The blessings of righteousness

Promised Messiah

We should always appraise the degree to which we have progressed in righteousness and piety. The criterion for this is the Quran. From among the hallmarks of the righteous, one sign manifested by Allah the Exalted in favour of a pious one is that He frees them from the unpleasant things of this world and Himself becomes the Guardian of their affairs. Allah the Exalted states:

وَمَنْ یَّتَّقِ اللہَ یَجْعَلْ لَّہُ مَخْرَجاً وَّیَرْزُقْہُ مِنْ حَیْثُ لَا یَحْتَسِبُ

“And he who fears Allah — He will make for him a way out, and will provide for him from where he expects not.”

Allah the Exalted delivers a person who fears Him from any affliction that may befall him, and grants him provision from where he expects not. In other words, one sign of a righteous person is that Allah the Exalted does not enslave him to the recourse of immoral ways and means. For example, a shopkeeper believes that his business cannot operate without the support of falsehood; for this reason he does not refrain from deception and expresses the need for speaking lies. However, this so-called need is completely unjustified. God Almighty becomes the Protector of a righteous person and saves him from such instances as would compel them to speak untruths. Remember, when a person abandons Allah the Exalted, God forsakes such a person as well. Moreover, when the Merciful God leaves a person, Satan definitely develops a relationship with such a one.

Think not that Allah Almighty is weak. Indeed, He is the possessor of immense power. When you put your trust in Him for support in any matter, He shall come to your aid.

وَمَنْ یَّتَوَکَّلْ عَلَی اللہِ فَھُوَ حَسْبُہٗ

(Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmadas, Malfuzat, Vol. 1, pp. 10-11

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