اَلحِرمانُ خِذْلانٌ۔

Deprivation is abandonment.



Deprivation is abandonment.

— Imam Ali a.s.
(Ghurar al-Hikam: Deprivation And Frustration)

Personal Reflection

In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. Praise be to Allah, the Lord of all the worlds. Peace and blessings be upon our beloved Prophet Muhammad (), his pure progeny, the Ahl al-Bayt, and his noble companions.

The Arabic Hadith of Imam Ali (عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ) states, "الحِرمانُ خِذْلانٌ" which translates to "Deprivation is abandonment" in English. Let us delve into the significance of this Hadith in light of the Quran.

The word (deprivation) "حِرمان" refers to the state of being deprived or denied something. It implies the absence or lack of a particular blessing or opportunity. On the other hand, the word (abandonment) "خِذْلان" signifies being left alone or forsaken. It conveys a sense of being neglected or disregarded.

To understand the deeper implications of this Hadith, we can turn to the Quran for guidance. Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَىٰ) reminds us in Surah Al-Isra (17:82),

And We send not the signs except as a warning.

This verse highlights that the signs and blessings bestowed upon us by Allah are not mere coincidences, but rather intentional reminders and warnings from Him.

When we fail to recognize and appreciate these signs, we risk being deprived of the blessings they entail. This deprivation is not a punishment inflicted upon us by Allah, but rather a consequence of our own negligence and lack of gratitude. It is a form of abandonment, as we have forsaken the opportunity to benefit from the blessings that were within our reach.

Furthermore, in Surah Al-Baqarah (2:155), Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَىٰ) states,

And We will surely test you with something of fear and hunger and a loss of wealth and lives and fruits, but give good tidings to the patient.

This verse emphasizes that trials and hardships are a part of life, and they serve as tests for our faith and patience.

When we face difficulties, it is crucial to remember that they are not a form of abandonment from Allah. Rather, they are opportunities for growth and spiritual elevation. By enduring these trials with patience and seeking solace in Allah's mercy, we can transform our deprivation into a means of attaining His pleasure and blessings.

Imam Ali (عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ), known for his profound knowledge and wisdom, reminds us through this Hadith that deprivation is not a random occurrence or an act of injustice. It is a consequence of our own actions or inactions. When we neglect the signs and blessings bestowed upon us by Allah, we abandon the opportunity to benefit from His mercy and guidance.

Let us reflect upon our lives and strive to be more attentive to the signs and blessings that Allah has bestowed upon us. By recognizing and appreciating these blessings, we can avoid the state of deprivation and abandonment. May Allah (تَبَارَكَ وَتَعَالَىٰ) grant us the wisdom to perceive His signs and the gratitude to cherish His blessings.

. : . (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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