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Ramadan 2015

Remembrance of Allah (S.W.T)

Hazrat Anas (R.A) reports, 'I once accompanied the Holy Prophet (S.A.W) during a walk in the jungle. We saw a bird that was chirping loudly. The Prophet (S.A.W) asked me, 'Do you know what the bird is saying?'

I replied, 'Allah (S.W.T) and His Prophet (S.A.W) know best.' The Prophet (S.A.W) said, 'The bird is saying 'O Allah (S.W.T)! You have taken my sight away and made me blind. Now please help me with food as I am hungry.'

Hazrat Anas (R.A) said, 'Whilst we were still standing there, a flying insect fell straight into the bird's mouth. The bird ate it and began chirping once again. The Prophet (S.A.W) again asked me whether I knew what the bird was saying. Again, I replied that Allah (S.W.T) and His Prophet (S.A.W) know best. The Prophet (S.A.W) said, 'The bird is saying, 'All praise is to Allah (S.W.T) who never forgets he who remembers Him'.


This Hadith teaches us that we should not seek provisions without due consideration for what is Haram and Halal. Rather, we should exert suitable effort in earning pure provisions and then thank Allah (S.W.T) for His blessings. Our entire time and effort should not be spent worrying where our provisions will come from; Allah (S.W.T) as our Creator has also taken responsibility to feed His creation. If He can feed the birds, animals and insects of all shapes and sizes, then why would He neglect feeding the most noble of His creation?

There are also other lessons from this narration. Firstly, we deduce that the Holy Prophet (S.A.W) had the ability to understand the language of birds. Secondly, we learn that the Companions (R.A) believed that the Prophet (S.A.W) possessed extensive, hidden knowledge. When they were asked a question, the Companions (R.A) would reply, Allah (S.W.T) and His Prophet (S.A.W) know best.