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Between Allah and His Servant

MIT
3/11/2014
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Allah the Almighty is a Merciful and Compassionate God. Man runs far away from Him and His mercies and yet He gives him a long rope to repent and compensates him justly and accordingly. At the same time, when a servant of His draws closer to Him, He gets even closer to Himself and lavishes him with a lot of His bounties and rewards. Allah says in a Hadith Qudusi (Allah's words narrated by the Prophet peace be upon him, which is not part of the Qur'an); "whoever (among My servants) remembers Me within himself, I will remember him within Myself, and whoever mentions Me within a gathering, I will mention him in a gathering better than it. And whoever draws nearer to Me a span's length, I will draw near to him an arm's length, and whoever draws nearer to Me an arm's length, I will draw closer to him a fathom's length. And if he comes to me walking, I will come to him running." (Al-Bukhari).

 

 

 

This Sound Hadith indicates how great the Grace of Allah, Glory be to Him, is. It also indicates that He generously gives His servants what is good for them. Allah is more eager to reward His servants with Goodness, Blessings, and Bounties than they are in hastening to perform good deeds. He is similarly very eager to reward His servants with Goodness and Blessings than His wanting to punish them for their sins. But, He is a Just God, and will always discharge justice between His servants.

 

 

 

There is no objection to accepting the apparent meaning of the Hadith the way the Salaf (righteous predecessors) did, because when the Companions heard this Hadith from the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) they did not argue, ask about it, or draw their own allegorical interpretation, even though they are the most elite and finest people of the Muslim nation. They were the most learned in the Arabic language and knew best what Attributes can and cannot be ascribed to Allah, Glory be to Him.

 

 

 

So one’s duty in this concern is to accept the Hadith and understand correctly what it says. An attribute that befits Allah’s Glory is still unlike any attribute of His creation. Allah’s drawing closer to His servant is unlike the servant’s drawing closer to other beings; His walking and running are unlike that of His servants. Allah’s Wrath, Good Pleasure, His Coming on the Day of Resurrection to judge between His servants, His Rising over the Throne, and His Descent in the last third of the night every night, are all in a manner befitting His Majesty, Glory be to Him, and none of His creation resembles Him.

 

 

 

Just like it is impossible to compare Allah’s Rising over the Throne, His descent in the last third of the night, or His Coming on the Day of Judegment in any way with His creatures, so is His drawing close to His devout servants who worship Him and hasten to obey His Commands.

 

 

 

Between Allah and His servants; when they do righteous deeds he rewards every single righteous deed ten folds, and when they commit a sin against Him, the sin is recorded as just one and one sin. Buttressing this, the Prophet (peace be upon him) says: "Whoever reads a letter from the Book of Allah will have a reward. And that reward will be multiplied by ten. I am not saying that “Alif, Laam, Meem” is a letter, rather I am saying that “Alif” is a letter, “laam” is a letter and “meem” is a letter.” (At-Tirmidhi).

 

 

 

In a more general footing, Abu Huraira (may Allah be pleased with him) narrates that the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said: "If one of you betters his Islam, then every good deed he does will be recorded for him ten folds up to seven hundred folds, and every bad deed he commits will be recorded in its kind."

 

 

 

In another Hadith Qudusi, the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) narrated that "Allah has written down the good deeds and the bad ones. Then, he explained it [by saying that]: 'He who has intended a good deed and has not done it, Allah writes it down with Himself as a full good deed, but if he has intended it and has done it, Allah writes it down with Himself as from ten good deeds to seven hundred times, or many times over. But if he has intended a bad deed and has not done it, Allah writes it down with Himself as a full good deed, but if he has intended it and has done it, Allah writes it down as one bad deed.” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim).

 

 

 

This is just a tip of the ice-berg as per the relationship  and interaction between Allah and His servants. Same thing can be noticed in His replies to one who recites the opening chapter (Suratul-Fatihah) in his prayers.

 

 

 

Abu Hurairah (may Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Apostle of Allah (peace be upon him) said: If anyone observes prayer in which he does not recite Umm al-Qur’an, It is deficient [he said this three times] and not complete. It was said to Abu Huraira (may Allah be pleased with him): At times we are behind the Imam. He said: Recite it inwardly, for he had heard the Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) declare that Allah the Exalted had said: I have divided the prayer into two halves between Me and My servant, and My servant will receive what he asks. When the servant says: Praise be to Allah, the Lord of the universe, Allah the Most High says: My servant has praised Me. And when he (the servant) says: The Most Compassionate, the Merciful, Allah the Most High says: My servant has lauded Me. And when he (the servant) says: Master of the Day of judg- ment, He remarks: My servant has glorified Me. and sometimes He would say: My servant entrusted (his affairs) to Me. And when he (the worshipper) says: Thee do we worship and of Thee do we ask help, He (Allah) says: This is between Me and My servant, and My servant will receive what he asks for. Then, when he (the worshipper) says: Guide us to the straight path, the path of those to whom Thou hast been Gracious not of those who have incurred Thy displeasure, nor of those who have gone astray, He (Allah) says: This is for My servant, and My servant will receive what he asks for."

 

 

 

May Allah the Almighty bless us all and give us the strength to worship him in total obedience and desist from all forms of sins and evil deeds being whispered to us by the accursed Devil (Shaitan al-Rajeem). Ameen.






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