Benefits related to Asma wa Sifaat
From : Explanation of the Du’aa to alleviate Grief, Distress and Anxiety
Transcription of Abu Abdullah Hasan as Somaali‘s lecture
Transcription by: Umm Yusuf min Sri Lanka
The third fundamental : Belief in the names and perfect attributes of Allaah
The third fundamental that is found in this hadith, “that the slave should believe in the names of Allaah, the beautiful names of Allaah and the perfect attributes of Allaah that have been found in the Qur’aan and the Sunnah and he should use them to supplicate to Allaah سبحان وتعلى.
As Allaah, He said in the Qur’aan,
“وَلِلّهِ الأَسْمَاءُ الْحُسْنَى فَادْعُوهُ بِهَا
And Allaah سبحان وتعلى has the most beautiful Names. So call upon Him by them”
(Surah al A’raf v. 180)
And Allaah said in the Qur’aan,
“Invoke Allaah or invoke the Most Merciful, by whatever Name of His you call upon Him or you invoke Him by, it is the same as to Him belong the most beautiful Names.”
Because the Shaykh he mentions that the servant the greater amount of knowledge that the servant has about Allaah and His Names and His Attributes then the greater khashiyah the greater his fear will be of Allaah سبحان وتعلى and the more mindful he will be of Allaah سبحان وتعلى and this will cause him to distance himself from disobeying Allaah سبحان وتعلى and falling into that which Allaah dislikes.
As some of the salaf they used to say, “Whoever knows Allaah سبحان وتعلى the best then he will be the one who fears Allaah سبحان وتعلى the most.” And the Shaykh he said, “that is why one of the greatest things that will banish this anxiety and worry and sadness that the slave, he knows his Lord. That the slave he knows his Lord سبحان وتعلى.”
And as I say to you brothers and sisters just pausing here with regards to some of the benefits of knowing Allaah سبحان وتعلى and knowing his Names and His Attributes. So we can understand the statement of some of the salaf when they used to say, “(Arabic) the more the person knows Allaah the more he will fear Allaah سبحان وتعلى.”
If we believe brothers and sisters that Allaah سبحان وتعلى is Samiun, Basheerun, Aleemun, the All-Seeing, the All-Hearing, All-Knowing, and that nothing in the heavens and the earth is hidden from Him and that Allaah سبحان وتعلى knows that which is done in private and that which is hidden and He knows even when a person blinks their eye and that which a person hides in their chest, if we believe that Allaah سبحان وتعلى is like this, then how will He cause us to believe. He will cause us to constantly be mindful of Allaah, that Allaah sees us, He will cause us to control our tongue, it will cause us to safeguard our body parts and prevent them from disobeying Allaah. It will cause us to monitor our hearts, and try and protect our hearts from everything that is not pleasing to Allaah.
Ibn Rajab رحمح الله تعلىhe mentioned in his book Sharh Kalimatul Ikhlas. And look brothers and sisters this is the effect of knowing the Names and Attributes of Allaah عزّ وجل, he said, (Arabic) a man on one occasion he tried to seduce a woman (Arabic) and they were in an open barren space meaning it was just them, a dark night, a dark place in a barren land, desert land, nothing was there, just them but then, the woman refused, why did she refuse? And how did the man respond? (Arabic) The man said, “(Arabic) Nothing can see us except for the stars.” She said, “Where is the one Who created the stars?” So look at the effect of knowing the Names of Allaah سبحان وتعلى meaning Allaah سبحان وتعلى, He sees us. As Allaah سبحان وتعلى says in the Qur’aan,
أَلَمْ يَعْلَمْ بِأَنَّ اللَّهَ يَرَى
Does he not know that Allaah sees. Surah al Alaq v. 14
إِنَّ رَبَّكَ لَبِالْمِرْصَادِ
Verily, your Lord is Ever Watchful (over them). Surah al Fajr v. 14
وَاتَّقُوا اللَّهَ إِنَّ اللَّهَ سَمِيعٌ عَلِيمٌ
Fear Allaah! Verily Allaah is the All-Hearing the All-Knowing. Surah al Hujurat v. 1
And Allaah سبحان وتعلى says in the Qur’aan,
اعْمَلُوا مَا شِئْتُمْ إِنَّهُ بِمَا تَعْمَلُونَ بَصِيرٌ
“Do that which you desire, Allaah sees everything that you do.” Surah Fussilat v. 40
So if a person has this belief in the Names and Attributes of Allaah they will be mindful of Allaah عزّ وجل. If the slave knows that Allaah سبحان وتعلى is the Most Merciful, the Most Beneficent, ar Rahman, ar Raheem, al Kareem the Most Generous, then whenever they sin, whenever they fall short, then they know they can always return back to Allaah عزّ وجل and repent. Again, not like the creation, because the creation we love to be pardoned but we do not pardon, how many times do you find in life we may make a mistake and a person will never let you forget that mistake. Twenty years will pass and they will remind you of it. Thirty years will pass and they will remind you of it, even if you changed your life, Alhamdulillah Allaah is ar Raheem, al Ghafoor the All-Forgiving, not like the creation because the creation they are weak, and they are oppressive. We love to be pardoned but we don’t pardon, we love for our faults to be hidden, we but we don’t hide peoples faults. We love to be shown mercy but we don’t show mercy. Alhamdulillah if we know Allaah عزّ وجل we won’t pay any attention to the creation. We won’t turn and try and please the creation, because we will turn to Allaah because Allaah is al Ghafoor, He is the All-Forgiving.
