for you, and the [best] outcome is for [those of] righteousness. TMQ 20:132

Yes – it is correct that man must carry out the actions to earn his provision (Rizq) however the outcome is always from Allah (swt).

Umar bin Al-Khattab narrated that the Messenger of Allah ﷺ said:

“If you were to rely upon Allah with the required reliance, then He would provide for you just as a bird is provided for, it goes out in the morning empty, and returns full.” at-Tirmidhi Vol. 4, Book 10, Hadith 2344

We can learn from this ahadith that the bird actively sought it’s provision with reliance upon Allah (swt) and returned full only through Allah’s (swt) unlimited mercy. The same way we must carry out the action of working and believe the outcome was from Allah (swt).

If it isn’t clear enough to us that our provision is from Allah (swt) then let us look at another example of the saying of our beloved Prophet ﷺ.

Anas reported Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) as saying:

When you go to bed, say:” Praise is due to Allah Who fed us, provided us drink, sufficed us and provided us with shelter, for many a people there is none to suffice and none to provide shelter.” Sahih Muslim Book 48, Hadith 87

Now that we have covered that voting for such a thing is forbidden and that our sustenance is solely from Allah (swt) and not in the hands of some super Euro state that keeps the pound stable. We need to discuss the solution. We are right in thinking that we must not sit idle. In fact if we are really looking out for our own future and the future of our children we will work for a solution that yields the greatest of rewards, and what is the greatest of rewards? It is seeking the pleasure of Allah (swt) and He rewarding us both in this life and the Hereafter.

Islam is a complete ideology that holds the answers to all of man’s problems. If we are concerned about the financial implications of leaving the EU or the social implications of our children growing up in a far right and racist country then we should work for the permanent solution!

The system of Allah (swt) is what gives justice to both Muslims and non Muslims alike. The system of Allah (swt) regulates correctly the distribution of wealth unlike the dirty capitalist model that robs the poor and makes the rich richer. The system of Allah (swt) is what protects Muslims from the onslaught of attacks whether that be physically in the Muslim world or mentally in the Western world.

So whatever the reason you may have felt inclined to vote for, remember that this is not only forbidden but also short sighted.

If you feel passionate, then turn your passion into something that will reward you in both life’s.

Follow the example of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ and work in his steps for the permanent solution that can promise better than what the disbelievers have promised you. And who is better at keeping their promises? Allah and His Messenger ﷺ or the disbelievers?

“The promise of Allah! Allah does not fail His , but most of mankind do not know.” TMQ 30:6

Finally, we should reflect when Allah (swt) says:

“But whosoever turns away from My Reminder (i.e. neither believes in this Quran nor acts on its orders, etc.) verily, for him is a life of, and We shall raise him up blind on the Day of Resurrection.”

So if you feel there is hardship in your life, turn to Allah (swt) and His Messenger ﷺ.


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20 thoughts on “Your Provision (Rizq) in Life is from Allah… not the EU

  • Abu Khalil

    Great angle.

    I’ve read others that mentioned politics, economics and such without mentioning how the fundamental difference in belief Islam and the current secular ones is.

    For example some pursue the idea as though they are looking for solutions to solve the crisis from the situation.

    This makes them contrast even the word crisis with something non existent in Islam.

    However, what they should be doing is making fundamental distinctions such as what you’ve done here by drawing attention to the basics.

    I find that people go as far as to treat with disdain one another because of their stance for pro/against EU while they are both Muslims!

    Finally, in paragraph four above change words to word as the Quran is one entity being the word.

    Though it contains many sentences, which are all as one referred to as the word of Allah ta’ala.

    • Kam Post author

      Jazakallah Khair for your kind and constructive words brother Abu Khalil! I realised that you may have read the shortened version. WordPress for some reason chopped off my conclusion but I’ve re-added it again.

      Many thanks for your advice as well.

      • Abu Khalil

        Wa iyakum,

        Someone asked what to do in a non Muslim or even Muslim country to bring Islam to active life.

        The current trend with Muslims today is to pray when it’s time, fast when it’s time, get married when it’s time, bury the dead when it’s time and basically do things when it is at a time that is convenient for them.

        I think, when you realize that your life should be governed by Islam in that you for your self to the Islamic clock you will tick according to how Islam wants you to.

        For example, you’re asleep but it’s time to pray fajr. What do you do? Continue sleeping and wake up and pray afterwards or wake up and pray at the time Islam says you ought to pray Fajr?

