Who is Allâh?

Who Is Allaah?

Al-Imam Ibn al-Qayyim (may Allaah have mercy on him) described the greatness of Allaah in the most beautiful way:

• “He is controlling the affairs of all the kingdoms.
• He commands & prohibits;
• Creates & gives provision;
• Gives death & gives life.
• He raises & lowers people’s status;
• Alternates night & day;
• Gives days (good & not so good) to men by turns;
• And causes nations to rise & fall;
• So that one nation vanishes & another emerges.
• His command & decree are carried out throughout the heavens & on earth;
• Above it & below it;
• In the oceans & in the air.
• He has knowledge of all things & knows the number of all things.
• He hears all voices;
• And does not mistake one for another;
• He hears them all;
• In all the different languages & with all their varied requests & pleas.
• No voice distracts Him from hearing another;
• He does not confuse their requests;
• And He never tires of hearing the pleas of those in need.
• He sees all that is visible;
• Even the walk of a black ant across a solid rock in the darkest night.
• The unseen is visible to Him;
• And secrets are known to Him, Whosoever is in the heavens & on earth begs of Him (its needs from Him).
• Every day He has a matter to bring forth (such as giving honour to some, disgrace to some, life to some, death to some, etc.)! [The Quran 55:29 interpretation of the meaning]
• He forgives sins;
• Eases worries;
• Relieves distress;
• Helps the defeated person back on his feet;
• Makes the poor rich;
• Guides the one who is astray & confused;
• Fulfils the needs of the desperate;
• Feeds the hungry;
• Clothes the naked;
• Conceals faults;
• And calms fears.
• He raises the status of some & lowers the status of others.
• Even if all the inhabitants of heaven & earth:
• The first & the last of them;
• Mankind & jinn alike;
• Were to be as pious as the most pious among them;
• This would not increase His sovereignty in the slightest;
• If they all, the first & the last of them;
• Mankind & jinn alike;
• Were to be as rebellious as the most rebellious among them;
• This would not decrease His sovereignty in the slightest;
• If everything in heaven & on earth;
• The first & the last of them;
• Mankind & jinn;
• Living & dead;
• Animate & inanimate,
• Were to stand in one place &
ask of Him;
• And He were to give them everything that they asked for;
• This would not decrease what He has by even an atom’s weight.
• He is the First;
• Before Whom there is nothing;
• And the Last;
• After Whom there is nothing.
• He is the Most deserving of being remembered;
• The Most deserving of being worshipped;
• The Most deserving of being thanked.
• He is the Most Compassionate of kings;
• The Most Generous of those who are asked.
• He is the King Who has no partner or associate;
• The One who has no rival;
• The Self-Sufficient Master;
• Who has no son;
• The Most High;
• And there is none like unto Him.
• Everything will perish save His face [Quran 28:88 interpretation of the meaning]
• And everything will vanish except His sovereignty.
• He will not be obeyed except by His permission;
• And He will not be disobeyed except with His knowledge.
• He is obeyed;
• So He shows His appreciation;
• And He is disobeyed;
• So he forgives.
• Every punishment on His part is justice;
• And every blessing from Him is a favour.
• He is the closest of witnesses & the nearest of protectors.
• He seizes people by their forelocks;
• Records their deeds & decrees the appointed time for all things.
• Hearts conceal nothing from Him;
• For secrets are known to Him.
• His gift is a word & His punishment is a word;
• Verily, His Command, When He intends a thing,
Is only that He says to it, ‘Be! & it is.’” [Quran, 36:82 interpretation of the meaning]

(Adapted from al-Waabil al-Sayib, p. 125)



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