مَنْ رَضِيَ بِالقَدَرِ اسْتَخَفَّ بِالغِيَرِ۔

One who is satisfied with the decree [of Allah] takes the changing circumstances [of his life] lightly.



One who is satisfied with the decree [of Allah] takes the changing...

— Imam Ali a.s.
(Ghurar al-Hikam: Being Pleased And Satisfied)

Personal Reflection

In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. May peace and blessings be upon our beloved Prophet Muhammad (), his pure progeny, and his noble companions.

The provided Hadith of Imam Ali (عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ) states,

One who is satisfied with the decree [of Allah] takes the changing circumstances [of his life] lightly.

This Hadith emphasizes the importance of accepting and being content with the divine decree of Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَىٰ) and its impact on our lives.

Let us delve into the meaning of some important words in this Hadith. The word (radiya) "رَضِيَ" means to be pleased, satisfied, or content. It implies a state of inner peace and tranquility that comes from accepting and embracing the will of Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَىٰ). The word (al-qadar) "القَدَرِ" refers to the divine decree or predestination of Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَىٰ), encompassing everything that happens in the universe.

To understand the profound wisdom behind this Hadith, let us turn to the Quran for guidance. Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَىٰ) says in Surah Al-Hadid (57:22),

No disaster strikes upon the earth or among yourselves except that it is in a register before We bring it into being - indeed that, for Allah, is easy.

This verse reminds us that every event, whether it is perceived as good or bad, is part of Allah's divine plan. Therefore, as Muslims, we should trust in His wisdom and accept His decree with contentment.

Furthermore, in Surah Al-Baqarah (2:216), Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَىٰ) states,

But perhaps you hate a thing and it is good for you; and perhaps you love a thing and it is bad for you. And Allah knows, while you know not.

This verse highlights the limited nature of our understanding compared to the comprehensive knowledge of Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَىٰ). Sometimes, what we perceive as unfavorable or difficult may actually be a means of growth, purification, or protection from greater harm. Therefore, being content with Allah's decree allows us to navigate through the changing circumstances of life with ease and trust in His wisdom.

Imam Ali (عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ), known for his deep knowledge and wisdom, reminds us of the consequences of being satisfied with the divine decree. When we embrace Allah's decree, we are able to face the challenges and trials of life with resilience and patience. We understand that every difficulty is an opportunity for spiritual growth and a means of drawing closer to Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَىٰ). This contentment also protects us from falling into despair or resentment, as we recognize that everything that happens is ultimately for our own benefit.

Moreover, being content with the decree of Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَىٰ) allows us to maintain a balanced perspective. We are not swayed by the fluctuations of worldly circumstances, as our focus remains on pleasing Allah and seeking His pleasure. This contentment frees us from the shackles of materialism and worldly attachments, enabling us to prioritize our eternal life over temporary gains.

In conclusion, the Hadith of Imam Ali (عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ) teaches us the importance of being satisfied with the divine decree of Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَىٰ). By accepting His decree and embracing the changing circumstances of life, we can navigate through challenges with ease and trust in His wisdom. This contentment leads to spiritual growth, resilience, and a balanced perspective, freeing us from the anxieties of this world. May Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَىٰ) grant us the ability to be content with His decree and grant us peace and tranquility in all aspects of our lives.

. : . (Readers are advised to verify the sources mentioned above, and to independently research for an accurate understanding of Hadith. Remember, personal research and seeking guidance from scholars are essential in gaining a better insight. Please, do contact us if you find any wrong citations or explanations.)

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