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 Instead ask One who has ordered you to ask Him

Asking Allaah expresses servitude of a profound nature because in doing so, one displays his need of Him and acknowledges His ability of answering that need. To ask a created object is oppressive because that object is unable to produce good for itself, or repress harm from itself, let alone do so for another!To ask of it is to put something that is unable in the place of One who is able.

The meaning is testified to by the hadith in Sahih Muslim on the authority of Abu Dharr that the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) said (Allaah says:), “My servants! If the first and last of you, the man and jinn of you, stood in one plain and asked of Me, and I grant every one his request, it would not decrease what is with Me except as a needle decreases the (volume) of an ocean when dipped in it” (Muslim)

Tirmidhee and others record an additional wording “…and that is because I am Generous, Rich beyond need, Glorious. I do what I wish. My gift is a word and My punishment is a word. When I wish a thing to be, I only say, ‘Be!’ and it is.” (Tirmidhee graded Hasan)

So how can one who is needy and incapable be asked yet the One who is rich and able be left?! This is truely astonishing!

One of the Salaf said, ‘I am ashamed to ask Allaah for anything of this world even though He owns it, so how can I possibly ask someone who does not own it?! ‘ i.e an object of creation.

One of the Salaf came upon difficult times and decided to ask one of his brothers for help. He saw a person in a dream saying,

Is it acceptable for one who is free,

When he finds all he wants with Allaah,

To incline his heart towards the servant?

He awoke to find that he was, amongst people, the most content of heart.

One of the Salaf said,I read the following in one of the heavenly scriptures:

“Allaah, Mighty and Magnificent, says, ‘Is someone other than Me hoped for during adversity?! Adversity is in my hand and I am the Ever-Living, the Self-Sustaining.  Someone other than Me is hoped for and his door is knocked on in the early hours?!  In My hands are the keys to all treasures and My door is open to whoever invokes Me!  Who can say that he placed his hope in Me during hardship yet I cut him off?  Who can say that he placed his hope in Me during adversity and I cut short his hope?  Who can say that he knocked on My door and I did not open it for him? I am the source of hopes, so how can hopes be severed before Me?  Am I a miser such that the servant finds me niggardly?  Is not the world, the Hereafter, kindness and grace entirely with Me?  What prevents the hopers from placing their hope in Me?  Were I to gather the inhabitants of the heavens and earth and grant each and everyone of them what I grant all of them together, and were I to fulfil the hope of each one of them, My dominion would not be decreased an atoms weight!  How can a dominion decrease, the sustainer of which is Me?  Wretched is the state of those who disobey Me and boldly encroach My proscriptions!” ‘

Allaah loves to be asked and is angry at someone who does not ask Him. He wants His servants to desire Him, to ask Him, to invoke Him and show their need of Him.

He loves those who are earnest and persistent in supplication. Creation generally hates being asked because it is in need and incapable.

Ibn al-Sammak said, ‘Ask not one who will run away from you rather than listen to your request, instead ask One who has ordered you to ask Him.

Abu’l- Ataiyyah said,

Allaah is angry if you leave asking Him

The child of Adam is angry when you ask Him

Direct your request to Allaah since

In our Lords blessings do we vacillate.

Yahya ibn Mu’adh would say, ‘O You who is angry at whoever does not ask of You, do not hold back from someone who does ask You!’

Allaah, Most High, requests His servants to ask of Him. Every night He calls out, ‘Is there one asking of Me that I may give im? Is there one invoking Me that I may respond?’ (-Bukhari & Muslim)

Allaah, The Most High says,

وَإِذَا سَأَلَكَ عِبَادِى عَنِّى فَإِنِّى قَرِيبٌ‌ۖ أُجِيبُ دَعۡوَةَ ٱلدَّاعِ إِذَا دَعَانِ‌ۖ

If My servant asks you about Me, I am near. I answer the call of the caller when he calls on Me” (2:186)

Regardless of what time the servant supplicates to Him, he will find Him hearing, close and responsive; there will be no screen between the two and no sentry at the door. Were he to ask a created being, quickly would he find barriers erected, doors being closed and he will find it very difficult to reach the person most of the time.

