Know that He is the Creator and all matters are at His disposal. So there is no creator except Allaah, there is no planner for the creation except Allaah, and there is no law for the creation except the law of Allaah. So it is He who obligates and prohibits things, just as He is the one who permits things.

~ Shaykh Ibn al-`Uthaymeen, The Book of Knowledge

Ibn Al-Qayyim (rahimahullaah) said:

By committing sins, the servant of Allaah does not aim to disobey his Lord or violate his prohibitions, but it was the result of an evil nature, the deceit of the soul and Satan, the strength of vain desires, and believing that one will be forgiven, however, according to Allaah, the aim of committing sins is the reason behind passing judgments, manifesting the dignity of the Lord, and the submission of the servants, and their complete need for Allaah.

As well as this, the existence of the Attributes of Allaah, like the Oft-Pardoning, the Oft-Forgiving, and the One Who accepts repentance, and the Clement to the repentant and remorseful. On the other hand, Allaah is the Avenger, the Just. And the One with the Strongest Grasp on those who insist on disobeying Him. He, the Exalted, wants His servant to perceive His Perfection, and to feel absolute need of his Lord, moreover, He wants His servant to see the Perfection of His Power, Glory, Forgiveness, Mercy, and Patience, and that His Mercy is nothing but beneficence, for if Allaah does not bestow His Mercy upon him, surely he will be destroyed.

Estimating guilt by Allaah has a great wisdom in it and a lot of benefit and mercy for that servant by offering him the way of repentance.

Al-Fawaa`id, p105

This is to single out Allaah, the Most High, with whatever He named and described Himself with in His Book and upon the tongue of His Prophet (alayhis salaam), and to absolve and purify Him of shortcomings, defects and likeness to the creation in what relates to that which is unique to Him (of Names and Attributes).

Further to affirm that Allaah is all-knowing (al-Aleem) of every single thing, that He is all-powerful (al-Qadeer) over everthing, that he is the Ever-Living (al-Hayy), the Self-Established upon which everything else is dependent (al-Qayyum), who is not overtaken by neither sleep nor slumber. He has the penetrative, effective, operative will (in His creation), and far reaching wisdom (in all that He does, decrees and judges, commands and prohibits). He is all-Hearing (as-Samee’) and all-Seeing (al-Baseer), Compassionate (Ra’oof), Merciful (Raheem).

He has ascended over the Throne, and possesses all of the dominion (of creation). He is the King, the Master (al-Malik), the Most Pure, Holy (al-Quddoos), The Flawless, the Source of Peace (as-Salaam), the Remover of Fear and Granter of Tranquility (al-Mu’min), The Protecter (al-Muhaimin), The Mighty (al-Azeez), the Compeller, Restorer (al-Jabbaar), the Supremely Great (al-Mutakabbir), free and sublime is He of what they associate with Him (of partners). And all the various other Names and Attributes that He is described with in the Book and the Sunnah.

  • Selected from: Concerning Faith (Eemaan) in Allaah – Part 1 of 2, Abu Iyaad |

Ibn Al-Qayyim (rahimahullaah) said in his book As-Salaat wa Hukm Taarikihaa:

 And when he (the servant reciting Soorah Al-Faatihah in prayer) says: All praise is due to Allaah the Rabb of all the Worlds, he pauses for a short while waiting for the response of his Lord: ‘My servant has praised Me.’ Then when he says: The Most Gracious the Most Merciful he waits for the response: ‘My servant has extolled Me’ and when he says: Master of the Day of Judgment, he waits for the response: ‘My servant has glorified Me.’

It is the delight of his heart, the pleasure of his eye and the joy of his soul that his Lord says about him: ‘My servant’ three times. By Allaah! If the fumes of desire and the darkness of the soul were not upon the hearts, they would have flown out of happiness and joy that their Lord, Maker and Deity says: ‘My servant has praised Me, My servant has extolled Me and My servant has glorified Me.

  • Selected from: Imaan Builder 2: Employing Al-Faatihah As the Basis for the Development and Maintenance of Imaan, SalafiPublications
Imaam al-’Aajuri (rahimahullaah) says in his book Akhlaaq Ahl al-Qur’aan:
“The first thing that he (the student of Qur’aan) must do is utilise the taqwa of Allaah in secrecy and in openness by developing waraa’ (piety) in his eating and drinking, in his sense of dress and in his home, with insight of his era and the fasaad (sins and evil) of his people so that he is cautious against them with regards to his Deen. He is highly devoted over his state of affairs and deeply concerned with correcting what has become corrupt in his matters. He guards his tongue and yet is distinguished by his speech.
If he studies the Qur’aan then he does so with complete understanding and intellect. What concerns him is fully comprehending that which Allaah has made mandatory on him to follow and adhere to, and desisting from what He `azza wa jall has forbid him from. His concern is not ‘When will I finish the Qur’aan?’ But rather his deep concern is ‘When will I be fully content with Allah and independent of other than Him?’
‘When will I be from the Muttaqeen? When will I be from the Muhsineen? When will I be from the Mutawakkileen (relying only on Allaah)? When will I be from the Khashi’een (humbled to Allaah)? When will I be from the Saabireen (patient)? When will I be from the Sadiqeen (truthful)? When will I be from the Kha’ifeen (fearful)? When will I be from the Raajeen (hopeful)?
When will I become ascetic in this world? When will I yearn for the Hereafter? When will I repent from sins? When will I recognise the successive blessings of Allah? When will I thank Him for it? When will I deeply understand the public address from Allaah (i.e. this Qur’aan)? When will I sincerely comprehend what I’m reciting? When will I overcome my soul’s desires? When will I strive for Allaah with a true striving? When will I guard my tongue? When will I lower my gaze? When will I protect my chastity and when will I have hayaa’ (modesty/shyness) of Allaah with a true and honest hayaa‘?

