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21 Oct. 2011

Abdullah bin Abbas (may Allah be pleased with him) said, “One day, I was behind the Prophet (s.a.w.), who said: ‘O boy, I shall teach you some words. Preserve Allah and Allah will preserve you. Preserve Allah and you will find Him with you. If you ask, ask Allah. If you seek help, seek the help of Allah…” (At-Timidhi) 

The above hadith tells us that one should preserve his covenant with Allah and pay attention to His rights, commands and prohibitions. One should adhere to the commands of Allah, avoid prohibited acts and never transgress the duties ordained by Him, or perform a deed which He prohibited. Whoever follows this is among those who preserve their covenant with Allah. 

 

One of the most important commands ordained by Allah which a Muslim should preserve is prayer. Allah ordered us to observe prayer as He says: “Guard strictly (five obligatory) prayers especially the middle salat.” (Al-Baqarah:238). And the most important prohibition which one should avoid is committing a sin through one’s tongue or sexual organs. Allah said: “The men and the women who guard their chastity (from illegal sexual acts) and the men and the women who remember Allah often with their hearts and tongues, Allah has prepared for them forgiveness and a great reward (Paradise).” (Al-Ahzab:35). 

Allah will preserve who preserves Him in his worldly affairs, such as his body, children, family and money. 

Whoever adheres to the commands of Allah when he is young and strong, Allah will preserve him when he is old and fragile, and will let him enjoy his hearing, sight, strength and mind. Allah may preserve a person’s offspring, because he is a good worshipper.

Allah also will preserve the religion and iman of the worshipper. Allah preserves him from falling into misleading dubious ideas and prohibited lusts. Allah will preserve his religion when he dies and He will take away his soul easily from his body.

 When a person adheres to the commands of Allah, He will support him and even give him victory. Allah (s.w.t.) said: “Truly, Allah is with those who fear Him (keep their duty unto Him), and those who are good doers.” (An-Nahl:128). 

If a person adheres to piety, Allah will be with him. Once Allah is with him, he will never be defeated, as he has the never-sleeping Guard and the never-errant Guide. Allah will be with such people whenever they may be. The Prophet (s.a.w.) said: “Be near to Allah at times of prosperity and He will be with you in times of distress.” (Ahmad).

Allah related many stories about His prophets who suffered from distress and calamity, but Allah saved them because they preserved Him. He saved Noah and the believers in the ship; saved Abraham from fire, ransomed his son after he enjoined him to sacrifice him; saved Moses and his people from the sea and drown their enemies; and saved Muhammad (s.a.w.) from his enemies. 

If a worshipper feared Allah, adhered to His commands, and performed the rights due to Him in times of prosperity, he will be near to Allah. There will be a special relation between the worshipper and his Lord. Allah will be with him in times of distress and will save him from any calamities. Allah will be near to him, love him and answer his supplications. 

In contrast, if a worshipper abandoned seeking the help of Allah, and seeks the help of other creatures, Allah will abandon him and leave him ruined. Wallahu A’lam.

(Prepared by Uztad Abdul Muhaemin Karim)