Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Expecting the best from Allah

Ibn al-Qayyim (Allah have mercy upon him) said:

“Most people – in fact, all of them except those protected by Allāh – assume other than the truth, and assume the worst. Most people believe that they are deprived of their rights, have  bad luck, deserve more than what Allāh gave them, and it is as if they are saying: ‘My Lord  has wronged me and deprived me of what I deserve,’ and his soul bears witness to this while  his tongue denies it and refuses to openly state this. And whoever digs into his soul and comes to know its ins and outs will see this in it like fire in a triggered explosion…And if you dig into anyone’s soul, you will see that he blames fate and would rather have something else happen to him than what actually did, and that things should be this way or that…So, dig into your own self: are you protected from this? If you are safe from this, you have been protected from something great. Otherwise, I do not see that you have been saved.”[1]

He also said:
“The more you have good expectations of your Lord and hope in Him, the more you will rely on and trust in Him. This is why some explained true reliance and trust to be having good expectations of Allah. In reality, having good expectations of Him leads to relying on and trusting in Him, as it is unthinkable that one can trust in someone that he has bad expectations of or no hope in, and Allāh Knows best.”[2] He also said: “The one who hopes in Allāh should always be optimistic, cautious, and hopeful in Allāh’s bounty, expecting the best from Him.[3]

Sayyid Qutb (Allah have mercy upon him ) said:
“As for the believers whose hearts are connected to Allāh, whose souls are close to Him, who experience His constant bounty – they do not despair of the Mercy of Allah even if they are surrounded on all sides by disaster and severe hardship. The believer is in the mercy of the shade of his faith, the pleasure of his connection to his Lord, and the tranquility of his confidence in his Guardian even when he is in the throes of hardship and disaster.”
He also said:
“The believing heart assumes the best of its Lord, and always expects the best from Him. It expects good from Him in times of ease and times of hardship, and it believes that Allāh wants good for him in either situation. The secret of this is that his heart is connected to Allāh, and the flow of good from Allāh is never cut off. So, whenever the heart is connected to Him, it touches upon this fundamental reality and experiences it in a direct and sweet.

[1] Zād al-Ma’ād’ (3/235)
[2] Tahdhīb Madārij as-Sālikīn’ (p. 240)
[3] Tahdhīb Madārij as-Sālikīn’ (p. 300)
[4] Fī Dhilāl al-Qur’ān’ (6/3219)

Source: Expecting the best from Allah
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