Taqi’udeen Abu Muhammad ‘Abdul-Ghani bin ‘Abdul-Wahid al-Maqdisi (d.600H) said:

“From utter ignorance, sheer stupidity and utmost misguidance is to say that “It is not permissible to say “Where is Allaah?” Even though the companion of the Sharee’ah (meaning the Prophet Muhammad, صلى الله عليه وسلم) clearly stated “Where is Allaah?”

['Aqa'id A'immat us-Salaf, p.75]

In this world, the Straight Path comprises three levels: Islaam, Imaan, and Ihsaan. Whoever remains on the level of Islaam until he dies will be saved from eternity in the Fire and he must enter Paradise, even if, before this, he is punished in the Fire. Whoever remains on the level of Imaan until he dies will be prevented from entering the Fire altogether for the light of faith extinguishes the blaze of the Fire to such an extent that it says, ‘O believer, go on your way! Your light has extinguished my blaze!’(1)

Ahmad has the hadeeth on the authority of Jaabir that the Messenger of Allaah (salallaahu ‘alayhe wasallam) said, “There is no righteous person or sinner except that he will enter it. It will be a source of coolness and peace for the believer just as it was for Ibraaheem to the point that the Fire itself will raise a hue and cry at its coolness!” (2)

This is the legacy of the lovers inherited from Ibraaheem (‘alayhi ssalaam).

In the fire of the lover is a blaze of love:

The fiercest heat of Hell is its coolest portion!

Whoever remains on the level of Ihsaan until he dies will reach Allaah,

For those who do good is the best (reward) and an addition.(3)

The authentic hadeeth mentions, “When the People of Paradise enter Paradise a caller will announce, ‘People of Paradise, Allaah has given you a promise which He wishes to fulfil.’ They will say, ‘What is that? Has He not made our faces white? Has He not made our scales heavy? Has He not granted us entry in Paradise and saved us from the Fire?’ So He will remove the veil and they will look on at Him and by Allaah, He will not have granted them anything more beloved to them than this, and there will be nothing that gives more pleasure to their eyes than his! This is the addition.” Then He recited the above verse.(4)

All the inhabitants of Paradise will have a share of this vision but they will differ as to their closeness when seeing Him and in the number of times they see Him. All of the People of Paradise will see Him on the Day of Increase which is the Day of Jumu’ah,(5) and the elite amongst them will look at the Face of Allaah twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening. The generality of the People of Paradise have their provision given them twice a day, in the morning and the evening, whereas the elite see Him in the morning and the evening. Neither palaces can make the Gnostics forget their beloved and nor can running rivers quench their thirst. One of them used to say, ‘When I am hungry, remembrance of Him is my food, and when I am thirsty, witnessing Him is my wish and gratification.’(6)

One of the righteous was seen in a dream and he was asked about the condition of two scholars to which he replied: ‘At this time I have left them before Allaah, Mighty and Magnificent, eating, drinking, enjoying bliss.’ He was asked, ‘What of you?’ He replied, ‘He knows my lack of desire for food so instead He allows me to look at Him.’

When I desire drink, You are my satiation

And when I desire food,  You are my gratification

Ahmad records the hadeeth on the authority of ibn ‘Umar that the Messenger of Allaah (salallaahu ‘alayhe wasallam) said: “The people with the lowest ranking in Paradise will look at his dominion for two thousand years seeing the farthest end of it as he sees the nearest end of it, and he will look at his wives and servants. The ones with the highest ranking will look at the Face of Allaah, Blessed and Exalted is He, twice a day.”(7) This hadeeth was also recorded by Tirmidhee with the wording, “The person with the lowest ranking in Paradise will be one who will look at his gardens, wives, blessings, servants, and couches, for the journey of one thousand years. The best of them with Allaah will look at His Face morning and evening.”(8) Then the Messenger of Allaah (salallaahu ‘alayhe wasallam) recited,