Allaah سبحان وتعلى is the one who accepts repentance that is why, the one who repents from a sin is like the one who has no sin. Your slate is washed clean. Not like that person behind you who tries to constantly put you down, and remind you of that time when you slipped. People slip in life, people err in life, people fall short in life, when a person sins and makes a mistake. There is either one of two ways you can go. For the slave that knows that Allaah عزّ وجل is the Most Merciful, the Most Beneficent. The one that knows that Allaah عزّ وجل loves the people who make taubah,
إِنَّ اللّهَ يُحِبُّ التَّوَّابِينَ وَيُحِبُّ الْمُتَطَهِّرِينَ
Allaah loves those who purify themselves. Surah al Baqarah v. 222
The one who knows this Alhamdulillah, he will take the path of Aadam عليهِ صلات وسّلام and repent to Allaah عزّ وجل taubatan nasoohah with the sincere correct repentance, and Insha Allahu ta’ala he will walk upon that same path that that was trodden by Adam عليهِ صلات وسّلام and Insha Allaah that path will lead to al Jannah.
However, another person who maybe ignorant or he maybe arrogant he may follow the path of Iblis and may Allaah سبحان وتعلى protect all of us from that path. Because Iblis he was haughty and arrogant and he didn’t want to admit his mistake and that path it leads to the Hellfire. Wal iyaadu billah
So brothers and sisters from this knowing the names and attributes of Allaah we will never despair of the mercy of Allaah عزّ وجل. Never! If we do something that we feel bad about and we regret don’t look to the creation to please them, turn to your Lord who forgives all sin. Turn to Him sincerely and beg His forgiveness and don’t worry about that person who tries to put you down and censor you and blame you even though you may have repented even though you may have changed.
Also brothers and sisters from knowing the Names and Attributes of Allaah سبحان وتعلى because in the dua that Prophet صلّى اللَّهُ عليه وسلّم he said, “I ask You by every name belonging to You, which You have named Yourself, or You have revealed in Your Book, or You taught one of Your creation, or You have preserved in knowledge of that Name with You in the Unseen another benefit of knowing the Names of Allaah and this has a benefit on you and an effect upon the servant and the servitude of a servant if the slave he knows that Allaah عزّ وجل is Just and if the slave he knows that Allaah سبحان وتعلى becomes angry at those people who are disobedient and Allaah سبحان وتعلى punishes those people who are disobedient then this should cause the slave to be fearful of Allaah سبحان وتعلى as Allaah عزّ وجل
He said in the Qur’aan,
وَاتَّقُواْ اللّهَ وَاعْلَمُواْ أَنَّ اللّهَ شَدِيدُ الْعِقَابِ
Fear Allaah and know that Allaah is severe in His punishment.” Surah al Baqarah v. 196
And Allaah سبحان وتعلى He tells in the Qur’aan
وَاتَّقُواْ اللّهَ وَاعْلَمُوا أَنَّكُمْ إِلَيْهِ تُحْشَرُونَ
Fear Allaah and know that you will be resurrected and you will be gathered before Him . Surah al Baqarah v. 203
If this servant knows Allaah and the Perfection of Allaah سبحان وتعلى and the Beauty of Allaah سبحان وتعلى then this will cause them to love Allaah عزّ وجل in a special way and this will cause them to have a great yearning to meet Allaah سبحان وتعلى and we know brothers and sisters “(Arabic) Whoever loves to meet Allaah, Allaah loves to meet him”. So these are some of the effects mentioned by some of the people of knowledge in their books that knowing the names and attributes of Allaah عزّ وجل has an effect upon the servant’s life.
And again this hadith is a proof brothers and sisters that Allaah عزّ وجل has more than 99 names as the Prophet صلّى اللَّهُ عليه وسلّم said, “I ask You by every name belonging to You, and a few lines later, those names which You have preserved in the knowledge of the unseen with You.” So Allaah عزّ وجل has more than 99 names, names that He has kept hidden with Him in the unseen.
Taken from Explanation of the Du’aa to alleviate Grief, Distress and Anxiety – By Abu Abdullah Hasan as Somaali, Transcription by: Umm Yusuf min Sri Lanka
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