In the name of Allah, the Giver and Owner of Mercy.
Allah ﷻ says in Surah Al-Anfal, Chapter 8 of the Quraan:
“True believers are those whose hearts tremble with awe when God is mentioned, whose faith increases when His revelations are recited to them, who put their trust in their Lord, who keep up the prayer and give to others out of what We provide for them. Those are the ones who truly believe. They have high standing with their Lord, forgiveness, and generous provision.” (Quraan 8:2-4)
Allah ﷻ, in these ayahs, summarizes for us what true believers are:
- When Allah’s name is invoked – their hearts tremble with awe. This portion of ayah two reminds me of Suratul-Hajj where Allah ﷻ says:
“… [Prophet], give good news to the humble. whose hearts fill with awe whenever God is mentioned, who endure whatever happens to them with patience, who keep up the prayer, who give to others out of Our provision to them.” (Quraan 22:34-35)
Clearly, Allah ﷻ is conveying to us a clear theme. This clear theme is firstly, glad-tidings for those who truly believe in God. Moreover, Allah ﷻ reveals to us the state of consciousness the True Believers have is one of awe whenever Allah is mentioned. So, when we hear ‘Ar-Rahman/Ar-Raheem’ or ‘Ar-Razzaq’ or ‘Al-Qaadir’ and so on – reflect on these Divine and Perfect Names and Attributes. Think about how Allah’s Mercy encompasses all of existence, contemplate on how Allah ﷻ provides for you until you find yourself sufficient. Then, recite adhkar such as ‘subhanAllah’ (Glory be to Allah), ‘alhamdulilah (Praise be to Allah)’ and ‘Allahu Akbar (Allah is Greater [than all things])’. When they reflect, when they witness the mentioning of Allah ﷻ — they only increase in faith subhanAllah. They get lost in a trance, reflecting upon how great and supreme Allah is.
2. True Believers = Keep up their Prayers. Salah is no game for the Believers. The same way we place importance in feeding our stomachs through food and drink, on a spiritual level – the five daily prayers are our soul’s mandatory meals. Without it, the soul is unhealthy, malnourished and eventually corrupted. The true believers spend their day literally longing for the Adhaan to be called so they could pray. Rasulullah ﷺ used to refer to Bilal’s adhaan as a coolness to his noble, therapeutic, and loving eyes. Alayhi Salaatu Wa Salaam.
3. True Believers = Give from what Allah ﷻ provided them with. Honestly, as we all know, one of the most prevalent spiritual illnesses in our world is miserliness/greed. I ain’t a Shaykh by any means, but I believe that if we were to genuinely recognize and acknowledge that everything we own is solely due to the fact that Allah ﷻ provided us with it, we would not be so stingy with these material things. That is because, they aren’t ours to begin with. These are all favors from Allah ﷻ, and when people are in need – Allah ﷻ wants to see if we are unattached to the gifts of Allah but instead, attached to the Giver of these bounties/blessings. And if we are attached to the Giver, we will please Him by being miniscule givers on this earth.
And to conclude this reflection, I wrap up the main passage from the Quraan. Allah ﷻ ends that passage with “Those are the ones who truly believe. They have high standing with their Lord, forgiveness, and generous provision.” Allah ﷻ will never leave exemplary human beings unrecognized and unrewarded. The one who seeks Allah ﷻ and only Allah ﷻ — Allah ﷻ will give them the love of His Creations, when they make mistakes – Allah ﷻ will guide them to repenting and being forgiven. And finally, Allah ﷻ will give them a generous provision. To provide you all with a beautiful icing on the cake – here is a hadith Qudsi where Allah ﷻ summarizes all that has been said.
The great companion, Abu Hurayrah (RA) narrated that Allah’s Messenger ﷺ said:
إِنَّ اللَّهَ قَالَ “مَنْ عَادَى لِي وَلِيًّا فَقَدْ آذَنْتُهُ بِالْحَرْبِ، وَمَا تَقَرَّبَ إِلَىَّ عَبْدِي بِشَىْءٍ أَحَبَّ إِلَىَّ مِمَّا افْتَرَضْتُ عَلَيْهِ، وَمَا يَزَالُ عَبْدِي يَتَقَرَّبُ إِلَىَّ بِالنَّوَافِلِ حَتَّى أُحِبَّهُ، فَإِذَا أَحْبَبْتُهُ كُنْتُ سَمْعَهُ الَّذِي يَسْمَعُ بِهِ، وَبَصَرَهُ الَّذِي يُبْصِرُ بِهِ، وَيَدَهُ الَّتِي يَبْطُشُ بِهَا وَرِجْلَهُ الَّتِي يَمْشِي بِهَا، وَإِنْ سَأَلَنِي لأُعْطِيَنَّهُ، وَلَئِنِ اسْتَعَاذَنِي لأُعِيذَنَّهُ، وَمَا تَرَدَّدْتُ عَنْ شَىْءٍ أَنَا فَاعِلُهُ تَرَدُّدِي عَنْ نَفْسِ الْمُؤْمِنِ، يَكْرَهُ الْمَوْتَ وَأَنَا أَكْرَهُ مَسَاءَتَهُ”.
‘I will declare war against him who shows hostility to a pious worshipper of Mine. And the most beloved things with which My slave comes nearer to Me, is what I have enjoined upon him; and My slave keeps on coming closer to Me through performing Nawafil (praying or doing extra deeds besides what is obligatory) till I love him, so I become his sense of hearing with which he hears, and his sense of sight with which he sees, and his hand with which he grips, and his leg with which he walks; and if he asks Me, I will give him, and if he asks My protection (Refuge), I will protect him; (i.e. give him My Refuge) and I do not hesitate to do anything as I hesitate to take the soul of the believer, for he hates death, and I hate to disappoint him.’”
(Sahih al-Bukhari #6502)
May Allah ﷻ guide us all to become amongst the Righteous, and True Believers. Ameen ya rabb.