A short talk given by M. R. Bawa Muhaiyaddeen from Questions of Life, Answers of Wisdom Volume 2
Bawa Muhaiyaddeen: When His creations came into this world, Allähu ta’älä Näyan (Almighty God), who is the Benevolence for all the worlds (Rahmatul-‘älamïn), gave His benevolence to each. First He created the world, and then He provided the food, or rizq, for each creation. This food can be found in the trees, the flowers, in water, in air, in the earth, and in many other places. Seventy thousand years before He sent each creation into the world, Allähu ta’älä Näyan created the food for that creation. So, man comes here knowing that his food and water have already been provided for him. Everything he needs can be found here, and it is his job to take what is portioned out for him. He must understand which food is permissible (haläl) and which is impermissible (haräm) and eat only the food that was meant just for him. Anything he covets or steals from others is impermissible.