“He is Sufficient for Me”

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When Nabi Ebrahim (‘alaihis salaam) left his wife Haajar (‘alaihas salaam) with her infant child, Ismaa‘eel (‘alaihis salaam), in the barren land of Makkah Mukarramah as per the command of Allah Ta‘ala, his wife asked him: “O Ebrahim! Where are you going and leaving us behind in this valley in which there is neither company nor anything else?” Ebrahim (‘alaihis salaam) did not look at her or reply to her. After repeating the question a few times she asked: “Has Allah Ta‘ala commanded you to do this?” When he replied in the affirmative she exclaimed: “Then he will not allow us to perish.” (Saheeh Bukhaari #3364) In some narrations these words also appear: “He is sufficient for me” and “I am pleased with Allah Ta‘ala”. Thereafter her supplies were depleted and she ran between Safa and Marwah as a result of which Jibreel (‘alaihis salaam) descended to unearth the well of Zamzam. When he asked her: “To who has your husband entrusted you?” she replied: “To Allah.” Then Jibreel (‘alaihis salaam) exclaimed: “He has entrusted you to that Being Who is sufficient.” (Fathul Baari, vol. 6, pg. 494/5)

Lessons:

1. When our gaze is constantly fixed on Allah Ta‘ala and we have deep conviction in Him, we will be prepared to make every sacrifice for His sake and we will not become victims of depression and despondency even in the most challenging of situations.

2. The hallmark in the life of Haajar (‘alaihas salaam) which gave her that level of acceptance in the court of Allah Ta‘ala was her submission to His commands. She did not look for any short-cuts, rephrase the words, re-interpret the meanings and alter the context of deen to suit her convenience. Doing this would be equal to putting the cart before the horse instead of the horse before the cart.