The Names of Allah: Al-Hayy, Al-Qayoom –29th March 2015 [PART I]
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.
This is not the life Allah wants for us. He wants the life of the Hereafter for us.
This life is a preparation for the Hereafter. It is just a passage to the real, true life.
Allah called Paradise, Dar-us-salam.
It is the abode of peace, safety, soundness. It is clear from every trouble and sickness. This is the abode we should look forward to.
The person who knows the reality of this life will work for the next. He will not rejoice for its pleasures nor will he be sad for its distresses. It is a deceiving pleasure. متاع الغرور
When you come across prosperity be grateful and you will be rewarded, when you come across distress be patient and you will be rewarded. Be in between these two acts of worship, Patience and Gratitude, until you die.
This life is full of disliked things such that we don’t attach our hearts to it.
Knowing the reality of Allah, this life and the next, will soften the heart. The soft hearted person is the person who has feelings towards the unseen.
If your heart doesn’t move when you hear about Paradise or the Hellfire, it means you have no feelings towards the unseen. It means your heart is hardened.
When the soft hearted person hears about Jannah his heart longs for it.
The disbelievers are afraid of death, They don’t want to hear about it. They just want to enjoy themselves to the maximum, trying to run away from death.
Surat Al-Jumu’ah Verse 8:
قُلْ إِنَّ الْمَوْتَ الَّذِي تَفِرُّونَ مِنْهُ فَإِنَّهُ مُلَاقِيكُمْ ۖ ثُمَّ تُرَدُّونَ إِلَىٰ عَالِمِ الْغَيْبِ وَالشَّهَادَةِ فَيُنَبِّئُكُم بِمَا كُنتُمْ تَعْمَلُونَ
Say, “Indeed, the death from which you flee – indeed, it will meet you. Then you will be returned to the Knower of the unseen and the witnessed, and He will inform you about what you used to do.”
Nowadays people are looking for ways to make themselves live longer. This will not prevent them from death.
The true believer on the other hand sees death as a moment of happiness, he is the one who spent his life obeying Allah. He knows he is going to meet Allah whom he has been longing to meet throughout his life.
If you know that this life ends with death then you have to prepare for it.
Abu Sa’eed Al-Khudri, may Allaah be pleased with him, narrated that the Prophet (sallAllahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) once said in a speech: “Allaah has given one of his slaves the choice between this life and what He has for him (i.e., paradise), so the slave chose what Allaah had for him.” Upon hearing this, Abu Bakr, may Allaah be pleased with him, began crying. We were all very surprised as to why would this story make Abu Bakr cry, but later we discovered that the Prophet (salla Allahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) was referring to himself as the one who was. It was then that we discovered that Abu Bakr, may Allaah be pleased with him, understood the Prophet (salla Allahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) the most.” (Bukhari & Muslim).
We need to know Allah by His names, attributes and actions from the Qur’an and Sunnah.
Allah’s life is perfect, it is not preceded with inexistence nor will it be followed by death. No fatigue or illness touches Him.
Allah’s perfect life implies perfect attributes.
It is in our fitra or nature that we love perfection. Whenever you hear about someone who is perfect in their manners, way of life, etc. you would naturally hope to meet them. When you hear that Allah is perfect in all aspects, this should make your heart attached to Him.
Allah is Al Qayoom. He is القائم على نفسه. He is rich, self subsisting, He doesn’t need anyone or anything, while we are in need of Him, we are constantly in need.
The scholars said Al Hayy entails all the essential attributes, and Al Qayoom entails all the practical attributes (actions i.e. Giving life, causing death, giving, taking, etc.)
All the names of Allah fall under the names Al Hayy, Al Qayoom.
Allah is قائم over every soul. Since you were a Nutfa in the womb of your mother, Allah has been قائم over you. He made you go from one stage to another until you were fully created in the womb of your mother. Then He brought you out of the womb, providing for you, protecting you etc.
Because of ignorance, our hearts are not attached to Him alone. We don’t understand the meaning of Al Qayoom and we don’t notice the impact of Allah’s Qayoomiyah.
We don’t deal with the Qur’an the way we should, therefore our belief is weak, making our hearts attached to other than Allah.
People leave Al Hayy and invoke the dead people who can’t hear them. The more you think and contemplate on the names of Allah, the more it’ll lead you to Tawheed.
Qayoomiyah= Allah is in charge of every creation, disposing their affairs.
We think that we are the ones in charge of our family, but it is not true,We are not in charge of their lives. We can’t give them life and cause them death nor can we make their blood flow through the veins. We are not in control of anything, Allah is the one in whose hands is the control.