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Returning to Allah at the beginnings is of the Signs of Success at the ends

MIT
2/6/2017
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Ibn Atta’illah As-Sakandari is known of his words of wisdom which reflects the contents of the divine revelations of Islam (the Qur’an and the sunnah). A collection of his sayings is found in his book:  Al-Hikam (Words of Wisdom, and the above topic is a reflection of one his sayings that goes as: A sign of success in the end is to refer to Allah in the beginning. If there is no sunrise in the beginning, there is no sunrise in the end.”

This word of wisdom by Ibn Atta’ here points towards one of the most important tradition of our beloved Prophet (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him): Every action that does not begin by invoking the praise of Allah is not blessed“. (Al-Bayhaqi)

That is referring to Allah in the beginning of every endeavor and any religious and worldly initiative leads to greater achievement in the end. A study of the biography of our beloved Prophet supports the above

Ways of Returning to Allah in the beginnings of every work

As already mentioned, the holy Prophet Muhammad (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) taught humanity something unique, which is how to start every daily action with a way of mentioning Allah that suits that action. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said as mentioned earlier: “Every action that does not begin by invoking the praise of Allah is not blessed“. (Al-Bayhaqi)

Therefore, we have to start every action in the name of Allah. If you are giving a speech, you have to start it by sending peace and blessings upon the Prophet (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) and praising Allah Almighty. If you are starting an act of worship, you have to start with remembering Allah with pure intention. You do not have to start your prayers by ‘mentioning’ that you have an intention to pray, but it is the Prophet’s tradition to start your prayer with this supplication:

I turn my face in complete devotion to The One, The Originator of the heavens and the earth and I am not of the idolaters“.

The legalization of the prayer of Istikhara is another proof in favor of the above claim. Istikhara briefly is a kind of a non-obligatory prayer offered in seeking the divine guidance of Allah and His choice in a particular endeavor one intends to embark upon. In a hadith narrated by Abu Daawud and Tirmidhi on the authority of Jabir bin ‘Abdullah: The Prophet (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) used to teach his companions the way of doing istikhara (thus to ask Allah to guide one to the right sort of action concerning any job or a deed), in all matters as he taught them  the chapters of the Quran.

Also seeking Allah’s help before embarking on any initiative is a form of returning to Allah, which most surely yields successful results in the end even if it apparently shows negative outcome in the calculation of the individual’s limited and weak imagination. This must also be done with patience and forbearance in waiting for results. Allah says;

وَٱسْتَعِينُوا۟ بِٱلصَّبْرِ وَٱلصَّلَوٰةِ ۚ وَإِنَّهَا لَكَبِيرَةٌ إِلَّا عَلَى ٱلْخَٰشِعِينَ

And seek help through patience and prayer. But it is difficult, except for the devout. (Al-Baqara :45)

In the first decisive battle between the young growing Muslim community and the infidels of Quraish whose army numbered almost in thousands against the three hundred Muslims, the Holy Prophet (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) returned to Allah and fervently implored His help before the rage of the battle, and the results was this few Muslims defeating the highly numbered and the well-armed infidels taking most of them as captives, thus; Returning to Allah at the beginnings is of the Signs of Success at the ends.

This rule applies to everything, even in the comparison between this present live and the next life. For example, the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said that one of the seven persons whom Allah would give protection with His Shade on the Day when there would be no shade but that of Him is “a youth who grew up with the worship of Allah”.(Al-Bukhari and Muslim) This young man or woman perfected the beginnings of their life, therefore Allah granted them success in the end and protected them under His Shade.

On the contrary, if one commits forbidden acts in the beginning, surely the end will be a state of failure. Allah says:

إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ لَا يصْلِحُ عَمَلَ ٱلْمُفْسِدِينَ

{ God does not foster the efforts of the corrupt." }.(Yunus 10: 81)

This is because doing the things that Allah made unlawful results in failure and obliterates the blessings.






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