Purification from the Heart’s Sicknesses using the Name of Allah: Al ‘Aleem

1) Envy الحسد

In Surah An-Nisa [4:32]:

“And wish not for the things in which Allah has made some of you to excel others. For men there is reward for what they have earned, (and likewise) for women there is reward for what they have earned, and ask Allah of His Bounty. Surely, Allah is Ever All-Knower of everything.”

As-Sa’di رحمه الله said in his explanation of the above verse:

ينهى تعالى المؤمنين عن أن يتمنى بعضهم ما فضل الله به غيره من الأمور الممكنة وغير الممكنة

Allah warns the faithful not to covet the things which Allah has granted to others out of His benefaction and benevolence on them; whether such things are possible to attain or not.

فلا تتمنى النساء خصائص الرجال التي بها فضلهم على النساء، ولا صاحب الفقر والنقص حالة الغنى والكمال تمنيا مجردا لأن هذا هو الحسد بعينه، تمني نعمة الله على غيرك أن تكون لك ويسلب إياها

Therefore, women should not covet those characteristics of men by which Allah has granted them a degree higher over them; neither should the deprived or those with some disability covet for wealth and perfect physique, because such unattainable wishes are considered to fall under the category of envy. If a person, after witnessing Allah’s bounties in the possession of another, wishes that these bounties be taken away from that individual or destroyed and given to him, then this is termed as envy. 

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The Name of Allah – Al ‘Aleem العليم [Part 9]

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The Name العليم Al- ‘Aleem is profusely mentioned in the context of good deeds. This is in order to encourage  people to perfect the good deeds they perform. Many people may perform good deeds such as charity, but do not perfect it due to the fact that they are heedless that Allah knows about their deeds.

Allah uses the Name العليم Al ‘Aleem  in the context of encouraging us to spend, perform Jihad, and also in the context of repentance,  as mentioned previously. 

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Importance of Seeking Knowledge (featuring Allaah’s Name: Al-‘Aleem)

One of Allah’s Names is الرزاق (The Provider). Allah has two types of رزق (provision):

  1.  General
  2.  Special

Of the special رزق  – provision of Allah for His servants is beneficial knowledge. Allah is the One who grants the knowledge of Him to whomever He wills; not just anyone. We have to ask Allah to increase us in this special provision.

We are acquiring knowledge to establish Tawheed of Allah, which is the purpose behind our creation on earth.

Allah said in Surah Adh-Dhariyat [51:56]:

And I (Allah) created not the jinns and humans except they should worship Me (Alone).”

The Scholars said that يعبدون means يوحدون (To single Allah out with Tawheed).

This is the goal that should occupy us day and night. There should be no moment in our lives free of worshiping Allah alone. This means that we should perpetually worship Allah with the actions of our heart.
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The Name of Allah – Al ‘Aleem العليم [Part 8]

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 The Meaning of the Name العليم

Sheikh Abdur-Razzaq Al-Badr حفظه الله said:

  • Allah mentioned the Vastness of His Knowledge ذكر سبحانه سعة علمه:

For example, in Surah Ta-Ha [20:98]:

“Your Ilah (God) is only Allah, the One (La ilaha illa Huwa) (none has the right to be worshipped but He). He has full knowledge of all things.”

  • Allah’s Knowledge Encompasses Everything; Nothing escapes His Knowledge ذكر سبحانه إحاطة علمه بكل شيء

For example, in Surah Aal-Imran [3:120]:

If a good befalls you, it grieves them, but if some evil overtakes you, they rejoice at it. But if you remain patient and become Al-Muttaqun, not the least harm will their cunning do to you. Surely, Allah surrounds all that they do.”

  • Allah’s Knowledge encompasses the Secret and Open, the Unseen and Witnessed Matters. ذكر تبارك و تعالى إحاطة علمه بالسرائر و المعلنات و الغيب و الشهادة
  • Allah Knows all that is in the Heavens and Earth   ذكر سبحانه علمه بما في السماوات و الأرض
  • Allah Knows the The Keys of the Unseen, and none knows it except Him  ذكر سبحانه اختصاصه بمفاتح الغيب، فلا يعلمها إلا هو

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The Name of Allah – Al ‘Aleem العليم [Part 7]

Impacts of Believing in the Name of Allah  العليم

And Allah mentioned that His Knowledge encompasses the secrets, the open, the unseen, and the seen.

