BLESSINGS (Barakat)

What is Barakat (Blessing)? I'll give you an example - suppose a sheep or goat is pregnant, how many lambs will they deliver? A maximum of two or three from each. Human and other meat eating animals eat the meat of the sheep or goat.

Now, if you want to buy five or ten thousand sheep, it would not be very difficult to buy them from the market. Now, suppose a dog or cat was pregnant, how many puppies or kittens will it deliver? Between four and eight. No one eats cats or dogs meat, not even beasts. If you wanted to buy a couple of thousand cats or dogs in the market, you would not find them without difficulty.

One can realise the true meaning of blessings from these two examples. God has bestowed a blessing upon goat and sheep, so even though millions of goats and cows are killed every day all over the world, they are still available to buy, but because there is no blessings on cats and dogs' meat, no one kills them intentionally, but you will hardly be able to find them because of their lack of blessings.

Therefore, if Allah (SWT) blesses a single penny of yours it is better than 1000 unblessed. So we should ask for His forgiveness in all walks of life and ask for His blessings in everything.

Once I had a friend who was an officer in a big Government Establishment when Bangladesh was still East Pakistan. He once told me that even though he himself was an honest man he could see that 95% of the people in his department were earning their living dishonestly. He found it very difficult to maintain his family of six, which included his aged father on the wage he earned at that time. During this time my own situation was much worse than his, since often I had no salary at all. For me it was a question of survival, whereas for him there was only the difficulty of stretching a poor income to support his whole family. Despite his frustration and sadness he continued to be honest and regularly discharge his duty to Allah (SWT).

One day, as we were walking together he suddenly said, "Our world is such that people with status help other people with status, and those with status help their own less fortunate relatives, giving them money, and involving them in business, but no one cares for us because we are poor, our power is zero, nothing."

I did not like to hear a Muslim speak in this way and became annoyed. I controlled my anger, however, I said to him: "True, our power is zero, but suppose their power is 9, do not forget that we are not alone, there is One with us, and that One with our power makes 10. If their power is 99 and our power is 00, then we still have the power of One with us, thus our combined power is 100. Therefore we are better than them, so why worry about them? Is Allah (SWT) not sufficient for you?"

In the Quran Allah (SWT) says (Surah Al-Anfal 9:65): "Oh Apostle! (S.A.) Raise the believers to the fight. If their are twenty amongst you with patience and persevering, they will vanquish two hundred: If a hundred, they will vanquish a thousand of the non-believers: for these are a people without understanding."

Allah (SWT) also says (Surah Al-Anfal 8:64): "Oh Apostle! (S.A.) Sufficient unto thee is God - (Unto thee and unto those who follow thee among the believers)."

Those people with status who do not care for us will suffer for their bad actions, and God willing, we shall be the winners in the long-run, because they do not see that we have an invisible power, Allah (SWT), The One. They should be concerned about their deeds and actions, not us. Those who do not obey Allah (SWT) are blind. As Allah (SWT) said in the Quran (Surah Baqarah 17-18): "Their likeness is as the likeness of one who kindeth fire, and when it sheddeth its light around Him, Allah (SWT) taketh away their light and leaveth them in darkness, where they cannot see. Deaf, dumb and blind and they return not." One of the great qualities of the believer is that - "They enjoy what is right and just, and forbid what is wrong and evil." (Q9:112)
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