Hatim-i Asam (Part Iv)


Hatim said, "My seventh benefit is: People are working in order to eat and drink and earn money. This is blinding them to harams [1] and dubious practices and making them insensitive to humiliations and insults. Observing this made me recollect an ayat-i-karima [2], which purports, 'The earth does not carry a living being whose sustenance is not sent by Allahu ta'ala'. I knew that I was one of those living beings and Qur'an al-karim is absolutely correct. Placing my reliance on His promise to send me my sustenance, which He would definitely send, I worked as He commands." Hearing these, Shaqiq said, "How lovely you have done and how beautiful are the facts you express. Now say the eighth benefit, too."

Hatim 'rahmatullahi ta'ala alaih' said, "The eighth benefit I derived is this: I observed other people and saw that everybody had someone or something to put his trust in. Some people relied on their property and possessions, some depended upon their crafts and earnings and some on their ranks and positions, while others pinned their hopes on beings that were mere human beings like themselves. So I recollected an ayat-i-karima, which purports, 'Allahu ta'ala shall always come to the rescue of those who rely only on Him.' Then I always and only relied on Allahu ta'ala in whatever I did. I worked and held fast to (His) law of causation because He commanded so. However, I relied only on Him, asked only from Him, and expected only from Him."

Upon hearing these explanations, Shaqiq 'rahmatullahi ta'ala alaih' said, "O Hatim! May Allahu ta'ala come to your rescue in whatever you do! I studied hadrat [3] Musa's Taurah (Torah), hadrat Isa's Injil (Bible), hadrat Dawud's Zebur (Psalms) and hadrat Muhammad's 'alaihim-us-salawatu wa-ssalam' Furqan (Qur'an). I saw that these four heavenly books are based on these eight fundamentals. Those who follow these fundamentals and establish a life style based on them will have adapted themselves to these four books and performed their commandments."

[1] haram: an action, word or thought prohibited by Allahu ta'ala.
[2] ayat: A verse of al-Qur'an al-karim; al-ayat al-karima.
[3] Hadrat: title of respect used before the names of great people like and Islamic scholars.