The commanded means are aspects of Al-'lbaadah

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The commanded means are aspects of Al-'lbaadah

Amongst these is a group held in highest regard by these people. These hold fast to what they have chosen by their own desires of the well-known duties, and they avoid the well-known prohibitions. Yet, they go astray by leaving that which they were commanded with as to the means, which are themselves aspects of Al-'Ibaadah, thinking that the one who witnessed Al-Qadar (the Measure) would abandon that. Such is the one amongst them who considers the reliance (on Allah) or considers the supplication as being for the populace's level and not being for the elite's, based on that whoever witnessed Al-Qadar (the Measure) would know that what has been measured shall be; thus, there will be no need for that. This is a manifest misguidance.

Allah (SWT) measured the effects by their causes, as He (AWJ) measured happiness and misfortune by their causes. The Prophet (SAAWS) said, "For Allah has created some people to go to Al-Jannah. He created it for them when they were still in their fathers' loins, and they shall do in compliance with Al-Jannah's dwellers. And He created others for An Naar. He created it for them when they were still in their fathers' loins, and they shall do in compliance with An-Naar's dwellers." (1)

Also, when the Prophet (SAAWS) told them (the companions), "Allah has recorded the Measures," they said, "O Rasool-Allah! Should not we abandon doing (using the means) and just rely on the record." He replied, "Go on doing (using the means), for everyone is helped to do that for which he was created. Those who are among the people of happiness will be helped to do the appropriate deeds of the people of happiness. But those who are among the people of misfortune will be helped to do the appropriate deeds of the people of misfortune." (2)


1) Narrated by Ahmad, Musiim, and Abu Dawud.
2) Narrated by Al-Bukhaari and Muslim