Dhul-Nuun used to repeat these verses by night:

Seek for yourselves

The likes of what I have found.

I have found a place of rest wherein

He never falters in His love:

If I move away, He draws me close

And if I move closer, He draws nigh.

- Aboo Nu`aym, vol. 9, p. 357 no. 14112

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 | Aqidah.com

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

Ibn Al-Qayyim says:

Everything that is loved – if it is not loved for His sake then this love is nothing but distress and punishment. Every action that is not performed for His sake then it is wasted and severed. Every heart that does not reach Him is wretched, veiled from achieving its success and happiness.

Al-Fawaa`id

Imaam Ibn Al-Qayyim:

The servant has a veil between him and Allaah and another one between him and the people. Whoever tore this veil between him and Allah, Allah will tear the veil between him and the people.

Al-Fawaa’id, p.54

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]

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