My Lord is My Provider
When I was a Christian, we used to sing a song that I loved “Jehovah Jirah”.. which is Hebrew for “My Provider”.
As a Muslim I have come to understand the significance of those words over and over again. The past few years have been a test of faith. They have not been easy in many respects, yet the one sure reality that I have learned through these testing years is that “Jehovah Jirah IS MY Provider, or as we say in Islam He Allah SWT is Ar Razzaq which is Arabic for Provider. In the translation of Surah 51:58 Allah says ““Verily, Allah is the All-Provider, Owner of Power, the Most Strong”
I remember as a new Muslim being confronted with a new reality that released freedom in me in a way that I had never known before. What is for me cannot pass me and what is not for me will pass me.
Abu al-‘Abbas ‘Abdullah bin ‘Abbas, radiyallahu anhuma, reported: One day I was behind the Prophet, sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam, and he said to me:
“O young man, I shall teach you some words [of advice] : Be mindful of Allah, and Allah will protect you. Be mindful of Allah, and you will find Him in front of you. If you (have need to) ask, ask of Allah; and if you seek help, seek help from Allah. Know that even if the Nation (or the whole community) were to gather together to benefit you with something, they would not benefit you with anything except that which Allah has already recorded for you, and that if they gather together to harm you with something, they would not be able to harm you with anything except that which Allah has already recorded against you. The pens have been lifted and the pages have dried.”
[Al-Tirmidhi relates this and says: It is a good, genuine Hadith]
In a version other than that of al-Tirmidhi it reads:
“..Be mindful of Allah, you will find Him before you. Get to know Allah in prosperity and He will know you in adversity. Know that what has passed you by was not going to befall you; and that what has befallen you was not going to pass you by. And know that victory comes with patience, relief with affliction, and ease with hardship.”
The significance of these words have carried me through the tests of the years
1. Everything that I need is coming to me.. it’s already written for me and is part of the qadr of Allah. .. therefore how can I worry, complain or be anything but thankful for the things that happen to me, the provision provided for me or the reality of my life at any given time.. they are part of the provision of my Lord that He promises benefit me.
2. No matter what trial or test I am passing through.. my Lord promises the provision of ease and relief even in the middle of the most difficult of trials.
3. My provision can come from any number of places, but in the end.. it all comes from MY PROVIDER.. who chooses the means and method it comes to me. .. my responsibility is to seek His help and His provision. and what is for me will not pass me.
Can anyone have a stronger or more firm foundation to build their life on
than this reality? Truly He is Ar Razzaq. .. THE PROVIDER AND MY PROVIDER…
Sister Saleemah Adams