The Names of Allaah: Al-Hakam, Al-Haakim & Al-Hakeem – Part 16 (1 of 2) – Sunday 12th May, 2013
Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aala) tells us in the Qur’aan that He is The All-Wise, the one who perfected everything that he created, the one to whom belongs the Absolute Knowledge and the one who puts everything in its right place. After Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aala) tells us this He commands us to reflect in His creation in order for us to know Him and to see the impact of His wisdom hence enabling us to explain every event that happens around us.
We can see a lot of oppression happening to our Muslim brothers and sisters in different parts of the world today, but we must take care of our thoughts about Allah when we witness such events. We must make sure we don’t question Allah’s Ability in supporting and helping the believers. We should remember that Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aala) is all aware of these events that are taking place. They cannot take place without His Will. He is The All-Wise, so there is wisdom behind these happenings.
Surah al-Buruj, verse 1:
وَالسَّمَاءِ ذَاتِ الْبُرُوجِ
By the heaven, holding the big stars.
This Surah began with Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aala) swearing and whenever He swears with something, it indicates that He wants to emphasize an important matter. The creation of the Heavens and the Earth, the sun, stars, and the moon are moving in a systematic way without any change.
Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aala) is drawing our attention to His Ability, Greatness, and Wisdom. On the Day of resurrection, the Promised Day, the Wisdom of Allah will be shown to you.
And [by] the witness and what is witnessed,
[Surah Al-Buruj: 2]
The Shaahid is the one who witnesses, and the Mash-hood is the witnessed. On the Day of Judgement, both the witness and the witnessed will be brought for judgement.
There are many evidences from the Qur’aan and the Sunnah that let us know that things are going to witness either for us or against us.
Surah Fussilat, verse 20:
حَتَّىٰ إِذَا مَا جَاءُوهَا شَهِدَ عَلَيْهِمْ سَمْعُهُمْ وَأَبْصَارُهُمْ وَجُلُودُهُم بِمَا كَانُوا يَعْمَلُونَ
Till, when they reach it (Hell-Fire), their hearing (ears) and their eyes, and their skins will testify against them as to what they used to do.
The people of the ditch tortured the believers whose only “crime” was that they believed in Allah.
وَمَا نَقَمُوا مِنْهُمْ إِلَّا أَن يُؤْمِنُوا بِاللَّهِ الْعَزِيزِ الْحَمِيدِ
They had nothing against them, except that they believed in Allah, the All-Mighty, Worthy of all Praise!
[Surah Al-Buruj: 8]
Then Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aala) says in Surah Al-Buruj verse 9:
الَّذِي لَهُ مُلْكُ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضِ ۚ وَاللَّهُ عَلَىٰ كُلِّ شَيْءٍ شَهِيدٌ
Who, to Whom belongs the dominion of the Heavens and the Earth! And Allah is Witness over everything.
To Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aala) belongs the whole dominion, He is the one who disposes the affairs of the whole universe with His wisdom. He is able to take the oppressors with punishment now, but He is giving them respite. He is the All-Mighty, but His might is praiseworthy. Allah is The-Forbearing, Al-Haleem, so he gives these oppressors the chance to repent. You who are in safety, and those who are under oppression, are both in a test in this life.
You may fail the test if you have think bad about Allah regarding the oppressed and the oppressed may pass this test if they go through this test with patience. The result of this test shall be known to us on the promised day, Al-Yaum al-Maw’oud. It is then when the person will be either a winner or a loser with Allah, and that depends on what is established in your heart about Allah.
Each one of us has a gate for him or her through which he or she will enter paradise; it could be that the oppression these people are going through is their gate to Paradise. If they show patience while under oppression, their end will be Paradise. Your test is your thought about Allah.
Everything you go through in this life is a test from Allah; the test could be in the form of something hateful or in the form of a blessing. If you show patience in the former and gratitude to Allah in the latter you will be a winner with Allah and He knows best. According to the decrees of Allah you have to show either patience or gratitude.
Believing in the wisdom of Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aala) will make you to be certain of His decrees and will make you accept it. You may not know the wisdom behind the events that are taking place in your life now, but on the Day of Judgement you will know the wisdom behind them all.
In Surah Muhammad verse 4:
وَلَوْ يَشَاءُ اللَّهُ لَانتَصَرَ مِنْهُمْ وَلَٰكِن لِّيَبْلُوَ بَعْضَكُم بِبَعْضٍ
”…but if it had been Allah’s Will, He Himself could certainly have punished them (without you). But (He lets you fight), in order to test you, some with others.”
Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aala) is able to rescue and support the believers, but He tests them.
He tested the people of Makkah when Abraha wanted to demolish the Ka’bah. The people of Quraysh didn’t stand defending the Ka’bah but they ran away saying, “The Ka’bah has a Lord and He can protect it”. Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aala) protected the Ka’bah by sending birds with pebbles that were stoning and killing everyone who wanted to destroy the Ka’bah. No one remained. This shows us Allah’s Ability.
Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aala) is The-Forbearing, Al-Haleem. He gives respite. How many of us were doing wrong in the past and Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aala) guided us? We must say Alhamdulillah that He didn’t take our lives then, Alhamdulillah that he bestowed upon us His guidance.