Explanation of AtTalaaq Verse about atTaqwaa وَمَن يَتَّقِ اللَّهَ يَجْعَل لَّهُ مَخْرَجًا
Allah said in atTalaaq 2-3:
وَمَن يَتَّقِ اللَّهَ يَجْعَل لَّهُ مَخْرَجًا. وَيَرْزُقْهُ مِنْ حَيْثُ لا يَحْتَسِبُ، وَمَن يَتَوَكَّلْ عَلَى اللَّهِ فَهُوَ حَسْبُهُ، إِنَّ اللَّهَ بَالِغُ أَمْرِهِ، قَدْ جَعَلَ اللَّهُ لِكُلّ شَيْءٍ قَدْرًا
These verses mean: Allah facilitates relief of hardship for the one who exercises piety. Allah provides the Muslim with sustenance from sources which one never expects. Whoever relies on Allah, Allah will suffice one. Verily, Allah fulfils His Will and everything is predestined by Him.
Imam Ahmad in his book AlMusnad and Imam AlHakim in his book AlMustadrak narrated through the route of Abu Dharr that the Prophet peace be upon him recited this ayah then said to Abu Dharr: Oh, Abu Dharr, if people plan their life around the principles of this ayah, it will suffice them”.
AtTaqwa ‘piety’ or ‘righteousness’ means to fulfil all the obligations and to avoid all the prohibitions.
In his interpretation of these verses, Ibn ‘Abbas said: Those who fulfil the obligations and avoid the prohibitions will be saved in this life and the Hereafter.
It also follows that Allah will bestow upon the righteous his abundant sustenance.
Being pious is a reason for Muslim’s success, hardship relief and raising of one’s religious status, while committing sins is a reason for deprivation and misery.
Ibn Hibban, AlHakim and others narrated that the Prophet said: one would be deprived of sustenance because of the sins one commits.
Some scholars explained the hadith further by saying: Committing sins would deprive one of numerous endowments in this life. The sinner might be deprived of being healthy or wealthy or the like. Sins might also be a reason for one to forget what one has memorized of the Islamic Knowledge or a reason for one to be disrespected and abandoned by his Muslim brothers, wife and relatives.
Dear Muslims, obey Allah the Lord of the worlds, by performing the obligations and avoiding the sins, and by following the path of his honorable Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him.
Rely on Allah the Exalted. Relying on Allah means to believe firmly that Allah is the One Who creates both the benefit and the harm.
No one can benefit you with anything which Allah did not Will for you to get. No one can impose any harm on you if Allah did not Will for that harm to happen to you. As a result of this firm belief, one should always rely on Allah in obtaining sustenance and other benefits.
The Prophet peace be upon him said: If you have genuine reliance on Allah, Allah will provide you with the sufficient sustenance you need, just like the birds that fly out of their nests in the morning with empty stomachs and return in the afternoon with full stomachs.
Dear Muslims, know that there is no contradiction between relying on Allah and taking the needed steps for one’s successful achievement. The Prophet peace be upon him taught the man who asked him whether or not he should tie his camel. The Prophet said to him: Tie it and rely on Allah.
In the end we ask Allah to make us amongst those who always rely on Him and grant us piety, ameen.