Ramadan Reflection – Eat from the Good

O you who have believed, eat from the good (i.e. lawful) things which We have provided for you and be grateful to God if it is (indeed) Him you worship. Quran (2:172)
As I was reading this ayah, it made me reflect on so many things. Especially as I came across it during Ramadan a time in which we tend to feast daily.
Allah here tells us to eat from that which is good. But the arabic here isnt halal but tayub. We all know we can only eat halal but how many of us eat the “good” food within the halal? Eating deep fried food all the time is not eating good. Neither is eating junk or fast food. All of these however are halal to eat.
So not only is it important for us to eat halal food we should be eating good (tayub) food. But what is good food? Most people think of salad and fruit but I think its much deeper than that. We should eat ethical, organic food. So our fruit and veg and even our meat should be ethically sourced and organic as much as possibly. We should eat everything in moderation so having a samosa once in a while is okay! But having several daily is not good for us.
Then Allah says which We have provided for you. This again made me think. We all think that we earn the money, we buy and cook the food so we provided it to our family. But no, Allah is reminding us that He provides the food. We need to change our mindset even with what we eat and how we get this food.
Then Allah tells us to be grateful. Something that I’ve noticed that we generally are not good at. We criticize the food, we complain about whats been cooked. We hardly ever thank the person who probably spent hours making the food for us. Especially if its a family member thats made it for us. If we can’t be grateful to the people who have given us the food how will we be able to be grateful to Allah?
Allah connects being grateful to Him to worshipping Him. So if we aren’t grateful for what He has provided us then will we be able to truly worship Him in the way that He deserves?
I learnt so much from one ayah. That we should eat the good halal food that Allah has provided for us. That we should be grateful to Him and that gratitude is connected to worshipping Allah.

Rizq is only from Allah 

And there is no creature on earth but that God is its provision, and He knows its place of dwelling and place of storage (before birth and after death). All is in a clear register. Quran (11:6)

We worry so much about how we will be able to afford this and this. We work and work and work trying to earn enough money to pay for all the things we want and need. Yet we forget that our rizq, our sustenance comes from Ar-Razzaq, the Provider. 

And every small and great (thing) is written. Quran (54:53)

 

Our sustenance, everything we will ever get in our lifetime has already been decided. It was decided 50,000 years before the heavens and the earth was created. Just think about that, not 50,000 years before you were born but Allah wrote in His tablet everything that will happen including our sustenance.

Say “Never will we be struck by what God has decreed for us; He is our protector” and upon God let the believers rely. Quran (9:51)

Allah knows exactly what you need and when you need it. He will provide everything for us, but don’t think that means we can just sit there and it will land in our laps, we have to work hard too. But it needs to be a balanced approach, we need to have tawakkul in Allah that He will provide us with what we need but we also know that He tells us that we have to take the first step. One of my favourite examples is when Maryam was under the palm tree alone with no one to help her during her labour, she had faith in Allah that He will help her, yet she still had to shake the palm tree to get the dates. Allah didn’t just make them fall without her having to do anything, she had to shake the tree first then Allah sent the dates. This shows me that no matter what difficulty you are in if you have tawakkul in Allah and you continue to strive hard then Allah will provide for you in ways you couldn’t even imagine.

The prophet (saw) said: Allah has appointed an angel in the womb and the angel says, “O Lord! A drop of discharge (ie. semen), O Lord! A clot, O Lord! A piece of flesh.” Then if Allah wishes to complete the child’s creation, the angel will say, ” O Lord! A male or female? O Lord! Wretched or blessed (in religion)? What will his livelihood be? What will his age be?” The angel writes all this while the child is in the womb of its mother. (Bukhari)

When a child is born it’s provision has already been decided by Allah and then written by the angel. So we should not run after the dunya as only what has already been written for us will come to us and no matter how much we want something and how hard we work to get it, if it is not decreed for us then there’s nothing we can do to get it. We should be grateful for all the blessings Allah has given us, and not compare what we have to other who seem to have more than us. We should remember that we have far more than a lot of people.
One thing we need to remember is that having faith that Allah will provide for us does not mean we can spend our money excessively and live out of our means. We need to be wise in how we use the provision given to us. So if we have an income of £1000 a month we should not spend beyond this. We should distinguish between what we need and what we want. And although Allah has said to enjoy what Allah has provided for us, He does not like people to be extravagant. Living a life within our means and being happy with what Allah has provided for us will mean we are much happier and not so stressed out.