the Expansion and Diminishing of Blessings
In the Qur'an, God reveals the reason why He grants blessings or takes
them back from people:
That is because God would never change a blessing
He has conferred on a people until they changed what is in themselves.
God is All-Hearing, All-Knowing. (Surat al-Anfal: 53)
Everyone has a succession of angels in front of
him and behind him, guarding him by God's command. God never changes a
people's state until they change what is in themselves. When God desires
evil for a people, there is no averting it. They have no protector apart
from Him. (Surat ar-Ra'd: 11)
What is related in these verses are very important secrets that people
are mostly unaware of or ignore. God says that He will expand the blessings
of those people who engage in good acts, and will restrict the blessings
of those who perform evil acts, and that the blessings on people will
alter in accordance with the changes in their behaviour and sincerity.
Believers who know this secret of God try to see the hidden purposes
in God's creation in every situation they encounter and remain heedful
about this subject. They never feel self-sufficient, but strive hard to
attain the moral perfection described in the Qur'an, and to correct their
wrongdoings and failings. In this sense, they never dare to falter in
displaying moral perfection and the refinement of their conduct.