The Names of Allah: Al-Hayy, Al-Qayoom – 3rd May 2015
Continuation of the Hadith:
Abu Said Al-Khudri narrated that Some Ansari persons asked for (something) from Allah’s Apostle (sallAllahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) and he gave them. They again asked him for (something) and he again gave them. And then they asked him and he gave them again till all that was with him finished. And then he said ”If I had anything, I would not keep it away from you. (Remember) Whoever abstains from asking others, Allah will make him contented, and whoever tries to make himself self-sufficient, Allah will make him self-sufficient. And whoever remains patient, Allah will make him patient. Nobody can be given a blessing better and greater than patience.”
“And whoever remains patient, Allah will make him patient.” After Fajr prayer many people hurry back to sleep, although this is a very important time during the day. Here you can show patience and stay awake, read Qur’an and remember Allah. Try to repel your desire to sleep. Remind yourself of the reward of patience.
Surat Al-‘Anfal Verse 46:
وَأَطِيعُوا اللَّهَ وَرَسُولَهُ وَلَا تَنَازَعُوا فَتَفْشَلُوا وَتَذْهَبَ رِيحُكُمْ ۖ وَاصْبِرُوا ۚ إِنَّ اللَّهَ مَعَ الصَّابِرِينَ
And obey Allah and His Messenger, and do not dispute and [thus] lose courage and [then] your strength would depart; and be patient. Indeed, Allah is with the patient.
Shaikh As-Sa’di used to sit with a pot of water after Fajr prayer. He would wash his face whenever he felt sleepy.
The self is always inclined towards laziness. When you show patience and persevere, Allah will give you strength to overcome the laziness and reward you abundantly. You will become a strong person with self control.
“…whoever tries to make himself self-sufficient, Allah will make him self-sufficient”
How can I practice this?
1) By enumerating the blessings of Allah upon you.
2) Belittle that worldly need that your ‘self ‘ is constantly seeking to have.
Allah will make you self sufficient by removing the desire for that thing in your heart. Allah will enrich you. Whatever Allah has granted you of worldly things is what you need in your life. You have no need for whatever Allah hasn’t granted you, it may even be harmful for you. This is regarding worldly and not religious things.
If someone gives you a gift, don’t say, “I don’t need it, I wish she’d given me something else.”
Who made that person give you that particular thing? Allah knows and is wise. He didn’t decree that gift to reach you except for some kind of wisdom.
At the end of the hadith the Prophet (Salla Allahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said, “There is no gift better than patience”. You cannot practice any act of worship without patience. This is why if you are given patience, it is the greatest blessing of Allah on you. Ask Allah to shower patience on you.
The names of Allah, Al Hayy-Al Qayoom, are mentioned together in Surat Al-Baqarah, Aali-Imran, and Ta-Ha.
Prophet Muhammad (Salla Allahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said: “Read the two lights; Al-Baqarah and Aali-Imran, for they will come on the day of Resurrection like two clouds or two shades or two flocks of birds arguing in favor of their companions.” Sahih Muslim Prophet Muhammad (Salla Allahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said: “Read Surat-al-Baqarah for surely holding to it is a blessing and leaving it is a cause of grief, and magicians cannot confront it (are unable to influence one who reads it).”
In Surat Al-Baqarah, the names are mentioned in Ayat-Al Kursi, the greatest verse in the entire Qur’an. In order to study this particular verse, we have to study Surat Al-Baqarah in general first. It is preceded by Surat Al-Fatihah where we ask Allah to guide us to the straight path. In Surat Al-Baqarah, Allah answers us saying if we want guidance, we’ll find it in the Qur’an. But, this guidance is only for the Muttaqeen.
Surat Al-Baqarah Verse 2:
ذَٰلِكَ الْكِتَابُ لَا رَيْبَ ۛ فِيهِ ۛ هُدًى لِّلْمُتَّقِينَ
This is the Book about which there is no doubt, a guidance for those conscious of Allah –
Whoever acts upon the commands in the Qur’an, Allah will honour him and whoever forsakes the Qur’an, he will be a loser. The Qur’an guides to belief in the unseen. The greatest unseen is Allah. Allah mentioned 5 stories in Surat Al-Baqarah which indicate Allah’s ability of resurrection. The Qur’an guides us to believe in the pillars of Eeman. Whoever believes in the unseen will be successful.