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.  According to a hadits, the Prophet (s.a.w.) said that, on the Last Day, when the last two souls are brought before Allah (s.w.t.), 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 better 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 husn azh-zhan is a foundation of our faith, a guard against despair and a shield against kufr.  It is our hope in Allah’s (s.w.t.) Good Qualities that allows to turn to Him, even when our sins are like mountains, and we have no reason to expect clemency.  People have condemned themselves simply because they thought lesser of Allah (s.w.t.), imagining Him to be like imperfect Creation, petty, vengeful and angry.  Verily, Allah (s.w.t.) is never that.


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