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Trust in God spares man from Satan’s influence
When a human being has no faith, and sees nothing of the light that faith provides, then that person lives in darkness, and becomes prone to experience fear, anxiety and uncertainty. Without faith and its corollary of placing all one's trust in God, a human being becomes like a toy for Satan who bombards him with melancholy and anxiety. Soon that person will succumb to the temptation of Satan and indulge in sin.
On the other hand, a human being who believes in God and relies on Him will be immune from Satan's temptations, unwilling to listen to him: "Whenever you read the Qur'an, seek refuge with God from Satan, the accursed. For certain, he has no power over those who believe and in their Lord place their trust. He has power only over those who are willing to follow him, and who ascribe to him a share in God's divinity." (16: 98-100)
Fear of poverty is a highly important cause of anxiety. People fear poverty because it deprives them of many of the good things they enjoy. Indeed those who are very poor, may find themselves forced to go without some necessities. Moreover, even though poverty may not deprive a certain person of some necessities, it is bound to have a negative effect on his standing in society. This may lead to a feeling of dropping down the social ladder and losing other people's respect.
Psychologists have determined that security and a decent income are the most essential human needs. Indeed a human being does not normally think about the satisfaction of other needs, such as his need of love, respect and self-fulfilment, until he is certain of a minimum level of security and income.
God reminds Quraish, the Arabian tribe which lived in Makkah at the time of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), of the favors He bestowed on them as they enjoyed both: "For the tradition of Quraish, their tradition of traveling in winter and summer. Let them worship the Lord of this House, who provides them with food lest they should go hungry, and with security lest they should live in fear." (106: 1-4)
The Prophet explains that good health, together with security and provisions are the three basic essentials for man. He says: "Whoever begins his day feeling secure in his environment, enjoying good physical health, and having sufficient provisions for his day is like one in control of the whole world." (Related by At-Tirmithi and Ibn Majah).
God reassures the believers that they will have their provisions, so that they may not lose their inner peace as a result of fearing poverty. He has emphasized that their provisions, like their term of life, are determined when a person is still a fetus in the womb. This means that a person's wealth is determined by God Himself. No one may deprive anybody of anything God has willed to provide for him. He says in the Qur’an: "In heaven is the source of your sustenance (on Earth) and (of) all that you are promised. For, by the Lord of heaven and Earth, this (life after death) is the very truth. It is indeed as true as the fact that you are endowed with speech." (51: 22-23)
God speaks of a link between forgiveness, bounty and provisions. He says: "Satan promises you poverty and bids you to commit indecency, whereas God promises you His forgiveness and bounty. God is Munificent, All-Knowing." (2: 268)
As forgiveness is interlinked with God's bounty, praying for forgiveness becomes a means of release of worry and hardship. A believer knows that his sustenance will be secured, coming all unexpectedly. The Prophet says: "For anyone who regularly seeks God's forgiveness, God will provide a way out of every difficulty, a release of every hardship and sustenance from where he does not anticipate." (Related by Abu Dawood, Ibn Majah and Al-Baihaqi) A similar reward is guaranteed for piety: "To every one who is God-fearing, He (always) grants a way out (of unhappiness), and provides for him in a manner beyond all expectation." (65: 2-3)
Conversely, indulgence in sin may lead to the withdrawal of provisions. The Prophet says: "Nothing other than dutifulness increases one's term of life, and nothing changes what has been ordained except for prayer. A man may be deprived of sustenance because of a sin he may commit." (Related by Ibn Majah).
This shows that good actions coupled with faith are the best means for a goodly life, in the full sense of the word. It means a goodly life on Earth, and a handsome reward in the life to come. God says: "As for anyone, be it man or woman, who does righteous deeds, and is a believer at the same time, We shall most certainly cause him to live a good life; and most certainly shall We grant to such as these their reward in accordance with the best that they ever did." (16: 97)
With the light of faith and obedience to God, no room is left for any fear of poverty. Scholars with good understanding of the Qur'an and Hadith maintain that no pious and God-fearing person will ever experience poverty. How could he when the One who provides for all creatures ensures his provisions?
[i]By Dr Muhammad Kamal Al-Shareef - Arab News - 15 May 2000[/i]
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