The Prophet's Advice to His Cousin (+Video)
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The Prophet’s Advice to His Cousin (+Video)

  • Editor’s note: The following text is not strictly verbatim transcript of the video. Some editorial modification were made to make the text publishable as an article.
  • About Sheikh Suhail Mulla

 

`Abdullah ibn `Abbas (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated, “One day I was riding behind the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him), when he said,

Young man, I will teach you some words. Be mindful of Allah, and He will take care of you. Be mindful of Him, and you shall find Him at your side. 

If you ask, ask of Allah. If you need help, seek it from Allah.  

Know that if the whole world were to gather together in order to help you, they would not be able to help you except if Allah had written so. And if the whole world were to gather together in order to harm you, they would not harm you except if Allah had written so. The pens have been lifted, and the pages are dry.’” (At-Tirmidhi)

In this beautiful hadith, we see our beloved Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) riding with his young cousin, `Abdullah ibn `Abbas (may Allah be pleased with him), and we see the Prophet giving advice to the young man; advice that can guide a person throughout his whole life; a blueprint for life in all of its ups and downs.

The great scholar Ibn Al-Jawzi had a beautiful comment on this hadith; he says: “I pondered over this hadith and it amazed me to the point where I almost get light-headed thinking about it.” If you realize the depth in the words of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) in this hadith, you will be overwhelmed by the same feeling.

So, here is Ibn `Abbas riding with the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) and the Prophet is giving him this valuable advice. From this we learn a lesson: time is precious!  the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) did not waste any time in his life. He seized the few moments with the young man to guide him to the right direction.

In this hadith, we can observe three main themes which, if you put them together, give you a roadmap for the proper way of life that a believer should stick to.

First: Guard Allah and He will guard you.[1]

What does the Prophet mean when he says “Guard Allah”, when He is in fact the One Who guards and protects us?

He means that we are to guard and protect the boundaries that Allah has established for us in this deen, that is, to do what Allah commands us to do and to stay away from what He forbids. The reward then will be: “He will guard you”. Allah will respond to you in the way you respond to Him. This is a concept repeated often in the Qur’an:

{…fulfil My covenant (and) I will fulfil your covenant} (Al-Baqarah 2:40)

{So remember Me; I will remember you.} (Al-Baqarah 2:152)

{O you who have believed, if you support Allah, He will support you} (Muhammad 47:7)

So whatever good deed you do with a good intention, striving towards pleasing your Lord, Allah will respond to you in a like manner. You get back what you put forth; you get out what you put in. This is how Allah Almighty deals with His servants but, of course, what Allah gives back to us is infinitely more than what we give.

Second: When you ask, ask of Allah.

The second main point in this hadith is where the Prophet says: “If you ask, ask of Allah. If you need help, seek it from Allah.

So, we find in these words tawheed in action. We acknowledge Allah Almighty as the One and only one worthy of worship and we acknowledge Him as the One to turn to for all of our needs.

The hadith teaches us another thing: Allah always answers. He is waiting for us to ask; it is you who should take the initiative.  When you do that you will find Allah waiting for you. This concept is emphasized frequently. In one hadith reported by Salaman Al-Farisi (may Allah be pleased with him), the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) tells us that a servant who raises his hands in du`aa’ will not be returned empty-handed by Allah.

So, the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) teaches us to seek anything from Allah even if it is the most minute or trivial of things; even if you want to put a food on your table tonight, ask Allah Almighty to help you to accomplish that.

Third: Allah has His own plan

And then comes third concept in this hadith:

Know that if the whole world were to gather together in order to help you, they would not be able to help you except if Allah had written so. And if the whole world were to gather together in order to harm you, they would not harm you except if Allah had written so.

So, whatever is planned by Allah is going to happen. The knowledge of that is with Allah. Your job is to seek out what is best and to turn to Allah Almighty to grant you His bounties that He keeps in store for His servants. The whole world cannot give or deprive you if that is not planned by Allah.

So, do not fight Qadar; Allah Almighty has things laid out. When something had happened, and it did not happen the way you want it to happen, do not let it get you down; do not go through life with your head sunk down to the ground because you did not get what you wanted.

Rather, be pleased with what Allah Almighty gave you. Keep striving; keep working; keep asking; keep seeking Allah’s assistance. When the result comes be pleased with it because that is what Allah Almighty willed to happen to you in the end.

So we find in this beautiful hadith three main points that guide the believer’s life:

  • First, Guard Allah: work; do what Allah Almighty wants you to do; act towards all that is good.
  • Second, when you want something ask Allah Almighty. Ask Allah to grant you barakah(blessings) in all what you do; ask Allah Almighty to make you successful. Before, during and after doing anything ask Allah to bless you, to bless what you do, to make it fruitful and to make it successful.
  • Third, after you worked and asked Allah and made du`aa’, then be content with whatever Allah Almighty gives you and whatever He puts in your hands.

When we live upon this particular way that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) prescribed, our life will be full of happiness, full of ease and full of blessings.

 


[1] This is the literal translation of the first sentence of the hadith,  rendered in the beginning of the article as “Be mindful of Allah”


 

Sheikh Suhail Mullah:

A native of Los Angeles, California, Sheikh Suhail Mulla received his bachelor’s degree from CSU Northridge in African-American Studies and a master’s degree in Social Work (MSW) from UCLA. More recently, Sheikh Suhail graduated from the world-renowned Al-Azhar University where he received his bachelor’s degree in Shari`ah (Islamic Law). He also completed a two-year Islamic Studies program at Al-Asheera Al-Muhammadiya, an Al-Azhar affiliated institute in Cairo, Egypt, where he studied under renowned Azhari scholars. Sheikh Suhail has received ijazas—authorizations to teach—in various sciences and texts, including hadith and tajweed. Sheikh Suhail has been an active member of the Southern California Muslim community for many years as a teacher, lecturer, mentor and online counselor for Muslim youth.


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