Friday, May 29, 2015

The Greatest Bounty

The Greatest Bounty

(Date written : 29 May 2015)

1) There are many verses of Allah that talk about Bounty from HIM.

Let us understand further.

2) The root word is FA D°OD LAM and occurs 104 times in the Quran.

3) We will be among the Losers if we dont get the Bounty of Allah :

Al-Baqara : 64

ثُمَّ تَوَلَّيْتُم مِّنۢ بَعْدِ ذٰلِكَ ۖ فَلَوْلَا فَضْلُ اللَّهِ عَلَيْكُمْ وَرَحْمَتُهُۥ لَكُنتُم مِّنَ الْخٰسِرِينَ

● Then you turned away after that. And if not for the BOUNTY of Allah upon you and His RAHMAT, you would have been among the LOSERS (KHOSIRIIN). ●

4) We will be punished if we WITHHOLD the Bounty of Allah :

Aal-i-Imraan : 180

وَلَا يَحْسَبَنَّ الَّذِينَ يَبْخَلُونَ بِمَآ ءَاتٰىهُمُ اللَّهُ مِن فَضْلِهِۦ هُوَ خَيْرًا لَّهُم ۖ بَلْ هُوَ شَرٌّ لَّهُمْ ۖ سَيُطَوَّقُونَ مَا بَخِلُوا بِهِۦ يَوْمَ الْقِيٰمَةِ ۗ وَلِلَّهِ مِيرٰثُ السَّمٰوٰتِ وَالْأَرْضِ ۗ وَاللَّهُ بِمَا تَعْمَلُونَ خَبِيرٌ

● And let not those who WITHHOLD what Allah has given them of His BOUNTY (FAD°L) ever think that it is better for them. Rather, it is worse for them. Their NECKS will be ENCIRCLED by what they WITHHELD on the Day of Resurrection. And to Allah belongs the heritage of the heavens and the earth. And Allah, with what you do, is [fully] Acquainted. ●

5) Allah asks us to ask for His Bounty :

An-Nisaa : 32

وَلَا تَتَمَنَّوْا مَا فَضَّلَ اللَّهُ بِهِۦ بَعْضَكُمْ عَلٰى بَعْضٍ ۚ لِّلرِّجَالِ نَصِيبٌ مِّمَّا اكْتَسَبُوا ۖ وَلِلنِّسَآءِ نَصِيبٌ مِّمَّا اكْتَسَبْنَ ۚ وَسْـَٔلُوا اللَّهَ مِن فَضْلِهِۦٓ ۗ إِنَّ اللَّهَ كَانَ بِكُلِّ شَىْءٍ عَلِيمًا

● And do not wish for that by which Allah has made some of you exceed others. For men is a share of what they have earned, and for women is a share of what they have earned. And ASK ALLAH OF HIS BOUNTY (FAD°L). Indeed Allah is ever, of all things, Knowing. ●

6) Allah Forbide us from CONCEALING or HIDING HIS Bounty that Has Been GIVEN, one meaning of Bounty is His Provision (RIZQ) :

An-Nisaa : 37

الَّذِينَ يَبْخَلُونَ وَيَأْمُرُونَ النَّاسَ بِالْبُخْلِ وَيَكْتُمُونَ مَآ ءَاتٰىهُمُ اللَّهُ مِن فَضْلِهِۦ ۗ وَأَعْتَدْنَا لِلْكٰفِرِينَ عَذَابًا مُّهِينًا

● Who are STINGY and enjoin upon [other] people STINGINESS (BAKHIL) and CONCEAL what Allah HAS GIVEN THEM of His BOUNTY (FAD°L) - and We have prepared for the disbelievers a humiliating punishment - ●

Al-Jaathiya : 12

اللَّهُ الَّذِى سَخَّرَ لَكُمُ الْبَحْرَ لِتَجْرِىَ الْفُلْكُ فِيهِ بِأَمْرِهِۦ وَلِتَبْتَغُوا مِن فَضْلِهِۦ وَلَعَلَّكُمْ تَشْكُرُونَ

● It is Allah who subjected to you the sea so that ships may sail upon it by His command and that you may SEEK of His BOUNTY (FAD°L) ; and perhaps you will be grateful. ●

Ash-Shura : 26

وَيَسْتَجِيبُ الَّذِينَ ءَامَنُوا وَعَمِلُوا الصّٰلِحٰتِ وَيَزِيدُهُم مِّن فَضْلِهِۦ ۚ وَالْكٰفِرُونَ لَهُمْ عَذَابٌ شَدِيدٌ

