Sunday, 25 May 2014

A Good Opinion of God

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

One of the most difficult things for many people is to have husn azh-zhan, good thoughts, of Allah (s.w.t.).  He who has a good thought of Allah (s.w.t.), it is like a du’a, a supplication of the highest magnitude.  Shaykh Hamza Yusuf said, “According to a beautiful hadits, the Prophet (s.a.w.) said that on the Last Day, when the last two souls are brought forth before God, they are both Condemned to Hell.  As the angels escort them to their final fiery abode, one of them wistfully looks back.  Thereupon, Allah (s.w.t.) Commands the angels to Bring him back and Asks the man why he turned back.  The man replies, ‘I was expecting something else from You.’

Allah (s.w.t.) Responds, Commanding the angels, ‘Take him to My Garden.’

It is our expectation of Allah (s.w.t.) that determines where we are.  This points up the need for thinking well not only of Allah (s.w.t.) but also of Allah’s (s.w.t.) Creation, despite the fact that we are all messy, imperfect works in progress, struggling along in this journey.”

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