Supplication For Safety From Destitution

Question

I have read the following statement in a monthly journel 'ishrāq': "Allah Almighty has created this set up in a manner that every human being depends on the other human being." On the other hand, all mankind pray that they not become dependent on others. Is this prayer not reasonable?


Answer

There is nothing wrong with this prayer. We also pray to God that He not make us destitute to others. Amen. The dependence mentioned in the quotation is different from the one we pray to survive. We pray for our health and sustenance. We pray for health so that we could complete all the assignments before death and we do not become dependent on any of our relatives. We pray for our sustenance so that we do not need to ask even our children for help. In the above quotation, dependence implicates that to run the economy of the world both the people who invest and arrange it and those who work under them are needed. Thus, different people perform different actions to help the economy move. In short, for this kind of services, the terms muhtāj and muhtāj ilayh have been used.

Translated by: Abid Mahmood Hashmi

About the Author

Talib Mohsin


Mr Talib Mohsin was born in 1959 in the district Pakpattan of Punjab. He received elementary education in his native town. Later on he moved to Lahore and passed his matriculation from the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education Lahore. He joined F.C College Lahore and graduated in 1981. He has his MA in Islamic Studies from the University of Punjab. He joined Mr Ghamidi to learn religious disciplines during early years of his educational career. He is one of the senior students of Mr Ghamidi form whom he learnt Arabic Grammar and major religious disciplines.

He was a major contributor in the establishment of the institutes and other organizations by Mr Ghamidi including Anṣār al-Muslimūn and Al-Mawrid. He worked in Ishrāq, a monthly Urdu journal, from the beginning. He worked as assistant editor of the journal for many years. He has been engaged in research and writing under the auspice of Al-Mawrid and has also been teaching in the Institute.

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