● And He answers [the supplication of] those who have believed and done righteous deeds and INCREASES [for] them from His BOUNTY (FAD°L). But the disbelievers will have a severe punishment. ●

Ash-Shura : 27

وَلَوْ بَسَطَ اللَّهُ الرِّزْقَ لِعِبَادِهِۦ لَبَغَوْا فِى الْأَرْضِ وَلٰكِن يُنَزِّلُ بِقَدَرٍ مَّا يَشَآءُ ۚ إِنَّهُۥ بِعِبَادِهِۦ خَبِيرٌۢ بَصِيرٌ

● And if Allah had extended [excessively] PROVISION (RIZQ) for His servants, they would have committed tyranny throughout the earth. But He sends [it] down in an amount which He wills. Indeed He is, of His servants, Acquainted and Seeing. ●

RIZQ is one of HIS BOUNTY.

At-Tawba : 75

وَمِنْهُم مَّنْ عٰهَدَ اللَّهَ لَئِنْ ءَاتٰىنَا مِن فَضْلِهِۦ لَنَصَّدَّقَنَّ وَلَنَكُونَنَّ مِنَ الصّٰلِحِينَ

● And among them are those who made a covenant with Allah, [saying], "If He should give us from His BOUNTY (FAD°L), we will surely spend in CHARITY, and we will surely be among the righteous / continuous improvement (S°OLIHIN)." ●

At-Tawba : 76

فَلَمَّآ ءَاتٰىهُم مِّن فَضْلِهِۦ بَخِلُوا بِهِۦ وَتَوَلَّوا وَّهُم مُّعْرِضُونَ

● But when he gave them from His BOUNTY (FAD°L), they were STINGY with it and turned away while they refused. ●

7) We would have followed SYAITAN if not because the Bounty of Allah :

An-Nisaa : 83

وَإِذَا جَآءَهُمْ أَمْرٌ مِّنَ الْأَمْنِ أَوِ الْخَوْفِ أَذَاعُوا بِهِۦ ۖ وَلَوْ رَدُّوهُ إِلَى الرَّسُولِ وَإِلٰىٓ أُولِى الْأَمْرِ مِنْهُمْ لَعَلِمَهُ الَّذِينَ يَسْتَنۢبِطُونَهُۥ مِنْهُمْ ۗ وَلَوْلَا فَضْلُ اللَّهِ عَلَيْكُمْ وَرَحْمَتُهُۥ لَاتَّبَعْتُمُ الشَّيْطٰنَ إِلَّا قَلِيلًا

● And when there comes to them information about [public] security or fear, they spread it around. But if they had referred it back to the Messenger or to those of authority among them, then the ones who [can] draw correct conclusions from it would have known about it. And if not for the BOUNTY (FAD°L) of Allah upon you and His RAHMAT, you would have followed Satan, except for a few. ●

8) If Prophet and Messenger Muhammad PBUH does not receive the Bounty of Allah, surely some people are determined to Mislead him :

An-Nisaa : 113

وَلَوْلَا فَضْلُ اللَّهِ عَلَيْكَ وَرَحْمَتُهُۥ لَهَمَّت طَّآئِفَةٌ مِّنْهُمْ أَن يُضِلُّوكَ وَمَا يُضِلُّونَ إِلَّآ أَنفُسَهُمْ ۖ وَمَا يَضُرُّونَكَ مِن شَىْءٍ ۚ وَأَنزَلَ اللَّهُ عَلَيْكَ الْكِتٰبَ وَالْحِكْمَةَ وَعَلَّمَكَ مَا لَمْ تَكُن تَعْلَمُ ۚ وَكَانَ فَضْلُ اللَّهِ عَلَيْكَ عَظِيمًا

● And if it was not for the BOUNTY (FAD°L) of Allah upon you, [O Muhammad], and His RAHMAT, a group of them would have determined to mislead you. But they do not mislead except themselves, and they will not harm you at all. And Allah has revealed to you the BOOK (AL-KITAB) and Al-Hikmah and has taught you that which you did not know. And the BOUNTY (FAD°L) of Allah upon you is great. ●

9) The BOUNTY of Allah is bestowed or given to whomever He wills :

