We should be aware that we are in the abode of deeds and very soon we will move on to the abode of recompense. We must take advantage of our lives and all the opportunities Allah gives us to do good deeds. The good you do in your life will benefit you in your grave.
People fight and compete for the Dunya, turning away from the real life i.e. the life of the Aakhirah. The true believer’s concern is to prepare for that life.
The Messenger of Allah (Salla Allahu ‘alayhi wa sallam)ﷺ said, “When the human being dies, his deeds come to an end except for three: ongoing charity, beneficial knowledge, or a righteous child who prays for him.” (Muslim)
After death, you will no longer have the opportunity to get any reward, because your actions cease. Except for three deeds, which continue to reap rewards even after your death:
The name of Allah, Al-‘Azeez is a great part of our daily lives but we don’t realize it. To us the meaning of Al-‘Azeez is limited to ‘might’.
The meaning of عزيز، عزة and its derivations in the Qur’an:
1) Surat Al-Munafiqun Verse 8:
يقولون لئن رجعنا الى المدينة ليخرجن الاعز منها الاذل ولله العزة ولرسوله وللمؤمنين ولكن المنافقين لا يعلمون
They say, “If we return to al-Madinah, the more honoured [for power] will surely expel therefrom the more humble.” And to Allah belongs [all] honor, and to His Messenger, and to the believers, but the hypocrites do not know.
The hypocrites said that if they go to Madinah, Abdullah Ibn Ubayy would expel the Prophet (Salla Allahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) and his companions. In this verse, Allah replies to them.
العزة – strength, power, triumph, support, victory, etc.
It is a blessing from Allah that He made the means of seeking forgiveness easy, as there is no one from the sons of Adam except that he commits sins.
The Prophet (Salla Allahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said, “No people sit together to remember Allah and then they disperse except that it is said to them, “Disperse (or get up) for you have been forgiven.”
(Reported in Ahmad)
Continuation: How can I worship Allah by His name Al-‘Azeez?
1) Have Eeman in this Name.
Believing that no one can overcome Allah, Al-‘Azeez makes the believer strong and courageous.
2) Know that Allah’s ‘Iza is connected to His wisdom.
Allah’s decrees befall us by His ‘Iza, and nothing He decrees happens without a wisdom or a purpose.
3) Know that Guidance is connected to Allah’s ‘Iza.
Surat Ibrahim Verse 4:
وما ارسلنا من رسول الا بلسان قومه ليبين لهم فيضل الله من يشاء ويهدي من يشاء وهو العزيز الحكيم
And We did not send any messenger except [speaking] in the language of his people to state clearly for them, and Allah sends astray [thereby] whom He wills and guides whom He wills. And He is the Exalted in Might, the Wise.
What is the relationship between Al-‘Azeez, Al-Hakeem and guidance?
Acquiring religious knowledge is a virtuous deed in Islam.
Some scholars considered it better than Jihad in the way of Allah, as knowledge is the basis of everything in Islam. The one fighting in the way of Allah can’t go for Jihad without knowledge nor can he perform any of the acts of worship without knowledge.
Others said it is equal to Jihad, using the following verse as evidence:
Surat At-Tawbah Verse 122:
وما كان المؤمنون لينفروا كافة فلولا نفر من كل فرقة منهم طائفة ليتفقهوا في الدين ولينذروا قومهم اذا رجعوا اليهم لعلهم يحذرون
And it is not for the believers to go forth [to battle] all at once. For there should separate from every division of them a group [remaining] to obtain understanding in the religion and warn their people when they return to them that they might be cautious.
Mu’aawiyah reported: The Messenger of Allah (Salla Allahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said, “When Allah wishes good for someone, He bestows upon him the understanding of Deen.”
Allah commanded us twice in the Qur’an to know that He is Al-‘Azeez. In addition to that, this name is mentioned in the Qur’an 90+ times, and there are many more verses which talk about the impact of His ‘Iza.
The different kinds of ‘Iza mentioned in the Qur’an:
8) Surat Hud Verses 66-67,
فلما جاء امرنا نجينا صالحا والذين امنوا معه برحمة منا ومن خزي يومئذ ان ربك هو القوي العزيز
So when Our command came, We saved Salih and those who believed with him, by mercy from Us, and [saved them] from the disgrace of that day. Indeed, it is your Lord who is the Powerful, the Exalted in Might.
The ‘Iza implied in this verse is عزة القوى – ‘Iza of Strength.
Allah saved Saleh (‘Alayhissalam) and those who believed alongside him with His power and strength.
9) Surat At-Tawbah Verse 40,
الا تنصروه فقد نصره الله اذ اخرجه الذين كفروا ثاني اثنين اذ هما في الغار اذ يقول لصاحبه لا تحزن ان الله معنا فانزل الله سكينته عليه وايده بجنود لم تروها وجعل كلمة الذين كفروا السفلى وكلمة الله هي العليا والله عزيز حكيم
If you do not aid the Prophet – Allah has already aided him when those who disbelieved had driven him out [of Makkah] as one of two, when they were in the cave and he said to his companion, “Do not grieve; indeed Allah is with us.” And Allah sent down his tranquillity upon him and supported him with angels you did not see and made the word of those who disbelieved the lowest, while the word of Allah – that is the highest. And Allah is Exalted in Might and Wise.
The ‘Iza implied in this verse is عزة القهر و الغلبة – ‘Iza of Dominance and Overpowering.
Allah made Shirk low and the word of Allah (لا اله الا الله) superior. Allah is Dominant over the disbelievers and overpowers them.
Narrated by Abu Hurairah: Prophet Muhammad (SallaAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said, “Whoever follows a path to seek knowledge, Allah will make the path to Jannah (Paradise) easy for them.”
This is restricted to religious knowledge.
There are two kinds of ‘treading a path to knowledge’: