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The Flow of Good from Allah swt is NEVER Cut Off

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

 الحمد لله رب العالمين وصلى الله وسلم على رسول الله وعلى آله وأصحابه ومن اهتدى بهديه إلى يوم الدين

hopeO Creator of our hearts! We send our Hopes to You Alone in our Darknesses. We expect Your Response of Ultimate Mercy and Love.

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The Messenger of Allah, salalahu ‘alayhi wasalam,narrated from his Lord that He Said:

“I am as my slave expects Me to be.”

[al-Bukhari (7405) and Muslim (2675)]

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Ibn Hajar (R)  said:

“Meaning, I am able to do whatever he expects I will do.”

[Fath al-Bari’ (17/397)]

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An-Nawawi (R) said:

“The scholars say that expecting the best of Allah is to expect that He will have Mercy on him and relieve him of hardship.”

[Sharh Sahih Muslim’ (14/210)]

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An-Nawawi (R) also said:

“al-Qadi ‘Iyad said that this means He will Forgive him if he seeks  such, will accept his repentance if he repents, will answer him if he supplicates, and will suffice him if he asks for something. It is also said that it refers to having hope and longing
for relief, and this is more correct.”

[Sharh Sahih Muslim’ (14/2)]

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Ahmad bin ‘Umar al-Qurtubi (R) said:

“It is said that His Saying “I am as my slave expects Me to be” means if one expects an answer when he supplicates, his repentance to be accepted, something repugnant to be repelled from him, his deeds to be accepted that are performed with their proper conditions…And this is supported by his saying: “Call upon Allah while you are certain that you will be answered.” Likewise, it is incumbent upon the one who repents, seeks Forgiveness, and does good deeds to exert himself in fulfilling his obligations while he is certain that Allah will accept his actions and Forgive his sins, as Allah has promised that He will accept any truthful repentance and righteous deeds. So, whoever performs such a deed and believes and expects that Allah will not accept it and that it will not benefit him, this is despair from the Mercy of Allah, and is from greatest of the major sins. Whoever dies upon this will be delivered to that which he expected

[al-Mufhim li ma Ushkil min Talkhis Kitab Muslim’ (5/267)]

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Sayyid Qutb (R) said:
“As for the believers whose hearts are connected to Allah, whose souls are close to Him, who experience His constant bounty – they do not despair of the Mercy of Allah even if they are surrounded on all sides by disaster and severe hardship. The believer is in the mercy of the shade of his faith, the pleasure of his connection to his Lord, and the tranquility of his confidence in his Guardian even when he is in the throes of hardship and disaster.”

He also said:
“The believing heart assumes the best of its Lord, and always expects the best from Him. It expects good from Him in times of ease and times of hardship, and it believes that Allah wants good for him in either situation. The secret of this is that his heart is connected to Allah, and the flow of good from Allah is never cut off. So, whenever the heart is connected to Him, it touches upon this fundamental reality and experiences it in a direct and sweet way.”

[Fi Dhilal al-Qur’an’ (6/3219)]

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  • Some of the Salaf have said:“Whenever a crisis comes your way, utilize your good expectations of Allah in order to repel it. This will bring you closer to relief.”[al-Faraj Ba’d ash-Shiddah’ (1/154)]
  • Sa’id bin Jubayr (RA) would supplicate: “O Allah, I ask you to grant me true reliance on You and good expectations of You.” [Siyar A’lam an-Nubala’’ (4/325)]
  • ‘Abdullah bin Mas’ud (RA) said:“By the One besides Who none is worthy of worship, the believer is not given anythinggood 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’ (p. 96)]
  • Sufyan ath-Thawri (R) would say: “I do not want to be judged by my father, as my Lord is better to me than my father.” [Husn adh-Dhann bi Allah’ (p. 45)]

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So, whoever expects something bad from his Guardian or that he will abandon him, he will
be stricken with anxiety and abandonment as a punishment from Allah by His Justice. And
whoever expects the best from his Guardian and knows that He is the best guardian and
helper, and glorifies Him above being like any of the other various guardians who abandon
their followers and ignore or misguide them – each of them is a terrible guardian and helper –
whoever places his Guardian above these deficiencies and venerates Him and expects the
best from Him and relies on Him as He should be relied on, He will in such a case be
sufficient for that person:

وَمَن يَتَوَكَّلْ عَلَى اللَّهِ فَهُوَ حَسْبُهُ

{“And whosoever puts his trust in Allah, He will suffice him.”}

[Surat’l Talaaq, 65:part of ayah 3]

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Source:Expecting the Best from Allah’ by Abu Muhammad al Maqdisi (download here)

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