Rizq (sustenance) comes from Allah Ta’ala. This we all believe in and fully accept. It is also undeniable that we all desire Barakaah in what Allah Ta’ala has ordained for us in terms of our sustenance but unbeknown to many, a provision exists, before Allah Ta’ala places His hand in our rizq thereby giving us the much desired barakaah. The following incident of Nabi Moosa Alaihis Salaam gives us the prescription for Barakaah. Sadly this is the missing ingredient in our lives today.

There was once an old man in the time of Nabi Moosa Alaihis Salaam who’s only pre-occupation was worshipping Allah Ta’ala in every form he could. This he did day in and day out. His sustenance for the day was just one loaf of bread. For years he lived on just this one loaf of bread.

One day Nabi Moosa Alaihis Salaam happened to walk past the old man. When the old man recognized who he was he thought to himself, “Here is my chance to send a message to Allah Ta’ala via His great Nabi.”

He greeted Nabi Moosa Alaihis salaam and somewhat falteringly he said, “O Nabi of Allah Ta’ala, the next time you speak to Allah Ta’ala can you please request on my behalf that He increases my rizq. For as long as I can remember my rizq was this single loaf of bread per day. I wish for a little more. Please make this request to Allah Ta’ala. If you O Moosa Alaihis Salaam ask Him I’m sure He will grant me more….”

Nabi Moosa Alaihis Salaam acceded to the man’s request and said that he will ask Allah Ta’ala to increase his sustenance.

Upon making this request to Allah Ta’ala Nabi Moosa Alaihis Salaam was told by Allah Ta’ala that this was the sustenance ordained by Allah Ta’ala for the old man. One loaf of bread was all that he will get.

This was relayed to the old man by Nabi Moosa Alaihis Salaam and much to the amazement of Nabi Moosa Alaihis Salaam, the old man began clapping his hands in glee and jumping with joy. On enquiring from him the reason for this particular behaviour-after all his request was rejected which in normal circumstances would warrant sadness instead of happiness and joy the old man replied,” If it is written by Allah Ta’ala that I will always receive just one loaf of bread for the rest of my life so it shall be!!! I have nothing to worry about. At least I will always receive one loaf of bread for the rest of my life….” Saying this the old man returned and busied himself with his acts of devotion to Allah. Ta’ala.

As the months passed, the old man’s peace and tranquillity increased with the knowledge that he need not worry about his sustenance for the future as it was already decreed by Allah Ta’ala even though it was just a loaf of bread. This conviction enabled him to focus more on his worship of Allah Ta’ala, which led to him having less time to focus on food, and even less time to eat. A time soon came where from eating one loaf of bread, the old man barely managed eating half a loaf.

What remained of the loaf of bread every day, was put in a corner. Soon, the pile in the corner began to increase and it was soon that the pile of bread became a huge heap.

One morning a herdsman was passing through the village and stopped to speak to the old man. He told the old man that he was looking for hay for his livestock but there was none to be found.

The old man said to him, “Why don’t you take this heap of stale bread that is lying here, soften it with water and feed it to your animals.” The herdsman was delighted-at least his animals would have something to eat. He quickly gathered the pile of bread, took it to his place and fed it to his animals who quickly gobbled up everything.

In gratitude to the old man for his kindness the herdsman gifted him a nanny goat the next day.

Days turned into months and months into years. And one day Nabi Moosa Alaihis Salaam happened to pass by the old man’s place. He stopped to see how the old man was doing more so after his request was rejected by Allah Ta’ala. To his astonishment he found that the spot where the old man used to sit was now transformed into a lush and beautiful garden.

There were fruit trees growing nearby and animals grazing not very far away. Not far from here there was a field with abundance of grain. A general atmosphere of abundance and well-being was perceived by Nabi Moosa Alaihis Salaam.

On enquiring as to who the owner of all that he had just seen was, Nabi Moosa Alaihis Salaam was told that it belonged to the old man.

Puzzled and confused because he knew what was written in the old man’s destiny-a single loaf of bread per day Nabi Moosa Alaihis Salaam was determined to find out how this had changed. The old man was destined to have just a single loaf of bread every day but now he had much more than that.

On asking Allah Ta’ala for an explanation he was told that one loaf of bread was the rizq (sustenance) that had been written for the old man. Everything else that he had seen from the fruit trees, the livestock and fields of crops were the divine blessings (Barakaah) which only came about because of the old man’s full and whole-hearted acceptance of the one loaf of bread that was written for him as his sustenance.

This was the old man’s reward for His total acceptance of Allah Ta’ala’s decree and His total trust in the provision of Allah Ta’ala. The barakaah (abundance) was the result of his shift in focus from what he wanted, to enjoying what he had, to such a degree that even after eating as much as he wanted, he still had some left. Being contend with what he had Allah Ta’ala diminished his needs to half a loaf of bread. And then his generosity and willingness to share compounded the barakaah in his life.

Rizq and sustenance is written. Barakaah comes when we are happy and contend with what Allah Ta’ala has written for us even if it may seem little. Barakaah comes when we are generous with what we have and most importantly grateful for everything that Allah Ta’ala has bestowed upon us!

Looking into our lives and our attitudes to what we have we need to ask ourselves if we are deserving and worthy of Barakaah.

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