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Evidences:

f) Surah Ta-Ha [20:110]:

“He (Allah) knows what happens to them (His creatures) in this world, and what will happen to them (in the Hereafter), and they will never encompass anything of His Knowledge.”

No matter how much knowledge a person may have, he will never be able to encompass any of Allah’s Attributes. The Knowledge we have is nothing in comparison to the Knowledge of Allah. “و لا يحيطون به علما”

We only know what He taught us.

NOTE: All the narrations which say that the distance between the heavens and earth is 500 years have a dispute with regards to its authenticity.  Allah Knows the distance. But there are seven heavens, the Kursi, Water, the Throne, and Allah is above the Throne. Though He is the Most High, He knows everything that happens in the earth and in the universe. He sees the black ant walking over the black rock in the darkness of the night. He knows what is in our hearts, he knows the fraud of the eyes, what thoughts go through our mind. Have we given Allah His due estimate? Read the rest of this entry

The Name of Allah – Al ‘Aleem العليم [Part 6]

And Allah mentioned that His Knowledge encompasses the secrets, the open, the unseen, and the seen.

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Ibn Uthaymeen رحمه الله said that the heart is always concerned and intending to do things. It either is preoccupied with intending good, or preoccupied with intending evil.

The Prophet ﷺ said:

“إِنَّ اللَّهَ كَتَبَ الْحَسَنَاتِ وَالسَّيِّئَاتِ، ثُمَّ بَيَّنَ ذَلِكَ

“Allah ordered (the appointed angels over you) that the good and the bad deeds be written, and He then showed (the way) how (to write).

فَمَنْ هَمَّ بِحَسَنَةٍ فَلَمْ يَعْمَلْهَا كَتَبَهَا اللَّهُ لَهُ عِنْدَهُ حَسَنَةً كَامِلَةً، 

If somebody intends to do a good deed and he does not do it, then Allah will write for him a full good deed (in his account with Him);

e.g. He wants to perform ablution to recite the Quran. If he does not do it, regardless if it is intentional or unintentional, it will be written as a good deed for him.

فَإِنْ هُوَ هَمَّ بِهَا فَعَمِلَهَا كَتَبَهَا اللَّهُ لَهُ عِنْدَهُ عَشْرَ حَسَنَاتٍ إِلَى سَبْعِمِائَةِ ضِعْفٍ إِلَى أَضْعَافٍ كَثِيرَةٍ،

and if he intends to do a good deed and actually did it, then Allah will write for him (in his account) with Him (its reward equal) from ten to seven hundred times to many more times: 

The difference in reward is according to how much sincerity the person has and how much he follows the Sunnah. Ibn Othaimeen رحمه الله said that the more sincere a person is, and the more he follows the Sunnah, the more his reward will be. The less his sincerity, the less he follows the Sunnah, the less reward he will get. This is why the reward varies between people, although they may have performed the same deed. Read the rest of this entry

The Name of Allah – Al ‘Aleem العليم [Part 5]

Although majority of the  Muslims know the meaning of the Name of Allah العليم, the impact of believing in it is very weak in our lives. This Name implies the Attribute of العلم (Knowledge).

Knowledge is a common attribute between the creation and Allah. How can we practice Tawheed with regards to it? To single Allah’s Knowledge out with PerfectionIn order to do so, we need to compare our knowledge with Allah’s Knowledge.

The knowledge of humans is preceded with ignorance and is followed with forgetfulness. Allah’s knowledge is perfect; it is neither preceded with ignorance, nor followed with forgetfulness..

Allah’s Knowledge is vast, it comprehends everything, it surrounds everything. Nothing escapes from Allah’s Knowledge, no matter how min it may be. Allah therefore usually mentions “إحاطة علمه” with the plots of the disbelievers and hypocrites. Console your heart; no matter how much they are plotting, Allah is there for you. His knowledge encompasses everything and He will take them into account for it. This will prevent you from feeling fear. Read the rest of this entry

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