The Name of Allah: Al-‘Azeez (PART VIII) – 10th Rabi’ al-Awwal 1437
Continuation: What are the impacts of Allah’s عزة in my life / How can I worship Allah by His name العزيز?
7) The connection between the name of Allah العزيز and الرحيم
Ruling: Every name of Allah has a meaning. Whenever two names of Allah are joined together, they give an extra, more beautiful meaning:
Allah is عزيز in His mercy and He is merciful in His عزة
Allah doesn’t show mercy out of need for His servants or humiliation.
The Impact: Allah has control over His creation. No one can escape His power. At the same time, He is also merciful with His creation. He doesn’t hasten the punishment for them, rather He gives them respite in order for them to repent. But if the servant doesn’t desist from committing the sin, Allah, by His عزة, will take him with severe punishment
In Surat Ash-Shu’araa Allah mentioned the following verses 9 times:
ان في ذلك لاية وما كان اكثرهم مؤمنين
Indeed in that is a sign, but most of them were not to be believers.
Allah saved Musa and Bani Israeel by splitting the sea, and by that same sea He drowned Pharoah and His people.
Thus, He shows us His power, strength, and ability.
Although Allah gave the people of ‘Aad physical strength, the wind destroyed them. Their physical strength didn’t avail them. This is a sign for the believers; Allah is able.
Notice Allah’s ‘Iza and mercy. The disbelievers and believers were in the same place, but Allah made the punishment touch the disbelievers alone; He rescued the believers with His mercy and punished the disbelievers by His ‘Iza.
Don’t feel secure from the punishment of Allah. Just because you are far away from what’s happening in the world, doesn’t mean Allah can’t or won’t punish you.
At the end of the Surah Allah adresses the Prophet ﷺ
وتوكل على العزيز الرحيم
And rely upon the Exalted in Might, the Merciful,
Now that you know about Allah Al-Azeez Ar-Raheem and have seen how He rescued the believers by His mercy and punished those who disbelieved in their Prophets, Rely on Him and He will show you His mercy and His ‘Iza in dealing with the people who call you a poet, liar, and magician.
After knowing that Allah is العزيز الرحيم, we should fear His punishment and have hope in His mercy.
Surat Al-BaqarahVerse 208
يا ايها الذين امنوا ادخلوا في السلم كافة ولا تتبعوا خطوات الشيطان انه لكم عدو مبين
O you who have believed, enter into Islam completely [and perfectly] and do not follow the footsteps of Satan. Indeed, he is to you a clear enemy.
This verse could be referring to the Jews and Christians who believed in their Prophets, to embrace Islam or it could be a call to those already Muslim to act upon all the laws and legislations of Islam.
A true believer should accept and act upon all the Islamic laws. Shaytan will try to stop us from doing so but we must not follow his footsteps.
فان زللتم من بعد ما جاءتكم البينات فاعلموا ان الله عزيز حكيم
But if you deviate after clear proofs have come to you, then know that Allah is Exalted in Might and Wise.
Allah didn’t specify a punishment. It is as if He is telling you to imagine the severity of the punishment which will come to you from Al’Azeez. As people vary in their degree of transgression and deviation, Allah is Al-Hakeem, and will deal with them accordingly. The punishment will come in accordance to the sin you commit.
Reflect over what happened to the previous nations; every nation had a different punishment, suitable to their transgression.
Sinners can be of four categories:
1) The sinner who is knowledgeable with regards to the prohibitions and commands of Allah, but continues to sin as he doesn’t care.
The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “The adulterer is not a believer at the moment when he is committing adultery; the wine-drinker is not a believer at the moment when he is drinking wine; the thief is not a believer at the moment when he is stealing; the robber is not a believer at the moment when he is robbing and the people are looking on.”
(Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 2475; Muslim, 57).
His carelessness is due to lack of magnification of Allah and lack of respect for His Messenger ﷺ. His belief in Allah’s greatness is removed at that moment and he doesn’t fear that Allah will take him with punishment. He may even know many evidences which prove what he’s doing is prohibited but continues to persist in the sin anyway.
2) The sinner who has knowledge that what he is doing is prohibited by Allah, but sins with his excuse being that he has a doubt.
