إِنَّ لله فِي كُلِّ نِعْمَةٍ حَقّاً، فَمَنْ أَدَّاهُ زَادَهُ مِنْهَا، وَمَنْ قَصَّرَ مِنْهُ خَاطَرَ بِزَوَالِ نِعْمَتِهِ۔
Surely in every blessing there is a right of Allah. If one discharges that right Allah increases the blessing, and if one falls short of doing so one stands in danger of losing the blessing.
— Imam Ali a.s.
(Nahj al-Balagha — Peak of Eloquence: Hadith #244)
In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. All praise is due to Allah, the Lord of all worlds. May peace and blessings be upon our beloved Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ), his pure progeny, and his noble companions.
In this profound hadith of Imam Ali (عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ), he highlights the concept of acknowledging and fulfilling the rights of Allah in every blessing that we receive. The Arabic word (ni'mah) "نِعْمَةٍ" refers to blessings, favors, or bounties bestowed upon us by Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَىٰ). It encompasses both material and spiritual blessings, such as health, wealth, knowledge, guidance, and countless other blessings that we often take for granted.
Imam Ali (عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ) emphasizes that every blessing carries with it a right that belongs to Allah. This means that we have a responsibility to recognize and fulfill the obligations associated with the blessings we receive. By fulfilling these rights, we demonstrate gratitude and obedience to our Creator. On the other hand, if we neglect or fall short in discharging these rights, we risk losing the blessings altogether.
To further understand the significance of fulfilling the rights of Allah in our blessings, let us turn to the Quran for guidance. Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَىٰ) says in Surah Al-Isra (17:80):
And say: My Lord! Cause me to come in with a firm incoming and to go out with a firm outgoing. And give me from Thy presence a sustaining Power.
This verse highlights the importance of seeking Allah's guidance and support in all our affairs. When we acknowledge the rights of Allah in our blessings, we are essentially seeking His guidance and sustenance to ensure that we utilize those blessings in a way that pleases Him. By doing so, we establish a strong connection with Allah and ensure that our blessings are preserved and increased.
Another verse that sheds light on the concept of fulfilling the rights of Allah is found in Surah Al-Baqarah (2:152):
So remember Me; I will remember you. And be grateful to Me and do not deny Me.
This verse emphasizes the importance of gratitude and remembrance of Allah. When we fulfill the rights of Allah in our blessings, we are expressing our gratitude to Him for His countless favors upon us. By remembering Him and being grateful, we strengthen our relationship with Him and open the doors for further blessings and mercy.
Imam Ali's (عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ) hadith serves as a reminder for us to be conscious of the rights of Allah in every blessing we receive. It urges us to reflect upon the purpose and responsibility associated with those blessings. When we fulfill the rights of Allah, we not only preserve and increase our blessings but also strengthen our relationship with our Creator.
For example, if we are blessed with wealth, it is our duty to fulfill the rights of Allah by giving a portion of it in charity and supporting those in need. By doing so, we acknowledge that the wealth is a trust from Allah and that we have a responsibility to use it in a way that benefits others and pleases Him. By fulfilling this right, we not only increase our blessings but also contribute to the betterment of society and the fulfillment of the rights of others.
Similarly, if we are blessed with knowledge, it is our duty to utilize it for the benefit of humanity and to seek knowledge that is pleasing to Allah. By sharing knowledge, guiding others towards the truth, and using our knowledge to make positive contributions, we fulfill the rights of Allah in this blessing. This not only increases our knowledge but also enables us to be a source of guidance and inspiration for others.
In conclusion, Imam Ali's (عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ) hadith serves as a powerful reminder for us to recognize and fulfill the rights of Allah in every blessing we receive. By doing so, we not only preserve and increase our blessings but also strengthen our relationship with our Creator. Let us strive to be mindful of the rights of Allah and fulfill them to the best of our abilities, seeking His pleasure and seeking to benefit ourselves and others in this world and the Hereafter. May Allah grant us the wisdom and guidance to fulfill the rights of His blessings.
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