AR-RAZZAQ (THE PROVIDER)
Allah is the Provider, Ar-Razzaq, the Lord of Power, the Strong. He bestows upon creatures that without which their bodies cannot survive, and He fulfils their needs. He provides for every creature, be it a fish in the depths of the ocean, a bird soaring through the sky, a worm crawling on a rock, a foetus in its mother's womb, or a new shoot emerging from a seed.
"There is no moving creature on the earth but its sustenance depends on Allah: He knows the time and place of its temporary deposit: all in a clear record" (Q11:6)
When the human being is a foetus, enclosed in the dark depths of his mother's womb, no mortal not even his own parent can offer him any food or drink. Yet, during this time, he receives nourishment via the umbilical cord, by the mercy of his Lord, the Provider (Ar-Razzaq). After the child emerges from the womb and the umbilical cord is severed, Allah provides milk for him, and inspires him to seek the milk from his mother. In this way the new-born receives sustenance, although he can scarcely see, hear or understand anything.
Plants and trees manufacture food from a combination of water, soil, air and sunlight. Allah has created and coordinated this wondrous process to provide food which mankind requires. Were it not for Allah's providing these elements, food would not be produced.
"So let man look at his food, (and how we provide it): For that We pour forth water in abundance, and We split the earth in fragments," and produce therein grains and grapes and the fresh vegetation, and olives and dates and enclosed gardens dense with lofty trees and fruits and fodder, a provision for you and your cattle." (Q80: 24-32)
Then, when man or animal eats food and digests it, Allah, the Provider, directs it to every part of the living body to build and replenish tissue and to provide energy,
"Or, who is there that can provide for you if (ALLAH) were to withhold His provision? Nay, they obstinately persist in insolence and flight from the truth", (Q67:21)
One who becomes certain that his sustenance is granted by Allah, and that no one can deprive him of the sustenance he destined for him, he will not fear anyone with regard to his sustenance except Allah.
"O mankind! Remember the favour of Allah Upon you! Is there any creator besides Allah who provides for you from the sky and the earth? There is no god but He; how, then, are you perverted?" (Q35:3).
This article was culled from the publications of Deen Communication Limited