The Name of Allah: Al-‘Azeez (PART V) – 29th November 2015

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.


10) Surat Az-Zumar Verses 36 – 37,

اليس الله بكاف عبده ويخوفونك بالذين من دونه ومن يضلل الله فما له من هاد

Is not Allah sufficient for His Servant [Prophet Muhammad]? And [yet], they threaten you with those [they worship] other than Him. And whoever Allah leaves astray – for him there is no guide.

The ‘Iza implied in this verse is عزة القوى – ‘Iza of Strength.

11) Surat Al-Anfal Verse 63,

والف بين قلوبهم لو انفقت ما في الارض جميعا ما الفت بين قلوبهم ولكن الله الف بينهم انه عزيز حكيم

And brought together their hearts. If you had spent all that is in the earth, you could not have brought their hearts together; but Allah brought them together. Indeed, He is Exalted in Might and Wise.

The ‘Iza implied in this verse is عزة القهر و الغلبة – ‘Iza of Dominance and Overpowering.

12) Surat Al-Ma’idah Verse 38,

والسارق والسارقة فاقطعوا ايديهما جزاء بما كسبا نكالا من الله والله عزيز حكيم

[As for] the thief, the male and the female, amputate their hands in recompense for what they committed as a deterrent [punishment] from Allah . And Allah is Exalted in Might and Wise.

The ‘Iza implied in this verse is عزة القوى – ‘Iza of Strength.

13) Surah Al Mulk Verse 2,

الذي خلق الموت والحياة ليبلوكم ايكم احسن عملا وهو العزيز الغفور

[He] who created death and life to test you [as to] which of you is best in deed – and He is the Exalted in Might, the Forgiving –

The ‘Iza implied in this verse is عزة القهر و الغلبة – ‘Iza of Dominance and Overpowering.

Allah subdues us with death.

After knowing the meaning of the name of Allah العزيز and the three types of عزة, how can I worship Allah according to His name العزيز? 

1) Have belief in this name.

If you believe that Allah can never be overpowered or subdued by anyone, rather it is He who subdues everything, you will have strength, courage and will trust in Allah. Your belief will help you accomplish great things, because you will seek Allah’s help.

The believer is never afraid, because he knows his Lord is Al-‘Azeez. Without Whose will and permission nothing will happen.

When you reflect over the stories of the Prophets and Messengers, you will know this very well.

When Musa spoke to Allah on Mount Tur, Allah said,

in Surat An-Naml Verse 9:

يا موسى انه انا الله العزيز الحكيم

” ‘O Moses, indeed it is I – Allah , the Exalted in Might, the Wise”

We also find Allah repeatedly telling Musa not to be afraid. He mentioned this name of His in order to give Musa (‘Alayhissalam) strength and courage as he was going to meet Pharoah, the most tyrannical person on earth.

Before Musa (‘Alayhissalam)  was born, Pharoah was told that someone would be born from Bani Isra’eel who would take power and authority from him. So he ordered for the killing of all newborn boys. Then he was told that if he continued to do that, he would have no one left to serve him. So, he started killing the boys on alternate years (i.e. he’d kill one year, then pause the next).

Musa was born in the year that Pharoah was killing, and he was raised under the protection and care of Pharoah himself; in his own palace. Allah’s عزة is shown clearly here. Regardless of Pharoah’s tyranny and the precautions he took, Allah’s will was executed.

The believer should never be afraid, your Lord is Al-‘Azeez.

Pharoah chased Musa with his soldiers and Allah, by His Power, made the sea turn into two mountains. No one can do this except Allah القوي، العزيز. And with this same sea, He drowned Pharoah and His soldiers.

Allah wanted Yusuf to be a Prophet and have authority in the Land. When Yusuf’s brothers plotted to kill him, Allah, العزيز, turned one of the brothers hearts and caused them to spare him and throw him into a well instead.

Allah, by His عزة, unites the hearts , and by His عزة, He can separate the hearts.

Surat An-Nisa Verse 154:

بل رفعه الله اليه وكان الله عزيزا حكيما

Rather, Allah raised him to Himself. And ever is Allah Exalted in Might and Wise.

When the Jews intended to crucify ‘Isa  (‘Alayhissalam), Allah raised ‘Isa up to Himself by His Power and they couldn’t kill him.

Have strength and confidence that Allah is العزيز and is there supporting you. This belief enables the believer to undertake great missions without fear of anyone. Be strong and confident in Allah.

2) Allah’s ‘Iza is joined with His wisdom.

Whatever Allah wills will happen and Allah is wise in all that He wills.

Surat Al-Ma’idah Verse 118:

ان تعذبهم فانهم عبادك وان تغفر لهم فانك انت العزيز الحكيم

If You should punish them – indeed they are Your servants; but if You forgive them – indeed it is You who is the Exalted in Might, the Wise.

This was said on the tongue of Isa (‘Alayhissalam).

If You punish them, it is because they deserve it. Had they not been obstinate, tyrannical, and rebellious, You wouldn’t have punished them. You are more merciful to them than they are to themselves.

What is the wisdom behind Allah ending the verse with Al-‘Azeez, Al-Hakeem and not Al-Ghafoor, Ar-Raheem?

Allah forgives them not out of weakness. Sometimes we forgive the person who transgresses against us because we are weak. Allah doesn’t forgive because He is incapable of punishing them, rather He forgives them even though He is able to punish them.  He is Al-‘Azeez.

Also, He is The Most Wise. Allah knows who deserves to be punished and He knows who deserves to be forgiven. He won’t punish the person who seeks forgiveness.

Surat Al-Anfal Verse 49:

اذ يقول المنافقون والذين في قلوبهم مرض غر هؤلاء دينهم ومن يتوكل على الله فان الله عزيز حكيم

[Remember] when the hypocrites and those in whose hearts was disease said, “Their religion has deluded those [Muslims].” But whoever relies upon Allah – then indeed, Allah is Exalted in Might and Wise.

The believers in the Battle of Badr were few in number. The disbelievers who saw them said they were deceived by their religion, thinking that they could defeat them. Allah responded to them. It is Allah, Al-‘Azeez, who gives the power and strength.

Even if you are weak, alone, and in front of a whole community of people, Allah will give you the strength against them. The hypocrites don’t know this fact. That’s why when they saw the few numbers of believers, they said the Muslims were doomed.

Just put your trust in Allah, and He will give you strength against your enemy. Feel at rest, be confident, be tranquil, Allah will strengthen you.

If you are entrusted with a job far beyond your capability of accomplishing, seek the strength from Allah, Al-‘Azeez. It’s enough that He is there to support you and help you fulfill it.

A single person may be able to accomplish a job which a large group of people aren’t able to accomplish because he put his trust in Allah, Al-‘Azeez, Al-Hakeem.

Don’t be afraid or feel weak, be confident that Allah, Al-‘Azeez, is with you.

Whatever Allah has decreed of events, out of His عزة, is good for you because it’s linked with His wisdom. It’s either to reform your heart, make you a better person, elevate you in ranks or forgive your sins.

 

 

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