He may say that there are many views and opinions regarding that matter. The solution for this is to clarify the doubt; don’t remain in that state.
Some people may be provided with clear proofs but they will say that it doesn’t apply to them as their situation is different. They exempt themselves and make excuses.
3) The sinner who knows he’s committing a sin but belittles it.
To him the sin is minor, and he fails to realize that when the minor sins gather they will kindle a big fire and destroy him.
4) The sinner who knows that he’s committing a sin but relies completely on the mercy of Allah.
The common ground between the above mentioned sinners is that all of them have knowledge. But they all have different excuses to try and justify their sin.
Those who commit sins out of ignorance may be forgiven by Allah.
Surat Al-Baqarah Vere 286
ربنا لا تؤاخذنا ان نسينا او اخطانا
“Our Lord, do not impose blame upon us if we have forgotten or erred.
Find out the punishments which Allah mentioned in the Qur’an and the Prophet ﷺ said in the Sunnah about that particular sin. Nowadays people commit sins and take it lightly because they’ve forgotten the punishments for them.
Be aware of Allah’s observation and watchfulness. Allah sees you while you disobey Him. He may give you respite and not take you with punishment. but when He does seize you with punishment, you will never be able to escape it.Feel shyness towards Allah. How do you have the audacity to go and commit sin, after establishing your whole night in prayer?Fear for your status with Allah. Even if no one sees you while you commit the sin, know that Allah can see you. And this alone should make you stop.
Know Allah. Know His greatness; His ‘Iza. No one can escape Allah. Fear His punishment. Remember this when your self or the Shaytan tries to adorn evil and make you belittle the sin. Look at whom you are disobeying. It’s not just anyone. It’s Allah عز و جل.Knowing Allah helps us explain what’s happening around us in the world.Some people ask, “If Islam is the truth and Muslims are on the right path, why doesn’t Allah support Islam and the Muslims against their enemies?
The answer can be found when we ponder over the verses of Surat Al-Buruj.
This Surah begins with three oaths:
والسماء ذات البروج
By the sky containing great stars
And [by] the promised Day
And [by] the witness and what is witnessed,
Al-Buruj: The stations of the sun, stars, moon.
The Promised day is the Day of Judgement
Allah says in Verse 8:
وما نقموا منهم الا ان يؤمنوا بالله العزيز الحميد
And they resented them not except because they believed in Allah , the Exalted in Might, the Praiseworthy,
After the boy (in the story of the boy and the monk) was killed by the King, the people believed in Allah. The King, being a disbeliever, dug a ditch and kindled that ditch with fire. He then threatened every believer who refused to apostate to be thrown in this fire. After he did that, he and his men sat watching them.
Their “fault” was that they believed in Allah, Al-Azeez Al-Hameed.
What is the relationship between all of this and the name of Allah- العزيز الحميد? What does Allah want to tell us?
Whenever Allah swears by something it is to draw our attention to a very great matter. Look into the sky; you see the sun, moon, and stars. The sun has twelve positions, settling in one every month. The moon has 28 Buruj. Every day the moon settles in one position. The Stars have their own positions as well.
Allah is the Creator of these great creations, and He is the one controlling them.
Allah says in Surat An-Nahl Verse 12
وسخر لكم الليل والنهار والشمس والقمر والنجوم مسخرات بامره ان في ذلك لايات لقوم يعقلون
And He has subjected for you the night and day and the sun and moon, and the stars are subjected by His command. Indeed in that are signs for a people who reason.
He is the One commanding them to move in their orbits without collision. They have been working in that system since Allah created them without precedence nor delay. The people have been able to make calendars due to this.
These creations teach us many attributes of Allah:
1) Allah’s ability
No one makes the sun set and rise except Allah
2) Allah’s mercy
Without it the day and night wouldn’t be alternated, we wouldn’t have seasons, know the times for cultivation, the stars are guides for us, etc. Allah is merciful with His creation.
3) Allah’s vast knowledge
Allah knows what benefits His creation. He knows what reforms their lives and bodies.
4) Allah’s wisdom
Allah placed the sun in its place and the moon in its orbit such that there is no collision. Allah puts everything in its right place. He is perfect. Everything has worked in an organized system for thousands of years until the establishment of the Day of Judgement.