“No misfortune can happen on earth or in your own selves but is recorded in a decree before We bring it into existence, SN Smith

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“No misfortune can happen on earth or in your own selves but is recorded in a decree before We bring it into existence Surah al-Hadid 57:22-24, SN Smith

S N Smith  — March 5, 2020
 
“No misfortune can happen on earth or in your own selves but is recorded in a decree before We bring it into existence: that is truly easy for Allah: In order that ye may not despair over matters that pass you by, nor exult over favours bestowed upon you. Allah does not love those who are arrogant and boastful, who are themselves stingy (or miserly) and also urge others to be stingy. Now whosoever turns away (should know that) Allah is free all needs and All-Praiseworthy.” (Surah al-Hadid 57:22-24)
What you are experiencing at this very moment you find yourself in is what Allah has destined for you because nothing happens unless Allah decrees it to be so. As a believer, you must hold this to be true. If you don’t believe it, you may fall into despair and lose hope because not everything that happens to you is pleasant. Without this firm conviction, you will embrace the belief that you missed out on something that you were entitled to and shed many tears. And yes, dear reader, this scribe has shed many tears. But what does Allah say? He says: “No misfortune can happen on earth or in your own selves but is recorded in a decree before We bring it into existence….” This does not mean you don’t try to improve your condition if you can. But in the current moment what is taking place in your life, this very second, is Allah’s decree. This thought should also prevent you from being arrogant or boastful. Some people are given more in life than others, and that too is due to Allah’s decree. And this good fortune sometimes causes them to be stingy and entertain the thought that what they own or have achieved is due to their own intelligence or abilities and they become stingy towards those who are less fortunate. This is a grave error. If you feel superior to someone for any reason, you are failing to properly acknowledge Allah. And whether you acknowledge Him or turn away in disbelief and ingratitude, know that Allah “is free all needs and All-Praiseworthy.”
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