The Husn azh-Zhan of the Salik

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

Shaykh Abu al-Jannab Najm ad-Din ibn ‘Umar al-Kubra’ (q.s.) said that the salik should have good faith, husn azh-zhan, in Allah (s.w.t.).  And He Said, in a hadits qudsi, “I Treat My servant in accordance with his opinion of Me, so let him have whatever opinion he has.”  Therefore, it is necessary for a servant of Allah (s.w.t.) to have good faith in Allah (s.w.t.), or a favourable opinion of Him.  This state is reached as a result of discerning the Attributes of Beauty of Allah (s.w.t.), comprising Generosity, Mercifulness, Magnanimity and the Vastness of His Forgiveness.  Whoever mistrusts Allah (s.w.t.), or has an unfavourable opinion of his Lord, and loses hope in His Mercy, considers his vices and sins bigger than the capacity of Allah’s (s.w.t.) Generosity and Mercy.  This amounts to ascribing defect and shortcoming to Allah (s.w.t.).


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