Things Will Not Change Until You Change

In the name of Allah (The One). I send the peace and blessings upon His messenger (Al-Mustafa) and upon His messenger’s family, companions, and those who follow him in righteousness until the Day of Judgement (Yowm Al-Qiyaamah). To proceed:

Questioner: How would you explain the All-Truthful’s statement (i.e., Allah) of when he said in Surah Al-Ra’d:

“Indeed, Allah will not change the condition of a people until they change what is in themselves.” — Surah Al-Ra’d (13) : 11

 
Shaykh Abdul-Aziz bin Baaz (may Allah have mercy on him) answered: This noble verse is great and proves that with Allah’s complete justice and and wisdom, He will not change the condition of a people until they change from good to bad, from bad to good, from ease to hardship, and from hardship to ease; until they change that which is in themselves. If they were upon righteousness and steadfastness and they changed, then Allah will change them to punishment, disasters, hardship, and drought. Furthermore, division and the like are from the types of punishments inflicted. This goes in accordance with His statement subhaanahu wa ta’ala (praise and exhalation be to He),

“And your Lord is not ever unjust to [His] servants.” — Surah Fussilat (41) : 46

Allah could also make things easy, provide, and draw them near to Him so that perhaps they will return (to goodness), then give them a great shock. As He ‘azza wa jal (mighty and majestic) stated,

“So when they forgot that by which they had been reminded, We opened to them the doors of every [good] thing until, when they rejoiced in that which they were given, We seized them suddenly, and they were [then] in despair.” — Surah Al-An’aam (6) : 44

In other words, they forget about all good, and we seek refuge in Allah from His punishment and torment. He could postpone them until Youm Al-Qiyaamah and their punishment and torment would be more severe. Allah said,

“And never think that Allah is unaware of what the wrongdoers do. He only delays them for a Day when eyes will stare [in horror].” — Surah Al-Ibrahim (14) : 42

Meaning, they will be postponed until after their deaths and that will be a greater punishment and a more severe torment.

In addition, they could be upon transgression then repent to Allah, return back to Him, regret what they have done, and become upright upon obedience (to Him)[1], so Allah changes their condition from misery, division, hardship and poverty to a blessed prosperity and a pleasant condition because of their pious actions and repentance to Allah tabaaraka wa ta’ala. It comes in another verse,

“That is because Allah would not change a favor which He had bestowed upon a people until they change what is within themselves. And indeed, Allah is Hearing and Knowing.” — Surah Al-Anfaal (8) : 53

In this verse it is made clear to us that they, if they were in blessings, ease, and goodness, then changed with transgression their condition will be changed; wa la howla wa la quwata illa billah (and there is no might and no power except with Allah). So they could be delayed, as it was previously stated. The opposite could happen as well, if they were upon evil and transgression or disbelief and falsehood, then they feel remorseful, become upright upon the obedience to Allah, changed their condition from a bad condition to a good, Allah will change them to being blessed, successful (in the next life), and at ease. He will change their condition from poverty, lack of water, and the likes to rain being sent down from the havens, plants growing in the ground, and other than that from the different types of good.

[1]: TN: These three things (repentance, regret, and remorse to never return back to the sin) are the conditions to the acceptance of one’s Towbah (repentance) being accepted. Some of the scholars devide them into subcategories where the numbers go up to seven, but these are the main three. Wallahu ‘Alim (and Allah knows best).

This was taken from: http://www.binbaz.org.sa/mat/2117#_ftn2

And the peace and blessings are upon our prophet Muhammad, upon his family and companions.

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About Abdul-Malik Merchant
A student at Umm al-Qura University, but nowhere NEAR a scholar. Just a normal dude who was blessed with a wonderful opportunity

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