Thinking Well of Allah


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Ibn al-Qayyim (may Allah have Mercy upon him) said: “Most people – in fact, all of them except those protected by Allah – assume other than the truth, and assume the worst. Most people believe that they are deprived of their rights, have bad luck, deserve more than what Allah gave them, and it is as if they are saying: ‘My Lord has wronged me and deprived me of what I deserve,’ and his soul bears witness to this while his tongue denies it and refuses to openly state this. And whoever digs into his soul and comes to know its ins and outs will see this in it [is] like fire in a triggered explosion…And if you dig into anyone’s soul, you will see that he blames fate and would rather have something else happen to him than what actually did, and that things should be this way or that…So, dig into your own self: are you protected from this? If you are safe from this, you have been protected from something great. Otherwise, I do not see that you have been saved.”

[Zaad al-Ma’aad’ (3/235)2. ‘Tahdheeb Madaarij as-Saalikeen’ (p. 240)]

Ibn al-Qayyim (may Allah have Mercy upon him) also said:

“The more you have good expectations of your Lord and hope in Him, the more you will rely on and trust in Him. This is why some explained true reliance and trust to be having good expectations of Allah. In reality, having good expectations of Him leads to relying on and trusting in Him, as it is unthinkable that one can trust in someone that he has bad expectations of or no hope in, and Allah Knows best.”

He (may Allah have Mercy upon him) also said:

“The one who hopes in Allah should always be optimistic, cautious, and hopeful in Allah’s bounty, expecting the best from Him.”

[‘Tahdheeb Madaarij as-Saalikeen’ (p. 300)]

Some of the Salaf (may Allah have mercy upon him) said:

“Whenever a crisis comes your way, utilise your good expectations of Allah in order to repel it. This will bring you closer to relief.”

[al-Faraj Ba’d ash-Shiddah]

Sa’id bin Jubayr (may Allah have Mercy upon him) would supplicate:

“O Allah, I ask you to grant me true reliance on You and good expectations of You.”

[Siyar A’lam an-Nubala]

‘Abdullah bin Mas’ud (radi Allahu anhu) said:

“By the One besides Who none is worthy of worship, the believer is not given anything [good] better than his good expectations of Allah, and by the One besides Who none is worthy of worship, no servant of Allah expects good of Him except that Allah gives him what he expected, since all good is in His Hand.”

[Husn adh-Dhann bi Allah]

‘Ammar bin Yusuf (may Allah have Mercy on him) said:

“I saw Hasan bin Saalih in a dream, and I said: “I was hoping to meet you! What can you inform us of?” He replied: “I give you the glad tidings that I see nothing better than to have good expectations of Allah.”

[Husn adh-Dhann bi Allah]

The Prophet (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam) said,

“Allah the Most High said, ‘I am as My servant thinks (expects) I am. I am with him when he mentions Me. If he mentions Me to himself, I mention him to Myself; and if he mentions Me in an assembly, I mention him in an assembly greater than it. If he draws near to Me a hand’s length, I draw near to him an arm’s length. And if he comes to Me walking, I go to him at speed.’

[Saheeh Al-Bukhari]

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