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The blessing of Allah on his provisions  and increase of his lifespan is established in the Sunnah. The Prophet (Peace be upon him) said, “Whoever would like his Rizq (provision) to be increased and his life to be extended, should uphold the ties of kinship.”

 He also said, “ Maintaining family ties, good character, and good treatment of neighbors will build their heavenly abodes and increase their life spans.”

With regard to the extension of one’s lifespan there is a well-known scholarly discussion, which is that lifespans and provisions are decreed and cannot increase or decrease, Allah says

وَلِكُلِّ أُمَّةٍ أَجَلٌ ۖ فَإِذَا جَاءَ أَجَلُهُمْ لَا يَسْتَأْخِرُونَ سَاعَةً ۖ وَلَا يَسْتَقْدِمُونَ

To every people is a term appointed: when their term is reached, not an hour can they cause delay, nor (an hour) can they advance (it in anticipation).”. (Al-Araf 7 : 34)

 The scholars came up with several answers to this issue, the most correct being:

 

1 . That this refers to an increase of blessing during one’s lifetime, being guided to do good deeds and to make use of one’s time in ways that will be of benefit in the Hereafter and to make the most of his time for the sake of Allah such as guiding to the useful knowledge, blessed strive to the course of Allah, having devoted neighbor or righteous sons or some other good things and some countless blessings. All these will surely elevate him in the sight of Allah and then in the sight of mankind. And the similar example to this is what was reported from the Prophet (peace be upon him) that the days of his community (ummah) will be shorter than the days of those who came before them. So, Allah gave him the night of majesty which its little time brings abundant reward and countless blessings which 1,000 months used for worship cannot bring. Allah says,

 

وَمَا أَدْرَاكَ مَا لَيْلَةُ الْقَدْرِ * لَيْلَةُ الْقَدْرِ خَيْرٌ مِّنْ أَلْفِ شَهْرٍ

“And what can make you know what is the Night of Decree? The Night of Decree is better than a thousand months.” Al-Qadr : 2-3 .

 

The point is that Allah has blessed the life of the one who joins the ties of kinship. He assists him, guides him and makes him a righteous, all what is good, all what is regarded as honour, all what is known as prestige in this world and the hereafter will be given to him, which the one who unties the kinship will never be given, even, if his days doubled the one who joins the ties of kinship.

 

2 .  Increase of life in its reality and that is based on the knowledge of the angel in charge of counting lifespan of beings and what is in al-Lawh al-Mahfoodh. For the angels see in al-Lawh al-Mahfooz that a person’s lifespan will be sixty years, unless he upholds the ties of kinship, in which case another forty years will be added to his life. Allah knows what will happen to him in that regard.

 The one in the knowledge of Allah will never expanded nor decreased . The one in the knowledge of the Angel is the one that can be increased or decreased. That is what the following verse says. Allah, the Exalted says,

يَمْحُو اللَّهُ مَا يَشَاءُ وَيُثْبِتُ ۖ وَعِندَهُ أُمُّ الْكِتَابِ

 “Allah doth blot out or confirm what He pleaseth: with Him is the Mother of the Book.” Ar-Rad13 : 39. With regard to what Allah knows and what He has already decreed, nothing can be added to that; such a thing is impossible. With regard to what people see, they see that it is increased.

 3 .   That Allah will bestow him honorable mention on the tongue of truth among the latest (generations), So that his honor will be well-known when he is alive or dead. The impact of his honour will not be erased due to his death unlike what happened in case of the who unties the kinship. The praise-worthy name of a man is the second type of his life. A man is always alive whenever his praise-worthy name remains.

 

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