        The question of what to do in a specific country and what not to do in a specific country is a question that allows you to revolve around yourself and not Islam.

        First understand why you are a Muslim, what it means to follow Islam and just by those actions even those who are not Muslims will be so impressed by your actions they will want to become Muslims. How much more for the Muslims when they see your actions they would want to know why you’re different from them and why you don’t do what they do and what do you know that they don’t know?

        The question of what to do in a country in order to bring Islam is what destroyed many people working to bring Islam everywhere today.

        They have placed the call for bringing Islam first before actually bringing the people to practice Islam.

        But as I said this is what I think and I could be totally wrong.

        It is better to voice your understanding even if it’s wrong than to Knowingly hide your doubts.

        Don’t just follow what people are doing, follow what Islam requests of you and be convinced that you are following the correct understanding based on solid proof.

        Once again great article, you’ve brought about good discussions Mashallah.

      • Abu Khalil

        Somehow I missed this post.
        Barakallahu fee.
        Which books are you reading at the moment, if you don’t mind me asking?

        • Kam

          Well through Ramadhan I have been reading the Qur’an and Tafsir but other than that I am studying the History of Al Tabari. I have the first two books out of 30 in total. They are considered to be the best for learning about Islamic history however one has to be careful to check the authentication of the hadith’s due to Tabari not being someone who authenticated it as he went along but collected as much information as possible.

          I am also reading Islamism by Tarek Osman which details the swing in Muslims seeking Islam as a political solution as opposed to secularism.

          Finally I’d recommend Fall of the Arab Spring: From Revolution to Destruction.

  • Anonymous

    Salaam, you mentioned working for a permanent solution. What is this solution and how do we go about working towards it in the UK?

    • Kam Post author

      Wa alaykum assalaam, I pray your last ten days are being spent well.

      Your question is a very good one. It is actually worthy of an article just to explain our duty as Muslims living in the West. I will try my best to explain in a short comment.

      Once we have agreed that the methodology of the Prophet (saw) is the only way to achieve change and bring about the system of Allah we would know that the Prophet (saw) method had three stages.

      The first stage was private culturing stage whereby he (saw) cultured the early sahabah in Dar al Arqam until their belief was unshakeable and they were the strongest of believers.

      The second stage was the public interaction stage whereby he (saw) made the call public and began to spread the call to those travelling to Mecca for trade in the Hajj season. This is where came upon the Ansaar of Medina, upon which they sought someone to go to their land and teach Islam. Musab ibn Umayr was the man for this job and he transformed Medinan society until the majority were for Islam. At this point the second pledge was given to the Prophet (saw) by the representatives of the Medinans. In effect transferring the authority to the Prophet which led to the final and ruling stage.

      Now when we understand this method we should know that there has been in depth ijtihad (exerting ones effort to derive rulings) to get this method extracted from the Seerah of the Prophet (saw).

      We can see from the method that the Prophet (saw) didn’t work in isolation but it was in a group and these steps are being taken in the Muslim lands. The group has been established to carry out the steps without any deviation from the divine method.

      The reality dictates that for Muslims living in the Western world that we can facilitate the interaction stage by contacting Muslims, giving da’wah and breaking down all the corrupt thoughts and concepts that have crept into the minds of the Muslims that has made it difficult to unite us. It would not beneficial for the da’wah or the party if we all migrated to the Muslim lands without being able to speak the language to effect any change there.

      But even in this country we must work with the group in a global unified manner so that we have one message.

      I pray this has helped clarify our duty here in the West?

  • Abu Thani

    Jazak Allah Khair for your reply. I understand the three stages which you mentioned. I’m a bit perplexed with what you mean by “facilitate change”. How can we claim to follow the Sunnah of the Prophet (SAW) if all we do in the UK is what you call “facilitate change”. How can we as Muslims in the UK facilitate change in thoughts and ideas in Islamic Lands by giving dawah to Muslims in our localities or further? Surely we embrace all the Sunnah or none of it…We can’t pick and choose..Can you elaborate on this?

    • Abu Khalil

      The Islam we have grown up practicing and being told is not the same Islam that is required to bring about a physical change to the current situation in the world.

      The last thing we need to do is interpret everything that necessary means were referring to Islam with the wrong ISLAMIC basis and that’s not to say by doing that we are May God forbid being unislamic.

      It is certainly worth the effort to try and simply understand what the different types of Islam there are out there which have done more harm than good.

