Al-Qabid (The Taker)

“Who will lend to Allah a goodly loan so that He may multiply it for him many times? And it is Allah who takes and increases [your provisions] and unto Him shall be your return.” (Surah al-Baqarah [2]:245)

“And they made not a just estimate of Allah such as is due to Him. On the Day of Resurrection His Hand will grasp the whole of the earth and the heavens will be rolled up in His Right Hand. Glorified be He, High is He above all that they associate as partners with Him!” (Surah az-Zumar[39]:67)

All praises be to Allah who is known by the Beautiful Name , al-Qabid, the Taker. He is the One who gives provisions freely and gives life to the hearts. He is also the One who takes the provisions and souls, as He wills. All of this is in accordance with His wisdom and mercy.

Allah is of course the sole Owner of everything. All forms of life and wealth actually belong to Him. He gives wealth to some people and He also takes it away, in accordance with His wisdom.  He gives health to some people and He also takes it away in accordance with His wisdom. Yet whether or not He has bestowed on us these things, or taken them away, we should be grateful to Him.

In fact Allah tests those to whom He grants wealth, in order to see how they use this blessing, and if they are grateful to Him. He also restricts the wealth of others in order to test their gratefulness, and to assist them in turning to Him for their needs. Hence, whatever people lack or possess are not gains for them; rather, they are a test from Allah to see whether they want the life of this world or the next. Allah tells us in the Qur’an:

“So keep your duty to Allah and fear Him as much as you can; listen and obey, and spend in charity ; that is better for yourselves. And whosoever is saved from his own covetousness, then they are the successful ones.” (Surah at-Taghabun, 64:16)

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