Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Why do people die of hunger if their provision has been decreed by Allaah?


If Allah has ordained the
"rizk" for everyone then why do people die of starvation.

Praise be to Allaah.

Allaah is al-Razzaaq (the Provider) and the
best of those who give provision. “And no moving (living) creature is there on
earth but its provision is due from Allaah” [Hood 11:6 – interpretation of the
meaning]. The rizq (provision) of Allaah will not be brought by the carefulness of the
miser, nor will it be prevented by the hostility of one who does not want it to come to
another. It is part of the Wisdom of Allaah that He differentiates between His slaves in
their provision just as He differentiates between them in their physical creation and
their attitudes. So He gives in abundance to whomever He wills and gives little to
whomever He wills. He may give plenty to some people and little to others. He is the One
Who guarantees the provision of His slaves according to His prior knowledge and decree.
Allaah knows and decrees that some of His slaves will be given plenty and some will be
given little; He has reasons for that that are beyond our comprehension. In His wisdom, He
gives plenty or gives little as a test for His slaves, testing them with blessings or with
calamities, as He says (interpretation of the meaning):

“and We shall make a trial of you with evil and with
good” [al-Anbiya’ 21:35]

Allâh says (interpretation of the meaning):

“But when He tries him be straitening his means of
life, he says: ‘My Lord has humiliated me!” [al-Fajr 89:16]

But then Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning): “Nay!”
[al-Fajr 89:16], meaning, it is not as he thinks; Allaah blesses whoever he wills and
makes things difficult for whomever He wills, and this is a test, not a sign of honour or
humiliation. By means of this test, it becomes apparent who is grateful and patient, and
who is the opposite. And Allaah is the Knower of all things.

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