Al-Maaida : 54

يٰٓأَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ ءَامَنُوا مَن يَرْتَدَّ مِنكُمْ عَن دِينِهِۦ فَسَوْفَ يَأْتِى اللَّهُ بِقَوْمٍ يُحِبُّهُمْ وَيُحِبُّونَهُۥٓ أَذِلَّةٍ عَلَى الْمُؤْمِنِينَ أَعِزَّةٍ عَلَى الْكٰفِرِينَ يُجٰهِدُونَ فِى سَبِيلِ اللَّهِ وَلَا يَخَافُونَ لَوْمَةَ لَآئِمٍ ۚ ذٰلِكَ فَضْلُ اللَّهِ يُؤْتِيهِ مَن يَشَآءُ ۚ وَاللَّهُ وٰسِعٌ عَلِيمٌ

● O you who have believed, whoever of you should revert from his religion - Allah will bring forth [in place of them] a people He will love and who will love Him [who are] humble toward the believers, stern against the disbelievers; they strive in the cause of Allah and do not fear the blame of a critic. That is the BOUNTY (FAD°L) of Allah; He BESTOWS it upon whom He WILLS. And Allah is all-Encompassing and Knowing. ●

10) One category of BOUNTY of Allah is HIS BOOK :

Yunus : 57

يٰٓأَيُّهَا النَّاسُ قَدْ جَآءَتْكُم مَّوْعِظَةٌ مِّن رَّبِّكُمْ وَشِفَآءٌ لِّمَا فِى الصُّدُورِ وَهُدًى وَرَحْمَةٌ لِّلْمُؤْمِنِينَ

● O mankind, there has to come to you INSTRUCTION (MAU'IZ°AH) from your Lord and HEALING for what is in the breasts / mind (S°UDR) and GUIDANCE and RAHMAT for the believers. ●

Yunus : 58

قُلْ بِفَضْلِ اللَّهِ وَبِرَحْمَتِهِۦ فَبِذٰلِكَ فَلْيَفْرَحُوا هُوَ خَيْرٌ مِّمَّا يَجْمَعُونَ

● Say, "WITH  the BOUNTY (FAD°L) of Allah and in His RAHMAT - in that let them rejoice; it is better than what they accumulate." ●

Al-Jumu'a : 2

هُوَ الَّذِى بَعَثَ فِى الْأُمِّيِّۦنَ رَسُولًا مِّنْهُمْ يَتْلُوا عَلَيْهِمْ ءَايٰتِهِۦ وَيُزَكِّيهِمْ وَيُعَلِّمُهُمُ الْكِتٰبَ وَالْحِكْمَةَ وَإِن كَانُوا مِن قَبْلُ لَفِى ضَلٰلٍ مُّبِينٍ

● It is He who has sent among the UMMIYYIIN a Messenger from themselves reciting to them HIS VERSES (AYAAT) and purifying them and teaching them the BOOK and AL-HIKMAH - although they were before in clear ASTRAY - ●

Al-Jumu'a : 4

ذٰلِكَ فَضْلُ اللَّهِ يُؤْتِيهِ مَن يَشَآءُ ۚ وَاللَّهُ ذُو الْفَضْلِ الْعَظِيمِ

● That is the BOUNTY (FAD°L) of Allah, which He gives to whom He wills, and Allah is the possessor of great bounty. ●

11) AND THE GREATEST BOUNTY of Allah is THE BOOKS of REVELATION - Al-Quran (one of the Books) an those who INHERIT the Quran:

Faatir : 31

وَالَّذِىٓ أَوْحَيْنَآ إِلَيْكَ مِنَ الْكِتٰبِ هُوَ الْحَقُّ مُصَدِّقًا لِّمَا بَيْنَ يَدَيْهِ ۗ إِنَّ اللَّهَ بِعِبَادِهِۦ لَخَبِيرٌۢ بَصِيرٌ

● And that which We have revealed to you, [O Muhammad], of the BOOK (AL-KITAB) is the TRUTH, confirming what was before it. Indeed, Allah, of His servants, is Acquainted and Seeing. ●

Faatir : 32

ثُمَّ أَوْرَثْنَا الْكِتٰبَ الَّذِينَ اصْطَفَيْنَا مِنْ عِبَادِنَا ۖ فَمِنْهُمْ ظَالِمٌ لِّنَفْسِهِۦ وَمِنْهُم مُّقْتَصِدٌ وَمِنْهُمْ سَابِقٌۢ بِالْخَيْرٰتِ بِإِذْنِ اللَّهِ ۚ ذٰلِكَ هُوَ الْفَضْلُ الْكَبِيرُ

● Then we caused to INHERIT the BOOK those We have chosen of Our servants; and among them is he who wrongs himself, and among them is he who is moderate, and among them is he who is foremost in good deeds by permission of Allah. That [inheritance] is what is the GREAT BOUNTY (FAD°LUL KABIIR). ●

It MEANS after prophet and Messenger Muhammad PBUH, there are people that are NAMED by Allah as INHERITORS of The Book (AL-KITAB).

