Like an individual walking in the scorching heat of an endless desert. Tired, thirsty, with hardly any hope left in him to find shade. That’s how a believer may feel at certain instances in his life. But what always cures him? It is the beautiful Names of Allah SWT. For every worry, concern, anxiety, apprehension, calamity, you will find extreme peace, contentment, immense joy, and solution in at least one Name of Allah SWT. If you fear for someone’s safety, you console your heart that Allah SWT is Al-Haafidh and Al-Waliy of the Believers. He SWT will never ever desert His Special Slaves and will give them Special Help even if 1000′s of people are after them, chasing them like Shayateen in the form of wild dogs and wolves. He SWT is An-Naseer, Al Qahhar and Al-Qawiyy so with your patience, you’ve got the Only One who is Competent over all and the Only One who is able to give anyone victory, on your side! If you are worried about somebody’s health, you remind yourself that Allah SWT is Ash-Shafi and all possibilities of cure lie within His Might so He may provide a cure even if there’s no medical solution. Also that if He does not Will in His Ultimate Wisdom (Al-Hakeem) for the person you love to be cured right now and immediately, then as a believer you must calm down for He SWT loves His Slaves more than we can ever love them. Why? Because He SWT is Al-Wadood, Ar-Ra’oof, Ar-Raheem. If you find that people are constantly not valuing you, are not noticing your day and night’s efforts, or are even misunderstanding your good intentions and good words, then know that Allah SWT is Ash-Shaakir. He SWT knows when nobody knows. It is with Him your reward remains, nobody can steal it unless you waste it via your misdeeds, and it is He SWT alone who will repair your heart.When you feel like losing patience and bursting after tolerating a certain person’s repeated bad behaviour then recognize Allah SWT is Al-Haleem. He SWT forbears, tolerates and withholds Himself from seizing people by their forelock as they happily give their thanks to other than Him and commit Shirk (the greatest offense), then who are we to lose our patience with people when we are not capable of doing them a favour without His Will, let alone create them! You may be stuck in a horrifyingly difficult situation with nobody to turn to or ask for help. Or it may be something trivial that you are anxious about. Know that Allah SWT is Al-Fattah, the Only One who will open up doors of solution which seem locked. Is there something that you wish for in this dunia? A good job? Some extra cash to buy a halal house or a small car? Or maybe children/good spouse? Guess what? Allah SWT is Ar-Razzaq, He SWT will give you what you deserve OR in your specific case He SWT may be Al-Wahhab and He SWT may gift you with something you did not expect at all without asking for anything in return. He SWT is Al-Lateef and He may do it in a very subtle, loving, gentle manner by putting trials as stepping stones in your way so that your footsteps reach a destination where you’re taken by surprise by His Mercy. These trials may seems as these difficult challenges in your limited vision but they may be His Form of Mercy to you to gain more knowledge and awareness about Him. Through His Name of Ar-Rahmaan, you would then realize that He SWT is Al-Mu’tee, the Superb Giver of Knowledge and understanding of the Deen!
…and there you were worrying about so many things…
So whenever you are down, do the thought experiment I just expressed through words in this post and look for the Name of Allah SWT that will help you through this situation. Please ensure the Names and Attributes from the authentic sources!
Let me end by sharing my most favourite verses of the Quraan:
هُوَ اللَّهُ الَّذِي لَا إِلَٰهَ إِلَّا هُوَ ۖ عَالِمُ الْغَيْبِ وَالشَّهَادَةِ ۖ هُوَ الرَّحْمَٰنُ الرَّحِيمُ
هُوَ اللَّهُ الَّذِي لَا إِلَٰهَ إِلَّا هُوَ الْمَلِكُ الْقُدُّوسُ السَّلَامُ الْمُؤْمِنُ الْمُهَيْمِنُ الْعَزِيزُ الْجَبَّارُ
الْمُتَكَبِّرُ ۚ سُبْحَانَ اللَّهِ عَمَّا يُشْرِكُونَ
هُوَ اللَّهُ الْخَالِقُ الْبَارِئُ الْمُصَوِّرُ ۖ لَهُ الْأَسْمَاءُ الْحُسْنَىٰ ۚ يُسَبِّحُ لَهُ مَا فِي السَّمَاوَاتِ
وَالْأَرْضِ ۖ وَهُوَ الْعَزِيزُ الْحَكِيمُ
He is Allah , other than whom there is no deity, Knower of the unseen and the witnessed. He is the Entirely Merciful, the Especially Merciful. He is Allah , other than whom there is no deity, the Sovereign, the Pure, the Perfection, the Bestower of Faith, the Overseer, the Exalted in Might, the Compeller, the Superior. Exalted is Allah above whatever they associate with Him. He is Allah , the Creator, the Inventor, the Fashioner; to Him belong the best names. Whatever is in the heavens and earth is exalting Him. And He is the Exalted in Might, the Wise.
[Surat’l Hashr, 59:22-24]
~If whatever is in the Heavens and the Earth is exalting Him and glorifying Him, then why should we, the ones whom Allah SWT honored by commanding the Most Obedient of Creations i.e. the Angels prostrate to our father Adam AS, be left behind in Glorifying Him with His Beautiful Names and Attributes?
No doubt the Promise of Allah SWT of finding peace in His Remembrance and all other Promises are Haqq.