Allah’s Name: Al Qaadir, Al Qadeer, Al Muqtadir (Part 13) – Sunday 29thApril 2012
Posted by Enlightenment into Islam Center
Last week, we mentioned 3 impacts of believing in the Names of Allaah: Al Qaadir, Al Qadeer, Al Muqtadir.
This week we continue with a very important impact:
4- To strengthen the resolution of the slave when performing the good and strengthen his resolution to avoid committing the evil.
Abu Hurayrah (Radhia Allaahu ‘anhu) reports that the Prophet (Salla Allaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said: “The strong believer is better and more beloved to Allaah than the weak believer, while there is good in both. Guard over that which benefits you, seek Allaah’s Assistance, and don’t lend yourself to things devoid of benefit, and if something befalls you, then don’t say,’If I only would have done such and such,’ rather say, ‘Allâh ordained this and He does what He wills.’ [QadrAllaahu wa maa shaa’ fa’al] for verily the phrase ‘If I would have’ makes way for the work of the Devil.” (Saheeh Muslim)
The above hadeeth is related to the Tawheed and is a very comprehensive advice from the Prophet (Salla Allaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) to his Ummah.
“The strong believer is better and more beloved to Allaah than the weak believer, while there is good in both.”
A stronger believer is stronger in the aspect of faith, but in both of them there is good because they are both believers. The one who is stronger in faith is better in the sight of Allaah because he is active and energetic in performing good deeds and in the performance of prayers. This is the characteristic of the strong believer. As the person performs more deeds of good, Allaah ‘s love for him will increase.
“Guard over that which benefits you,”
Sisters & brothers in Islam, be keen and adhere to that which will benefit you in both your worldly and religious affairs. The mindful person is the one who accepts the advice of the Prophet (Salla Allaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam).
For example, you desire the highest place in Paradise, a good end, and to purify your heart. These are all noble matters, but what should you do? You should be keen to attain these by taking the means to it! It is not a matter of wishing, for if you really wanted to attain these goals you would certainly take the means.
If you do not find the means, then ask Allaah to bring into its existence and to bless and benefit you with it. Then when Allaah brings the means into existence, ask Him to give you the result after you’ve taken the means.
The above statement also implies that if two beneficial matters – two religious matters-conflicted at the same time, you should choose the one which is more rewarding with Allaah, more virtuous in the sight of Allaah, and loved by Allaah etc.
For example: if your mother and father ask you to do something at the same time you should answer your mother as she has more rights upon you than your father. If there are two mosques which are both far, you should choose the mosque which has more congregation than the other.
If the religious matter conflicted a with the worldly matter at the same time, you should be keener in doing the religious one first. This is because if you take care of your religion, and it is reformed, then your worldly affairs would be reformed accordingly.
For example, acquiring knowledge: If it happens that your friend asks you to come for a get-together at the same time a religious class is being held, you should prefer that which will reform your religion over the worldly matter.
“Seek Allaah’s Assistance,”
It is important that you ask Allaah’s help (Isti’aanah). Do not rely on your strength and self because Allaah is the one who will help you perform the good and He will be the One to help you avoid the sin.
“and don’t lend yourself to things devoid of benefit,”
This means not to lose heart. Allaah may have opened the gate of performing good deeds for you and you give excuses or delay doing it. You place obstacles in front of yourself before even taking the action.
Another form of this is if a person was energetic in the beginning but then lagged on later on, either stopping or delaying. The Prophet (Salla Allaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) forbade us from doing so. You should continue seeking help until the end. There are many people who don’t even try to take the means. They fail in taking what is available, what Allaah has given them of means under their hands, their characters. They don’t benefit from their characters and use them in reaching what they want. And if it is that you have deficient characters, use your deficient characters to get closer to Allaah by taking means to refine your self and striving against your evil desires.
“and if something befalls you then don’t say, ‘If I only would have done such and such,’ rather say ‘Allâh ordained this and He does what He wills’ [QadrAllaahu wa maa shaa’ fa’al]. For verily the phrase, ‘If I would have’, makes way for the work of the Devil.”
Bear in mind that Allaah willed that incident to happen and you took the means, did your best, but what you did not expect, happened.
The Prophet (Salla Allaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) advised us not to say ‘ if ‘, and he (Salla Allaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) justified this by saying that it opens the gate for the Shaytaan to whisper in your heart, evil thoughts about Allaah (Subhaanahu wa Ta’ala).
Brothers & Sisters in Islam, don’t say:
“Had I done so it would have been such and such but..”
“Allaah has decreed it and Allaah did what He willed.”