Two Causes for Our Deficiencies: Imam al-Sa’di

Sheikh ‘Abd al-Rahman ibn Naasir al-Sa’di mentioned the following point in a collection of miscellaneous benefits:

والنقص إنما يصيب العبد من أحد أمرين : إما من عدم عزمه على الرشد ، الذي هو الخير ، وإما من عدم ثباته واستمراره على عزمه ؛ ولهذا كان دعاء النبي ﷺ { اللهم إني أسألك الثبات في الأمر ، والعزيمة على الرشد } من أنفع أدعية وأجمعها للخيرات ، فمن أعانه الله على نية الرشد والعزيمة عليها والثبات والاستمرار ؛ فقد حصل له أكبر أسباب السعادة ، والناس في هذا المقام درجات بحسب قيامهم بهذين الأمرين . ـ

A slave only experiences deficiencies in himself due to two issues:

○ It is either due to the lack of resolve to follow the right path, i.e. the path of goodness,

○ or it is due to the lack of firmness and persistence in that resolve.

So in light of this, the Prophet’s supplication

اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَسْأَلُكَ الثَّبَاتَ فِي الأَمْرِ وَالْعَزِيمَةِ عَلَى الرُّشْدِ

O Allah, I ask you for firmness in the religion, and for the resolve to follow the right path

is one of the most beneficial supplications and one of the most encompassing of good. That is because whoever Allah assists in having an intention to follow the right path, having the resolve to do so, and having firmness and persistence in that, then He has granted him the greatest key to happiness. And when it comes to this matter of happiness, then the people fall along various levels according to how well they enact these two issues in their lives.

[Mawaahib al-Rabbaaniyyah pg. 41-42]

See also: Clarifying “Allah does not guide the wrong-doers”: Imam al-Sa’di

See also: The Means and Objectives of Calling to Allah: Imam al-Sa’di

See also: Two Root Causes of Opposing the Truth: ibn ‘Uthaymeen [Forthcoming, inshaAllaah]

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