The Name of Allah: Al-‘Azeez (PART VI) – 6th December 2015
Continuation: How can I worship Allah by His name Al-‘Azeez?
1) Have Eeman in this Name.
Believing that no one can overcome Allah, Al-‘Azeez makes the believer strong and courageous.
2) Know that Allah’s ‘Iza is connected to His wisdom.
Allah’s decrees befall us by His ‘Iza, and nothing He decrees happens without a wisdom or a purpose.
3) Know that Guidance is connected to Allah’s ‘Iza.
Surat Ibrahim Verse 4:
وما ارسلنا من رسول الا بلسان قومه ليبين لهم فيضل الله من يشاء ويهدي من يشاء وهو العزيز الحكيم
And We did not send any messenger except [speaking] in the language of his people to state clearly for them, and Allah sends astray [thereby] whom He wills and guides whom He wills. And He is the Exalted in Might, the Wise.
What is the relationship between Al-‘Azeez, Al-Hakeem and guidance?
Sometimes when a wrong-doer is advised, he may respond by saying “Allah didn’t will for me to be guided” and use this verse among others to justify his claim. It is by Allah’s Will that He sent Messengers with guidance as a test for us. Allah then created in us the ability and strength to take an action.
If you obeyed, submitted and accepted the message of the messenger then you passed the test. Accordingly, the second decree will be that Allah will guide you. If, however, you rejected guidance and turned away from the message, you failed the test and the second decree will be your misguidance. Don’t neglect your role; you need to take the means of guidance.
By Allah’s ‘Iza, He sent Messengers, and He misguides and guides. Whomever Allah guides, no one can misguide. Whomever Allah misguides, no one can guide.
Allah is Al-‘Azeez, Al-Hakeem. He will not guide the person who didn’t accept the message, nor will He misguide the person who accepted the message. He puts everything in its right place. Sometimes we are so keen to guide a particular person but we find that the more attention we give them, the more averted they become.
Allah turns their hearts away in order to teach us that He is Al-‘Azeez, and that guidance by His hand, not by ours.
In Surat ‘Abasa, verses 1 to 10, Allah narrates an event that happened with the Prophet (Salla Allahu ‘alayhi wa sallam).
While he(Salla Allahu ‘alaiyhim wa sallam) was teaching the Chiefs of the Quraish, Abdullah bin Umm-Maktoum, who was blind, came to seek knowledge. The Prophet (Salla Allahu ‘alayhi wa sallam), out of his keenness to guide the Chiefs, turned away from him and focused on them. He (Salla Allahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) thought that if they were guided, the whole tribe would become Muslim. He (Salla Allahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) didn’t know that his responsibility wasn’t to guide, but to merely convey the message. The Chiefs felt in no need to know about religion, nor did they care or give heed to it.
This shows us that whenever we teach the people, we should not focus on a particular person or a group of people and be keen on them. Eventually, it’s not our responsibility to guide people; Our duty is to show and teach. Do so and leave them. If they are truthful, Allah will guide them and if they are not, He will misguide them. Don’t kill yourself with grief because they’re not accepting the message.
Guidance is in Allah’s hand. Also, it may not be the right time for that person to be guided. Allah knows the right time, because He is Al-Hakeem.
- Know that you are commanded to guide and call people to purify themselves, but your job is limited to calling, clarifying, explaining and delivering the message. You don’t have to run after them and force them to accept the message.
- Be a slave of Allah. Submit to Allah’s Will. Believe that whatever Allah ordained will happen, and whatever He ordains is a test for you. Don’t feel bad if the person doesn’t accept your advice. Your words don’t reach people’s hearts by your effort. Allah is the One who guides, not you. No matter how much you tire and work to educate people, if Allah doesn’t will for them to be guided, they won’t be.
