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Human Dignity

Guidance - II

Ibn Masud relates that the Holy Messenger (peace and blessings of Allah be to him) said, “If anyone is in need and asks people to meet it, he will not be permanently relieved of his trouble. But if he asks Allah for help, he will soon be relieved or he will meet his death if the appointed time is at hand or Allah will give him prosperity some time later.”

(Abū Dawood, Tirmidhi)

Islam has blessed man with human dignity and self-respect by telling him to ask for anything he needs from Allah. This hadith encourages man to present all his needs to Allah alone, for only He is the Reliever of those who are in trouble and Provider of all their needs. The supplication of Prophet Moses in the Qur’ān (28:24): “O my Lord! Truly am I in (desperate) need of any good that Thou dost send me.” – continues to be a true guide for the believers. The Qur’ān mentions that Allah did give him good support.

One who looks to others for relief, in fact, loses his dignity and self-respect, and as such can get but only some temporary relief. He will continue to beg all his life from the people who are not so large-hearted as to meet his needs or so generous as to relieve him from the indignity of begging. So his self-respect will certainly get injured. And when he has no self-respect, why should Allah save him from indignity. But if he turns to Allah at the time of need, he will soon be relieved.



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