We previously mentioned that every soul shall taste death and it is Allah Al Hayy that is the one with the perfect life so we should attach ourselves to none other than Him. We musn’t attach ourself to this temporary life and we must prepare for death and work for the hereafter. We should learn about Allah, His names, attributes and actions from the Qur’an and Sunnah. Allah’s perfect life entails perfect attributes. All the names of Allah fall under Al Hayy, Al Qayoom. We have to understand the Qayoomiyah of Allah and notice its impact such that we attach ourselves to Him alone and fulfill Tawheed.
Now we are going to discuss the Qayoomiyah of Allah in the Qur’an.
In Surat Al Qasas Verse 76:
إِنَّ قَارُونَ كَانَ مِن قَوْمِ مُوسَىٰ فَبَغَىٰ عَلَيْهِمْ ۖ وَآتَيْنَاهُ مِنَ الْكُنُوزِ مَا إِنَّ مَفَاتِحَهُ لَتَنُوءُ بِالْعُصْبَةِ أُولِي الْقُوَّةِ إِذْ قَالَ لَهُ قَوْمُهُ لَا تَفْرَحْ ۖ إِنَّ اللَّهَ لَا يُحِبُّ الْفَرِحِينَ
Indeed, Qarun was from the people of Moses, but he tyrannized them. And We gave him of treasures whose keys would burden a band of strong men; thereupon his people said to him, “Do not exult. Indeed, Allah does not like the exultant.
Allah is mentioning the story of Qarun. Allah had given him huge treasures, the keys of which were so heavy that even strong men found it difficult to carry.
From Sahl ibn Aa’d who said that Allâh’s Messenger (salla Allâhu ‘alaihi wa’sallam) said: Jibreel (Alayhissalam) came to me and said: “O Muhammad! Live as long as you like, for you are going to die; Love whom ever you want for you are going to leave them; Do whatever you want for you are going to be requited for it; Know that the honour of the believer is his standing in prayer during the night, and his pride is in his independence from the people.” Reported by al-Haakim (4/324)
This Hadith tells us that every creature will die and no one will remain alive except Allah, Al Hayy, Al Qayoom
If everyone around us dies except Allah then why should we attach our hearts to other than Him?
It doesn’t matter how long we live, we will eventually die. A life that ends with death is not a true, real life.
Allah made this life an abode of trial. It is full of embitterment and distress.
No one’s life is perfect. Allah wants to tell us that this life is not the abode of settlement. The eternal life is the life in the hereafter. That is the life worthy of living.
The Messenger of Allah (sallaAllahu alayhi wa sallam) said: “Whoever recites Ayat al-Kursi immediately after each prescribed Prayer, there will be nothing standing between him and his entering Paradise except death.”
[An-Nasa’i, Ibn Hibban]
The Prophet (sallaAllahu alayhi wa sallam) said that whomsoever recites the first verses of Surat al-Mu’minun and then Ayat al-Kursi in the morning, will remain under the protection of Allah Most High until the evening. Similarly, whomsoever reads this during the night, will remain under the protection of Allah Most High until the morning.
Only those who recite Ayat al kursi with an attentive heart, understanding every word and the names of Allah mentioned in it will receive the rewards.
Two of the greatest names mentioned in this verse are Al-Hayy and Al-Qayoom.
Allah’s name Al-Hayy implies Allah’s perfect and eternal life which entails perfect attributes.
Al-Qayoom implies everything that exists in this life is by Allah and everything is in need of Him for their existence and the continuity of their existence.
After knowing this your heart will turn to Allah alone and you will strengthen your relation with Him in whose hand is your life.
Understanding the name Al Qayoom will perfect your Tawheed.
The Prophet (Salla Allahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said,” Whoever fasts during Ramadhan with faith and seeking his reward from Allah will have his past sins forgiven.”
In order to establish the days of Ramadhan with fasting and its nights with prayer, faith is needed, which we ought to start working on increasing from now. The righteous predecessors used to invoke Allah from Rabi Al-Awwal to make them reach the month of Ramadan, with strong faith.
One of the means of increasing faith is knowing Allah by His names and attributes. This is obligatory upon the believer. When you know Allah by His names and attributes, your Tawheed will be correct and you will behave in a way that is pleasing to Allah.
When you fulfill the conditions of لَا إِلَهَ إِلَّا اللّه in your life, Allah will enable you to pronounce the statement at the time of your death.
Mu’adh ibn Jabal reported: The Messenger of Allah (sallaAllahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said, “He whose last words are لَا إِلَهَ إِلَّا اللَّه will enter Paradise.”
Sunan Abu Dawud 3116
When you know Allah you will love, magnify and deify Him. Your heart will be attached to Him and no one else, and this is nothing but Tawheed.
Only few people know the meaning of the names present in Ayat Al-Kursi even though they read it daily. If you want it to have an effect you must know and understand the meaning of the Ayah, especially the names of Allah mentioned in it.
Allah has created us to know Him as a result of which we will love, magnify and worship Him, thus fulfilling the purpose behind our creation.
We will come to know Allah from the Qur’an and the Sunnah. Allah tells us about Himself numerous times in the Qur’an.
For instance, in the beginning of Surah Aal-Imran Verse 1:
Love and magnification are feelings. Allah created everyone with feelings but they don’t use it to come closer to Allah. They direct their feelings to worldly things.
The true believer has strong feelings towards the غيب (The Unseen). He has strong feelings towards every article of faith.