~Ibn Rajab al Hanbali: Nuru’l l-Iqtibas fi Mishkat Wasiyyah al Nabi li’bn ‘Abbaas
The Legacy of the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) Eng trans. pg. 76-79

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Explanation Of The Hadeeth: “No human ever filled a vessel worse than the stomach…”

On the authority of Al-Miqdaam ibn Maadiy-Karib who said: I heard the Messenger of Allaah saying:

“No human ever filled a vessel worse than the stomach. Sufficient for any
s on of Aadam are some morsels to keep his back straight. But if it must
be, then one third for his food, one third for his drink and one third
for his breath
.” [Ahmad, At-Tirmidhee, An-Nasaa’ee, Ibn Maajah – hadeeth saheeh.]

1. Ibn Masaweh, a Muslim doctor, said after reading this hadeeth:
“If the people only used these words, they would avoid all diseases and maladies and the clinics and pharmacies would be idle.”

2. Another doctor, Al-Harith ibn Kalada said:
“That which has killed mankind is the introduction of food on top of food before it has been digested.”

3. As for spiritual benefits: humbleness of
heart, strength of understanding, lessening of lower desires, lessening
of personal opinions and anger, while overeating induces the opposites
of all of those. Al-Hasan Al-Basree said:

“O, son of Adam, eat with one third of your stomach and drink with one third
and leave one third of your stomach to breathe so that you may think.”

4. Ibn Umar: A man said to Ibn Umar:
“Shouldn’t I bring you some jawarish?” Ibn Umar said: “What is that?” He said: “Something which
aids in digesting your food after you eat.” Ibn Umar said: “I have not
eaten to being full for four months. That is not because I am not able
to do so, but I was with a group of people who were hungry more than they were full.”

5. Not reaching your goals: Muhammad ibn Wasi said: Whoever eats little will understand and make others understand and will be clear and humble. Overeating weighs a person down and keeps him from much of what he wants [to accomplish]. “

6. Al-Hasan Al-Basree: “The test of Aadam, alayhis-salaam, was food and it is your test until Qiyama.”
And, it used to be said: “Whoever takes control of his stomach gets control of all good deeds.”
And: “Wisdom does not reside in a full stomach.”
One day, Al-Hasan offered some food to his
companion who said: “I have eaten until I am no longer able to eat.” To
which Al-Hasan said:
“SubhaanAllaah! Does a Muslim eat until he is no longer able to eat?”

7. Allaah grants this world to those whom He loves and those He does not love but only grants hunger to those whom he loves.

8. Ash-Shaafi’ee said: “I have not filled myself in sixteen years because filling oneself makes
the body heavy, removes clear understanding, induces sleep and makes
one weak for worship.”

9. In Bukhaaree and Muslim:

“The believer eats with one stomach while the kafir eats with seven stomachs.”

Meaning: The believer eats with the manners of
Islam and in moderation, while the kafir eats based on desires and
gluttony and so he eats with seven stomachs.

10. Also: “Food for one is enough for two and food for two is enough for three and food for three is enough for four.”

11. Also: From Aa’ishah:
“The family of Muhammad (sal-Allaahu ‘alayhe wa sallam) never filled
themselves with wheat bread three days in a row from the time he came
to Madeenah until he passed away.”

12. A Muslim should not merely follow his appetites. Allaah said: “Then,
they were followed by generations who neglected the prayer and followed
their appetites. They will encounter a pit of fire except for those who
[Maryam 59-60]

13. The best generations did not: “The best generation is my generation, followed by the one after them then
the one after them. Then will come a people who bear witness but are
not asked to bear witness, who swear oaths but do not fulfill them and
fatness will appear among them.”
[Bukhaaree and Muslim]

14. From Abee Barza that the Prophet (sal-Allaahu ‘alayhe wa sallam) said:
“My greatest fear for you is the appetites of transgression with regard to
your stomachs and your privates and the inclinations which lead astray.”
[Ahmad and others and its narrators are people of saheeh]


  • Author: Al-Haafidh Ibn Rajab al-Hanbalee Source: Jaami’ Al-‘Uloom wal-Hikam, hadeeth no. 47

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