Friday Lessons

Harbouring an optimistic view about Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى)

by: Shaykh Zafar ul Hasan
Allah said I am always as my worshipper assumes about me

O you who have believed, avoid much (negative) assumption, Indeed some assumptions are sin ( Al-Hujarat, 49: 12)

Possessing an optimistic assumption about Allah is one the finest act of worship (Sunan Tirmidhi)

  It is one of the foundations of faith that one should harbor a very beautiful attitude towards his creator. Harboring an optimistic view about Allah is one the finest act of worship says Sunan Tirmidhi quoting the Prophet (peace be upon him). One should never adopt a pessimistic view about Allah says the Qur’an: O you who have believed, avoid much (negative) assumption, Indeed some assumptions are sin ( Al-Hujarat, 49: 12)

  Tawaqqal ( Trusting Allah) is an Optimistic Assumption

Your Lord has decreed mercy on Himself (Al-An’am 6, 54) states the Quran.  One should always hope the best from Allah because, the bounties, the mercy and the Blessings of Allah always overpowers his Anger.  Sahih Hadith says that, Thousands of years before creating the Universe, Allah has prescribed that, “Indeed my Mercy will prevail over my anger.” (Sahih Bukhari and Sahih Muslim)

The Mercy of Allah is Vast

“Allah has one hundred parts of mercy, of which He sent down one between the jinn, mankind, the animals and the insects, by means of which they are compassionate and merciful to one another, and by means of which wild animals are kind to their offspring. And Allah has kept back ninety-nine parts of mercy with which to be merciful to His slaves of the Day of Resurrection.” (Muslim, al-Tawbah, 6908)

Consider this: Allah gives health, wealth and happiness to human beings but many of them disobey Him, show ungratefulness and worship false gods, yet Allah shows His Mercy towards them by sending rain, cereals and fruits along with other good things.

An example of the Mercy of Allah

On the day of Judgement, two people in Hell fire would be screaming and shouting a lot out of pain. The complaint about their noise will reach Allah. He will summon them and ask them the reasons of their loud screams and shouts. Both will reply that it is very unbearable in the fire of Hell. Allah will tell them that this was the punishment for their sins in worldly life. Then He will again command them to go back to the Hell and continue receiving their punishment. One of them will rush towards Hell, whereas the other will stand still quietly. Allah will ask both of them the reasons for their actions.  The first one will say, “ O my Lord! Throughout my life I disobeyed you and learnt a lesson that this has resulted in my punishment so today right in your presence I felt ashamed to disobey you so I rushed to Hellfire.” The other will say, “O my Lord! I have recall that once you bring out someone from Hellfire, you will not put him back into it.” Being pleased by both the answers Allah will forgive and command both of them to go to Jannah as friends and stay there forever. One was told that he will go to Paradise for obeying Allah and the other was told to go to Paradise for being hopeful of Allah’s Mercy.”