This is also a test for your sincerity and truthfulness. Ask yourself, why are you so keen to guide that particular person? Is it because she is a noble person, or you love her, or because of another personal interest, etc? Whenever you find yourself concentrating on a certain person, then analyse the matter. Many a time we focus on a certain somebody because our hearts are attached to them. It’s important to keep personal feelings out of your Da’wah, otherwise it’ll affect it.
- Focus on the seekers of knowledge. You should give more attention to the one who wants to learn. Leave the one who turns away to Allah for guidance. It is not your duty to ensure if a person who doesn’t want to seek guidance and purity is pure and guided.
- Pray for their guidance.
Surat An-Nahl Verse 37:
ان تحرص على هداهم فان الله لا يهدي من يضل وما لهم من ناصرين
[Even] if you should strive for their guidance, [O Muhammad], indeed, Allah does not guide those He sends astray, and they will have no helpers.
Allah is Al-‘Azeez, whatever He wills will happen. He knows who deserves to be guided and who doesn’t. You just do your best to invite the people generally, and Allah will guide whomever He wills among them.
A mother might have done her best to guide her children and keep them away from negative influence. When one of her children ends up going astray, she wonders why this is happening. You should explain the situation to her by telling her that Allah is Al-‘Azeez and guidance is in His hands. It is He who turns and guides the hearts. Also, when she took the means she relied on herself and the means instead of trusting Allah. This is why she failed.
Take the means, guide, and advise but know that guidance is up to Allah. Don’t ever be proud and attribute it to yourself.
Ibn ‘Abbas (Radhi Allahu ‘anhu) reported: The Messenger of Allah (Salla Allahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) used to say,
اللَّهُمَّ لَكَ أَسْلَمْتُ وَبِكَ آمَنْتُ وَعَلَيْكَ تَوَكَّلْتُ وَإِلَيْكَ أَنَبْتُ وَبِكَ خَاصَمْتُ اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَعُوذُ بِعِزَّتِكَ لَا إِلَهَ إِلَّا أَنْتَ أَنْ تُضِلَّنِي أَنْتَ الْحَيُّ الَّذِي لَا يَمُوتُ وَالْجِنُّ وَالْإِنْسُ يَمُوتُونَ
O Allah, I have surrendered to you, and I put my faith in you, and I put my trust in you, and I have turned to you, and I have contested my opponents for your sake. O Allah, verily, I seek refuge in your power from going astray, for there is no God but you. You are the Living who never dies while the Jinn and humans die.
Constantly seek refuge in the ‘Iza of Allah from misguidance, because guidance and misguidance is connected with His ‘Iza.
4) Knowing Allah by His name, Al-‘Azeez, will give you peace and tranquillity.
Nothing can happen without the will of Allah. No one can harm you or benefit you without His permission. When you know this, you wouldn’t destroy yourself with sorrow and regret if you missed out on a worldly matter.
5) Believing in the name of Allah, Al-‘Azeez, will cause you to feel at rest towards your Rizq.
Surah Ash-Shuraa Verse 19:
الله لطيف بعباده يرزق من يشاء وهو القوي العزيز
Allah is Subtle with His servants; He gives provisions to whom He wills. And He is the Powerful, the Exalted in Might.
لطيف has two meanings:
Allah’s Rizq is connected to His Knowledge, Kindness, Will, Strength, and ‘Iza. In order to understand the provision, you need to understand these attributes of Allah. Allah is kind to His slaves, and knows what is good for them. Accordingly, He provides for them.
If Allah knows that broadening the Dunya for a servant will cause him to be heedless and diverted from the remembrance of Allah, or cause him to commit a sin, Allah will create a barrier between the person and attaining certain worldly matter. He will give him the perfect amount to keep his faith safe. Giving the person more or less than that amount may corrupt him.
Even love is a provision. You may have a son who loves you a lot, and a daughter who doesn’t love you as much. This is all provision from Allah and He provides for whomever He wills. Don’t be attached to anyone other than Allah. He will give you what is good for you.
The name of Allah Al-‘Azeez relates to our lives so much.