“If you ask, then ask Allaah; and if you seek help, then seek the help of Allaah”
~ Saheeh at-Tirmithee #2516
Shaykh ‘Abd ul-Muhsin al-‘Abbaad (hafidhahullaah) comments:
“He is the One in whose Hand is everything, and He is the One in whose Hand is giving and preventing; there is none to prevent what He gives and none to give what He prevents. So let a person ask Allaah, ‘azza wa jal, the One in whose Hand is everything, and He is the One who gives the khayr and He gives generously by way of a means and without any means. And (with regard to) the means that brings the khayr to a person, Allaah, ta’aala, He is the One who facilitates it, and He is the One who subjects the one who is a means with respect to that to do good to him.
So Allaah’s, ‘azza wa jal, favoring and doing good for His slave can happen by what He generously grants and bestows without there being any means, such as rain and (other) blessings from Allaah, ‘azza wa jal; and likewise, the khayr may reach a person by way of a means, which is that Allaah subjects another person to feel compassion for him and to do good to him and that whatever has good and benefit for him happens to him from (this person). And all of that is from Allaah, ‘azza wa jal, because if Allaah did not make the heart of this person – who Allaah made a means – to soften for you and feel compassion for you, then what happened to you from him would not have taken place. Thus, all of it is from Allaah, ‘azza wa jal, whether by way of a means or without any means.
Seek the help of Allaah with regard to your affairs and whatever wish you need and whatever difficulty you fear. Seek the help of Allaah, ‘azza wa jal, to bring all the khayr and to be saved and safe from all evil. Seek the help of Allaah, because if there are means but Allaah does not will nor give success for the realization of what a person wants, then indeed it will fail to come and it will not happen. Hence, all of the affair is in the Hand of Allaah, ‘azza wa jal.”