Bismillahir Rahmaanir Raheem
24) Al Waarith
This Name of Allah is mentioned in the Qur’an 3 times, all in the plural form. For example Allah says:
And indeed, it is We who give life and cause death, and We are the Inheritor. [al Hijr 15:23]
Linguistic meaning: comes from the root word waratha, which means to inherit.
- When Allah comes to inherit us, we should make sure that we are in the most perfect of states, a state that He will be pleased with. This will ensure we live our life in a good manner, so we die in a good manner so we can return back to Allah in the best ways.
- 2. Remember the insignificance of the dunya. When death comes, we will lose everything. Our belongings will become someone else’s. Only our deeds will remain. Wealth is used on food and is wasted, and spent on clothes that are worn out. Money that is used in the way of Allah is what is saved for us. Know that you will return to Al-Waarith so don’t stick to worldly possessions and don’t let them distract you from obedience to the one to whom both your possessions, yourself and your actions, will return. Don’t look for success in wealth and status, big cars and houses, if it compromises your relationship with Allah ‘azza wa jall— even though society pushes through this concept of “success.” Raise your children in putting Al-Waarith first in their actions and remind yourself often that very soon you will return to Him and you won’t be able to take any of your possessions in this world with you.
- Say inna lillaahi wa inna ilayhi raji’oon. Al-Waarith says:
Who, when disaster strikes them, say, indeed we belong to Allah, and indeed to Him we will return. [al Baqarah 2:156]
Say this statement not only when someone passes away, but whenever a disaster or trial hits you, even if it is the loss of an object. Revive the sunnah and use this dhikr in times of loss.
- Reflect on the ownership of Al-Waarith. Take a look around you; everything you see– and don’t see— belongs to Allah. He gave you all the possessions you have— your car, your house, your children, your health, and even your time. Al-Waarith says:
To Allah belongs the dominion of the Heavens and the earth and whatever is within them. And He is over all things competent. [al Maeda 5:120]
Realise Al-Waarith owns everything; nothing belongs to you, not even your own soul, and praise Him and ask Him for guidance to use “your possessions” to gain His pleasure. When you lose something or someone, console yourself with the fact it was Allah’s to begin with.
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