بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
وَوَهَبْنَا لِدَاوُودَ سُلَيْمَانَ نِعْمَ الْعَبْدُ إِنَّهُ أَوَّابٌ
“And to David We gave Solomon. An excellent servant, indeed he was one repeatedly turning back [to Allah ]”
In Surah Sad Ayah 30, we see the examples of Dawud (عليهِ سلام) and Suleiman (عليهِ سلام). We see how so many things like the Jinn, the birds and the mountains were made subservient to them and yet they were able to pass their tests in the most exemplary manner and receive the title of “excellent servant” from Allah (سبحانه وتعالى) Himself! Subhan’Allah!
Allah (سبحانه وتعالى) is so pleased with them that He promises them:
وَإِنَّ لَهُ عِندَنَا لَزُلْفَى وَحُسْنَ مَآبٍ
“And indeed, for him is nearness to Us and a good place of return.”
So I learn that once a blessing has been given to me, either I can use it to please Allah (سبحانه وتعالى) or please my nafs (my soul).
Things that are subjugated towards me include my children, my help, my car, my house and my wealth. Here is the chart for how I can choose to use these blessings.
Oh Allah (سبحانه وتعالى)! Make all my blessings a means of bringing me closer to You, rather than away from you.