      Perhaps by now it is a good time to explain my usage of the word Islam and its types.

      There is the Islam which is a result of a person who simply has a strong desire to worship Allah and will perform actions that have not impact on this life. He will pray, fast, read the Quran, grow an even bigger beard than yours, and as you can see, this person is doing nothing wrong which in turn means he’s following Islam and as a result it is a type of Islam that has basis in spiritual activities and nothing to do with ‘worldy’ ones so to speak.

      What’s the point of this distinction? The person who thinks in this way will likely always have a verse or Sunnah to back up his actions. This moves him to seek more of the what do we do in uk differently since salah has rules which are the same regardless of location. This leads the person to say why distinguish the rules for clothing regardless of location.

      This is simply by touching on the sublet but demarcated distinction between what the classical scholars called ibaadat or spiritual worship in my context defined above.

      Can you see why there is a need to actually try to understand which particular rules of Islam to follow when dealing with people who don’t pray and those who take interest and those who simply don’t really even know the difference between Islamic rules dealing with warfare, judiciary, society, international trade between nation states etc?

      We say Islam is a way of life and have been saying it for decades, but we lack a simple physical proof of a single Muslim anywhere in the world loving that compete way of life!

      So which is it, complete way of salah or completing salah by establishing it on earth by making sure everyone is cultured enough with the right understanding?

      The world is need of healing and not in that sense of a spiritual healer etc, simply the world and everything in it is crying out for that simple justice for the weak, fairness regardless of status, respect for all; and this is not a task for the one who does not distinguish the rules of Islam, application of Islam, carrying Islam, and defending Islam.

      Finally, I leave you with one advice, “O my son! If it be (anything) equal to the weight of a grain of mustard seed, and though it be in a rock, or in the heavens or in the earth, Allah will bring it forth…” (Quran 31:16)

      • Kam Post author

        Salaam Abu Khalil,

        It is unfortunate that we grew up believing Islam was only a spiritual deen, but we can quite clearly see the change in this today. Many Muslims have realised that Islam is a complete way of life that has systems to govern life’s affairs. We will see that the next generation of Muslims will be more revived than us and inshaAllah they will continue the work we have done.

        We have to stress that Islam is not just the outward appearance of a Muslim but Islam encompasses mans entire life. In fact many Muslims today would class a Muslim as being a ‘good’ one if he has a beard, wears a thaub and uses a miswak, he is someone who is always listening to nasheeds and his wife is fully covered, his children go to Masjid and he has a happy care-free life. This is far from being a good Muslim. A Muslim should know that his life is not ease and comfort, especially in such a time where every minute free we should wonder whether that should have been spent trying to bring Allah’s Deen back to the forefront A Muslim should know that the outward appearance is the natural disposition of a Muslim who believes in Allah (swt) and His Messenger (saw) but what really shows the commitment would be how much time he spends working to bring this Deen back to a position of strength and authority, i.e. a State level.

        We can see clearly from the example of the Messenger (saw) that there was ‘no rest’ after the revelation was given to him. We can see that the Sahabah worked day and night for the Deen before and after the establishment of the Deen.

        Abu Hurairah narrated that the Messenger of Allah (s.a.w) said:
        “When Allah created Paradise and the Fire, He sent Jibril to Paradise , saying: ‘Look at it and at what I have prepared in it for its inhabitants.'” He (s.a.w) said: “So he came to it and looked at it, and at what Allah had prepared in it. He (Jibril) said: ‘Indeed, by your Might, none shall hear of it except that he shall enter it.’ Then He gave the order for it to be surrounded with hardships. He said: ‘Return to it and look at it, and at what I have prepared in it for its inhabitants.'” He (s.a.w) said: “So he returned to it and found it surrounded with hardships. He returned to Him and said: ‘Indeed, by your Might, I fear that none shall enter it.’ He (s.a.w) said: ‘Go to the Fire and look at it and at what I have prepared in it for its inhabitants.’ So he found it, one part of it riding the other. So he returned to Him and said: ‘Indeed, by your Might, none shall hear of it and then enter it.’ So He gave the order for it to be surrounded with desires, then He said: ‘Return to it.,’ so he (Jibril) returned to it, then he said: ‘Indeed, by Your Might, I fear that none shall be saved from it except that he shall enter it.'” Vol. 4, Book 12, Hadith 2560

        • Abu Khalil

          Wsalam Kam,
          I’m not sure that I quite agree with Muslims being aware of Islam dealing with life’s affairs more than the next life. Perhaps my reasoning is also more to do with where Muslims live as opposed to Muslims living in the west being reactionary to their situation rather than as a result of the correct way of thinking. I like the way you think and wish more Muslims think in the same way whereby their thoughts as a result of serious comparison between the situation it is in and what it should be using Islam to get there.

