“Therefore, He will not abandon us.”

While going through certain tests/trials where one feels like a lone person in a strange land, where even those close to you can do nothing to avail you; where our enemies seem to have the upper hand over the weak and oppressed, in the midst of all this helplesses comes conviction and firmness of a believer. His true reliance on no one but Allaah, trusting not the creation but Him alone.

These beautiful words came to mind: [May Allaah have mercy on the author and may He hasten the release of the translator]

So, I remember Ibrahim, the intimate friend of Allah, as he is surrounded by his people from all sides, accusing him of smashing their gods and using this to frighten him. So, he answers them with the firmness of one who expects the best of his Lord and Guardian, with more firmness than a mountain:

أَتُحَاجُّونِّي فِي اللَّهِ وَقَدْ هَدَانِ ۚ وَلَا أَخَافُ مَا تُشْرِكُونَ بِهِ إِلَّا أَن يَشَاءَ رَبِّي شَيْئًا ۗ وَسِعَ رَبِّي كُلَّ شَيْءٍ عِلْمًا ۗ أَفَلَا تَتَذَكَّرُونَ

وَكَيْفَ أَخَافُ مَا أَشْرَكْتُمْ وَلَا تَخَافُونَ أَنَّكُمْ أَشْرَكْتُم بِاللَّهِ مَا لَمْ يُنَزِّلْ بِهِ عَلَيْكُمْ سُلْطَانًا ۚ فَأَيُّ الْفَرِيقَيْنِ أَحَقُّ بِالْأَمْنِ ۖ إِن كُنتُمْ تَعْلَمُونَ

{“Do you dispute with me concerning Allah while He has guided me, and I fear not those whom you associate with Allah in worship? Nothing can happen to me except when my Lord Wills something. My Lord comprehends in His Knowledge all things. Will you not then remember? And how should I fear those whom you associate in worship with Allah while you fear not that you have joined in worship with Allah things for which He has not sent down to you any authority. So, which of the two groups is more deserving of security? If you only knew.”} [al-An`aam; 80-81]

Which of the two groups is more deserving of security and assuming the best of his guardian – he whose guardian is the Controller of the Heavens and Earth, having in His Hand the entire Universe? Or he whose guardians dispute and are divided partners who cannot harm or benefit themselves or others? The answer comes loud and clear:

الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا وَلَمْ يَلْبِسُوا إِيمَانَهُم بِظُلْمٍ أُولَٰئِكَ لَهُمُ الْأَمْنُ وَهُم مُّهْتَدُونَ

{“It is those who believe and do not mix their belief with wrongdoing (polytheism). For them, there is security, and they are the guided.”} [al-An`aam; 82]

So, security and tranquility, which are from the results of expecting the best of Allah, are all from the fruits of Tawhid.
And I then imagine his people while they are carrying him in their arms and throwing him into the middle of the fire, and he does nothing with his firm heart and confidence in his Guardian except to say “Allah is sufficient for me, and He is the best disposer of my affairs.”

I then think of his blessed wife, who he left with their child in a valley without vegetation without even turning to look back while she was calling him: “O Ibrahim! O Ibrahim! Who
did you leave us with in this place?”
She then realizes after her amazement at his continuing to walk away without turning back to look at her, and she says: “Did Allah command you to do this?” He replied: “Yes.” So, she replied, with the best expectation of her Guardian: “Therefore, He will not abandon us.”

So, may Allah bless such a husband and wife!

And I think of the noble group of youths who expected the best of their Guardian and opposed those they were close to and far from in order to please Him. So, they left the closest of people to them in order to flee to their Guardian and away from polytheism and sin, and in order to please Him, they exchanged their comfortable lives for a small cave. So, Allah expanded it for them out of the Mercy that he poured forth on them:

فَأْوُوا إِلَى الْكَهْفِ يَنشُرْ لَكُمْ رَبُّكُم مِّن رَّحْمَتِهِ وَيُهَيِّئْ لَكُم مِّنْ أَمْرِكُم مِّرْفَقًا

{“…Seek refuge in the cave, and your Lord will open a way for you from His Mercy and will make for your affair easy for you.”} [al-Kahf; 16]

And I reflect on His Saying: {“…will open a way for you from His Mercy…”}, and I come to know that Allah’s Mercy is so vast that just some of it – an amount known to Allah – was enough to make that cave, this prison, or this cell into a garden from the gardens of Paradise.

And I go back in my memory to the first verse, and I remember how Allah had spread His Mercy to His slaves living in vast land by sending down rain after they had lost all hope, and how He descended His Mercy upon the youths in the harsh, tiny, dark cave, turning it into a vast space. So, I glorify and venerate my Guardian.

Indeed, this is how al-Wali al-Hamid deals with His allies who have the utmost confidence and best expectations of Him, harbor no negative thoughts of Him, believe in His promises
and guarantees, and calm their hearts from panicking such that they are tranquil and trusting in Him.

Source:  Expecting the Best from Allaah.

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