Faatir : 33

جَنّٰتُ عَدْنٍ يَدْخُلُونَهَا يُحَلَّوْنَ فِيهَا مِنْ أَسَاوِرَ مِن ذَهَبٍ وَلُؤْلُؤًا ۖ وَلِبَاسُهُمْ فِيهَا حَرِيرٌ

● [For them are] gardens of perpetual residence which they will enter. They will be adorned therein with bracelets of gold and pearls, and their garments therein will be silk. ●

Faatir : 34

وَقَالُوا الْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ الَّذِىٓ أَذْهَبَ عَنَّا الْحَزَنَ ۖ إِنَّ رَبَّنَا لَغَفُورٌ شَكُورٌ

● And they will say, "Praise to Allah, who has removed from us [all] sorrow. Indeed, our Lord is Forgiving and Appreciative - ●

THESE Inheritors of the Book, are promised Jannah.

12) Iman or Faith is also a BOUNTY:

Al-Hujuraat : 7

وَاعْلَمُوٓا أَنَّ فِيكُمْ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ ۚ لَوْ يُطِيعُكُمْ فِى كَثِيرٍ مِّنَ الْأَمْرِ لَعَنِتُّمْ وَلٰكِنَّ اللَّهَ حَبَّبَ إِلَيْكُمُ الْإِيمٰنَ وَزَيَّنَهُۥ فِى قُلُوبِكُمْ وَكَرَّهَ إِلَيْكُمُ الْكُفْرَ وَالْفُسُوقَ وَالْعِصْيَانَ ۚ أُولٰٓئِكَ هُمُ الرّٰشِدُونَ

● And know that among you is the Messenger of Allah. If he were to obey you in much of the matter, you would be in difficulty, but Allah has endeared to you THE FAITH (IMAN) and has made it pleasing in your hearts and has made hateful to you disbelief, defiance and disobedience. Those are the [rightly] guided. ●

Al-Hujuraat : 8

فَضْلًا مِّنَ اللَّهِ وَنِعْمَةً ۚ وَاللَّهُ عَلِيمٌ حَكِيمٌ

● [It is] as BOUNTY (FAD°L) from Allah and favor. And Allah is Knowing and Wise. ●

13) Jannah is also a GREAT BOUNTY :

Ash-Shura : 22

تَرَى الظّٰلِمِينَ مُشْفِقِينَ مِمَّا كَسَبُوا وَهُوَ وَاقِعٌۢ بِهِمْ ۗ وَالَّذِينَ ءَامَنُوا وَعَمِلُوا الصّٰلِحٰتِ فِى رَوْضَاتِ الْجَنَّاتِ ۖ لَهُم مَّا يَشَآءُونَ عِندَ رَبِّهِمْ ۚ ذٰلِكَ هُوَ الْفَضْلُ الْكَبِيرُ

● You will see the wrongdoers fearful of what they have earned, and it will [certainly] befall them. And those who have believed and done righteous deeds will be in lush regions of the gardens [in Paradise] having whatever they will in the presence of their Lord. That is what is the GREAT BOUNTY (FAD°LUL KABIIR). ●

Al-Hadid : 21

سَابِقُوٓا إِلٰى مَغْفِرَةٍ مِّن رَّبِّكُمْ وَجَنَّةٍ عَرْضُهَا كَعَرْضِ السَّمَآءِ وَالْأَرْضِ أُعِدَّتْ لِلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُوا بِاللَّهِ وَرُسُلِهِۦ ۚ ذٰلِكَ فَضْلُ اللَّهِ يُؤْتِيهِ مَن يَشَآءُ ۚ وَاللَّهُ ذُو الْفَضْلِ الْعَظِيمِ

● Race toward forgiveness from your Lord and a GARDEN (JANNAH) whose width is like the width of the heavens and earth, prepared for those who believed in Allah and His messengers. THAT IS the BOUNTY (FAD°L) of Allah which He gives to whom He wills, and Allah is the possessor of great bounty. ●

14) Conclusion.

Based on deduction only without inducing any opinion, based on the above verses, the Meaning of BOUNTY are :

a) The Privision (RIZQ) and Wealth from Allah - that's why Allah does no want us to be Stingy and must Spend (infaq) to the Needy.

b) The Books of Revelations and the people that Inherit them.

c) The IMAN (Faith).

d) The Jannah.



ALLAH is the Possessor of GREAT BOUNTY.


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