That Day will faces be resplendent, looking toward their Lord.(9)

It is because of this that the Messenger of Allaah (salallaahu ‘alayhe wasallam) said in the authentic hadeeth reported on the authority of Jareer ibn ‘Abdullaah al-Bajalee, “You will see your Lord on the Day of Judgment like you see the moon on a night when it is full, you will have no difficult in seeing Him.” He then said, “So if you are able not to be overwhelmed to the point of missing prayer before the rising of the sun, and before its setting, then do so.” Then he recited,

And glorify your Lord – all the while praising Him – before the rising of the sun and before its setting.(10) (more…)

~ Regarding tawakkul, Shaykh As-Sa’di, ever beautifully says:

The Messenger of Allaah (salallaahu ‘alayhe wasallam) said:

If you truly trust in Allaah as you should trust in Him, He will provide you with sustenance, just as He does to birds: they go out in the morning with empty stomachs and come back in the evening with full stomachs.”

The Messenger of Allaah (salallaahu ‘alayhe wasallam) described those who trust in Allaah as having two qualities: they seek means and ways of earning their livelihood and have great trust in He Who has full control of all means and ways of provision. Those who possess only one or none of these qualities will acquire failure and utter loss. In contrast, those who seek the legal and lawful ways of earning their sustenance, trust in Allaah and appreciate His bounties whenever they earn them, all the while observing patience during times of hardship and distress, will acquire success and win what they need and covet.

How can those who acknowledge that they are in need of their Lord in all conditions and situations, not trust in Him? How can those who acknowledge that they are helpless and feeble without the help of their Lord, ever stop seeking His help or invoking Him for relief? How can those who are certain that ownership of all affairs rests in Allaah’s Hands, not ask Him for their various needs? How can those who have knowledge of Allaah’s Richness and Most Generous Essence, refrain from seeking His Kindness in all of their matters? How can those who are certain of Allaah’s Mercy, that He is more merciful with His slaves than the mother with her own child, not trust His Judgment? How can those who know that Allaah is Most Wise in all decisions, not feel assured and pleased with all that He decides and destines for them?

O slave of Allaah, who seeks the ways and means of goodness, you will only earn all that is good and righteous by trusting in Allaah and relying on Him for every need. O you who strives hard against his own self to resist the lures of sin and disobedience, know that you will repel sin only through your trust and reliance on He Who has perfect knowledge of the Unseen. Surely, he who relies on Allaah, He will suffice Him. He who asks Allaah for help and adheres to His obedience, He will correct the affairs of his life and religion for him. As for he who likes himself and lets his heart abandon the Lord, the Most Honored, he will only acquire failure and lose this life and the Hereafter.

How many are they, who seem weak and unable to earn their benefit, but are in fact strong on account of their trust and reliance on Allaah, and so Allaah helps them acquire their needs? How many are they, who seem strong and rely on this fact alone, but their strength deceived and departed them when they most needed it. Surely, the help and success that Allaah grants is the only reserve and resource of supply for the faithful believers. There is no success, or happiness, except by worshipping Allaah, seeking His help and trusting in Him. Verily, Allaah is the only deity worthy of worship and how excellent He is as a Helper:

“Our Lord! In You (Alone) we put our trust, and to You (Alone) we turn in repentance, and to You (Alone) is (our) final Return.” [60:4]


“And so many a  moving (living) creature carries not its own provision! Allaah provides for it and for you. And He is the All-Hearer, the All-Knower.” [29:60]

May Allaah direct us all to the blessings of the Glorious Qur’aan and benefit us all in whatever is in it of the Aayat and Wise Dhikr. I say this and ask Allaah the Great, the Most Honored for forgiveness for me, you, and all Muslims for every sin, so invoke Him for forgiveness, for He is the Most Forgiving, Most Merciful.

  • Selected from: Al-Fawakih Ash-Shahiyyah, by Shaykh Abdur-Rahmaan As-Sa’dee, p21

Abu Al-’Âliyah reports that a man once asked ‘Ubay Bin Ka’b (radiAllâhu ‘anhu) for advice. He said:

Take the Book of Allâh as your leader (imâm) and be pleased with it as a judge and ruler. It is what your Messenger left amongst you. It will be an intercessor for you. It is to be obeyed. It is a witness never doubted. In it is a mention of you and those before you, and judgment for whatever happens amongst you. And in it is news about you and whatever will come after you.

  • Abridged from: Al-Dhahabî in Siyar A’lâm Al-Nubalâ’, in the biography of ‘Ubay Bin Ka’b
{Know that Allaah gives life to the earth after its death! Indeed We have made clear the Aayaat to you so that you may understand}
Surat ul-Hadeed

Ibn Katheer comments: “This Aayah indicates that 
He brings softness to the hearts after they have become hard, 
guides the confused after they were led astray, and 
relieves hardships after they have intensified
Tafseer Ibn Katheer, chapter 57, verse 17

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