18. AR-RAZZAAQ – THE SUSTAINER
The One Who, Alone, provides for all His creatures without forgetting anyone or anything. The Giver of livelihood, nourishment and cover for the body, and for the soul, knowledge and guidance.
Just as the biggest hiba is guidance, rizq (provision) is also not limited to food and material sources. Rather, the best of rizq is Taqwa and the love of Allah and His habeeb sallAllahu ‘alaihi wa sallam. Allah has provided enough for all on earth. But, it is man’s greed and corruption that causes epidemic of poverty and oppression. Yet, the ones who truly expect from their Lord are given just as Maryam was given from her Rabb.
When you know that Allah is ar-Razzaaq, you know that He is taking care of your affairs as long as you keep trying. The ultimate challenge is to trust your affairs unto Him. Truly, acknowledgement of His rizq will lead to rida (contentment).
However, let not those who say that Allah is ar-Razzaaq and then do nothing to achieve that rizq fool you. Rather, be like the bird that goes out in search of food, and comes back content to the nest at night, fed by its Rabb, and still having done all in its power.
“And there is no creature on earth but that upon Allah is its provision [rizq], and He knows its place of dwelling and place of storage. All is in a clear register.” [Quran, 11:6]