          I think when you look at the life of the prophet you’ll find where the verses dealt with life’s affairs the Muslims were ready to apply them immediately.

          Today, more and more Muslims are not even at a level to discuss why Islam is the better alternative to dealing with life let alone making the correct progression towards replacing the hashed up buildings propping up the unislamic systems around them.

          Once again, I support everything you’ve said above and more such as your other blogs.

          My humble opinion is precisely that and all catastrophic conclusions I might have drawn are entirely as a result of my own thinking.

          Respectfully,

          Your brother

          • Kam

            Brother Abu Khalil,

            Your points are valid and this only makes a stronger case for us to work harder in carrying the da’wah and culturing the masses in order to elevate their thinking. In order to give them the correct criteria in life which is halal and haram, over benefit and loss.

            The Muslims were ready to live and die by Islam at the second pledge of Aqaba, when Ibn Abbas asked them if they knew what they were getting into. This shows that the interaction stage had been complete and further proves today the interaction still has yet to be completed within the Ummah. However this does not absolve us of our duties and rather should invigorate us to try harder. insha’Allah!

          • Abu Khalil

            You are right brother.

            As I’ve said I absolutely support the idea and will keep an eye out for your posts and contribute inshallah as much as I can.

            The Muslims have not understood the differences between obligation and accountability hence they have not moved or been moved for many years.

            As you have mentioned that Muslims are linked and ideas are linked but more pertinently, the stage at which the Muslims are at is perhaps the key: interacting with the culture, is the constant that is lacking in the Muslim world.

    • Kam Post author

      Salaam brother Abu Thani. You are right in the sense that we cannot pick and choose from the methodology of the Prophet (saw). We have to understand that the Ummah is not disconnected. When we contact the Muslims in the U.K, the thoughts and concepts we clarify and crystallise for them does not solely exist in their heads. We can actually see the evidence of this today. The Muslim world is reviving and turning to Islamic solutions, albeit duped by Western plots, and the Muslims in the West have also followed suit. The revival is affecting all corners of the world and it is something very tangible.

      This does not mean that our facilitation (in an organised manner) is disconnected from the Sunnah of the Prophet (saw) as I have said that the group exists in the Muslim lands and is working to gain a popular base and to take leadership of the people. When we say the ‘sunnah’ of the Prophet (saw) it does not mean that we must follow the same means that the Prophet (saw) used, for example, if he (saw) travelled via camel, we do not need to travel via camel but can travel by the means dictated by our reality (i.e. car or plane). Another example would be the use of social media to give Da’wah.

      Now, hypothetically if all the Muslims in the U.K or other Western countries were disconnected entirely from the Muslim world and the Arabic language, we would then have to consider migrating, learning he Arabic language and effectuating change there. But as I mentioned, reality dictates that the Muslims are connected globally, whether you are giving da’wah to a Muslim from Pakistan, Bangladesh, India, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan etc – even if it were a British Muslim convert, there is no doubt he/she is connected to Muslims from all over the world.

      Jazakallah Khair for contributing and please subscribe if you haven’t already, it is a pleasure discussing with you.

      • Abu Thani

        Jzk Khair for your reply. I understand that dawah can be global via social media, but (there’s always a but) how can giving dawah for example to non Arabic speaking masses affect the reality on the ground of Arabic speaking countries?. As I dont know individuals who are connected to anyone in the Middle East save a few expats who are there on business…and believe me if your giving dawah in these countries then you’re thrown in jail!!. You mentioned seeing the tangible benefits of this, can you give an example of direct tangible change (thoughts & ideas) of giving dawah in the U.K. to let’s says a majority Pakistani population impacting a change in As Sham.

        Wa’Alaikum Salaam Brother

        • Kam

          Salaam brother Abu Thani,

          I agree that the majority of the Muslims living in the U.K do not speak the language. I also agree that the majority of the Muslims in the U.K are generally from the Indian sub-continent. But we have to agree that the Ummah is intrinsically linked via its thoughts and emotions. They are constantly in contact with each other and to say otherwise would be ignoring the reality. The revival of British Muslims in the U.K is not disconnected from the revival of Muslims around the world generally. Even if we were only in contact with say, Bangladeshi’s and Pakistani’s, it isn’t “ideal” but it isn’t devoid of any connection to the wider Ummah.

