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And no living creature is there on the earth, but its provision is from Allaah

Allaah Almighty says: And no living creature is there on earth but its provision is due from Allaah. [1] Here, Allaah Almighty imposed upon Himself the feeding of every living creature on earth, be it a person, creature or whatever it is. How do we explain droughts and famines that take place in the African Continent?

The verses meaning is clear; however, whatever Allaah Almighty decrees in terms of disaster or drought, then it may only hurt a person when his decreed time and provision have expired. But whoever still has life and provision written for him, Allaah Almighty directs that provision to him, in many ways - some of which a person may know and some of which he does not, for Allaah Almighty says: And whoever fears Allaah and keeps his duty to Him, He will make a way for him to get out (from every difficulty. And He will provide for him where he never could imagine. [2] And: And so many a living creature there is, that carries not its own provision! Allaah provides for it and for you. [3] And the Messenger of Allaah said. A person does not die until he takes his full share of provision and time. [4] May Allaah guide us all to what is right.

[1] Hud 11:6. [2] At-Talaq 65:2,3. [3] Al-Ankabut 29:60 [4] Musnad Al-Bazzar no. 2914 and Ibn Majah no. 2144

Shaykh `Abdul-`Azeez Bin Baz
Fatawa Islamiyah Vol. 7 Page 109
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