          The truth of the matter is that we are not only in contact with Pakistani’s and Bangladeshi’s in the U.K, and if we were to go out of our comfort zone and travel if need be to areas where there are many Muslims from all over the world, such as public lectures, universities, Mosques (ridding this “loyalty to only one” concept many have) etc. We will surely be in touch with the wider Ummah more effectively, as well as those influential in their communities here and back home. There are many styles to adopt in contacting the Ummah that can be a part of the method of the Prophet (saw) but this also requires an organised entity (a party) to direct you and work together in tandem.

          • Abu Thani

            Salaam bro, I dont think that you’ve quite got to the core of my question which you touched on slightly. I one hundred percent agree that the ummah is linked via its thoughts and ideas as this is based upon the Qur’an and Sunnah and some semblance of revival is taking place. You mentioned HT as a party which is wanting to take leadership of the populace in Arabic speaking countries I presume? How does giving dawah to Muslims predominantly from the Sub Continent facilitate change in Arabic speaking countries as there is no social or language link these lands? You cannot expect a average citizen of the UK with Pakistani lineage to make any change or impact on Arabic countries…if there has been then please correct me and provide examples…if not then your styles and means must change to suit the reality on the ground of the countries your party is active in.

          • Kam Post author

            Wa alaikum Assalaam.

            I’m sorry for not being clear in my responses. We have to step back a second before we answer this question. Firstly, we have to understand that establishing a party that will work on the methodology of the Prophet (saw) to make Allah’s (swt) Word the highest is obligatory. After which this party will have to share its plan of action for the Muslim lands and non-Muslim lands. This plan of action will surely be linked to the method but the styles and means can differ (as long as they are permissible styles and means). I am someone who studies the culture only but not someone who can speak in the party’s name.

            Obviously I could not explain in detail what I perceive as the plan of action and examples because it would be the same as the West explaining their plan of action in detail to secularise the Muslim world, even though we know they are doing tangible actions for this objective.

            The main point being, once you have understood that living under Islam is obligatory, based on the ayaat that we must judge by what Allah has revealed and hadith regarding the one without the bay’ah on his neck dies the death of jahilliyah, you need to seek out the party that is working in an organised manner under the methodology of the Prophet (saw) to bring back the system of Allah (swt) and maintain the revival. It is at this point you can discuss the styles and means for non Muslim lands because by not agreeing to the fact the style HT may choose in the U.K does not mean the obligation is dismissed. The one that is working towards the obligation has his sin lifted, as long as he is working to the best of his abilities and even if he does not see the change in his lifetime, he has an answer on Yawm al Qiyamah when Allah will question us on it.

            Finally, I am not saying that HT is the only group in the world that is on the correct methodology and path, they are the only one that I know of and the culture is outstanding. This culture transformed me and inshaAllah it will transform the Ummah.

            Hope this answers your doubts akhi,

  • Abu Thani

    Brother I’m not asking for intrinsic details of your parties culture or anything of the sort. All I’m asking for is evidence of tangible results on the ground of where your party is active by giving dawah to Muslims from the Sub Continent. Its like me saying I’m trying to make social change in the US and speaking to the Dutch in the Netherlands because I can communicate to them in English as they have a shared culture and language etc but I’m unable to provide you with any evidence of change in peoples thoughts and ideas..

    • Kam Post author

      Salaam Abu Thani,

      If you are seeking reassurance then I can reassure you that the majority of the Muslims I contact on a day-to-day basis are actually from the Muslim Arabic speaking lands. The party has styles and means to best effectuate and facilitate change in the Muslim lands even if we are living in Western nations. Most Arabs can speak English and most Arabs do not settle in these countries but rather they go back after they’ve completed their studies and the like.

      There are many examples of brothers/sisters going back to those lands and continuing to spread the message of Islam and the call of the party to bring about change.

      Just because you only have contact with Pakistani’s and Bangladeshi’s etc, it doesn’t mean you can’t go out of your way to meet brothers from the Arab world, we need to go out of our comfort zone and it also doesn’t mean we abandon those that are in our circle, as Da’wah is obligatory and we must enjoin the good and forbid the evil regardless – and we have to remember the wider your inner reach, the wider your outer reach will be inevitably, because people know people.