“He is Allah, besides Whom there is no god, the King” (59:23), ain’t it time we all get to know the King? The Arabic word ‘Mulk’ means the ability to dispose of things, for Allah, this includes the ability to dispose [...]
We previously mentioned that theprophet SAW started his first sermon in Medina with “Love that which Allah loves! Love Allah with all your hearts!” [Biyhaqi], so why is that? Why would the first sermon to the newly established nation be about love and not about faith for instance? Well, the answer is as simple as love and faith are no different! This might shock some of you, but the fact is that love for Allah and vice versa is another definition of faith. Please read the following verse with this idea in mind:
“O you who have faith whoever among you turns back from his religion Allah will surely bring forth a people He loves and who love Him who are humble before the faithful and exalted before the deniers. They strive in the way of Allah and fear no blame from any blamers. This is the favor of Allah, He bestows it on whomever He wills. For Allah is All-Encompassing, All-Knowing!” (5:54).
If you turn your back from Islam, i.e. reneges from religion, Allah will bring others whom He loves and who love Him. So make no mistake about it, faith starts by loving Allah more than anything in this world, and hence gaining Allah’s love. And it is this love that eventually teaches us how to deal with life’s trials, how to be generous to others in our lives and how to sacrifice for your beloved ones. Furthermore, the one and only way to this “very” special love is to walk in the footsteps of the prophet SAW.
Let us now turn to one of Allah’s beautiful names, Al-Wajid, which in Arabic means bringing into existence. So you might like to think that Al-Wajid is the One Who brings love into existence just like He brings everything else, but wait! Al-Wajid also means intense love! Can you believe this?! Now the meaning becomes Allah is the One Who brings intense love into existence, whether that is love for Allah, or love for any other human or non-human in your life! But once again, bear in mind that the love for Allah now becomes the primary reason for your existence, and that without it there is no way you could learn how to love anything else.
Now did you ever wonder why the prophet SAW used to repeat this Dua until it reached us: “O Allah, I ask for Your love, and the love of those persons who love You and love of actions that bring me closer to Your love” [Bukhari]? Well, now you know. It’s because Allah’s love is the key to every other love in this world as it ennobles us, transforms us into better persons and helps us reach our full potential as human beings. It’s as simple as loving the prophet SAW, hence gaining Allah’s love and being rewarded by learning how to love life as a whole and everything in it in a way, which pleases our Creator.
To be resumed in shaa Allah in Part 6…
Did you know that “True Love” was expressed in the Quran? Can you imagine “True Love” defined in the Almighty’s Own words?! This is when Allah SWT said “And of His Signs is that He created for you from yourselves mates that you may find tranquility in them; and He placed between you affection and mercy” (30:21).
The base upon which “True Love” grows and prospers – as expressed by Allah – is not passion, nor desire, nor physical attraction, but rather affection and mercy! It is not ardent love, extreme desire or unrealistic hopes, which pave the way for a successful relationship in Islam, but rather those quiet and mature feelings, which translate into affection and mutual mercy! How else would you imagine the prophet SAW putting his mouth on the same place his wife Aisha RA ate or drank? How else would you imagine him SAW using her ‘Siwak’ (Tooth stick) and not his while on his deathbed? That was deep love wrapped in layers of affection and mercy!
The real problem is that we cannot and we will not find “True Love” except through Quran and Sunnah. So try as much as you can, dream as much as you can, and at the end, you would still come down to the same conclusion. That is, True love is affection and mercy, which are only taught by the teacher of all humanity SAW. Therefore, in order to learn your lesson well, you first need to love your prophet SAW as commanded by Allah SWT.
If you do not already believe that Islam is the religion of “Love”, and that it came to teach us how to manifest Allah’s love in our lives, then there is no way you would find “True Love” between you and your spouse, kids, family or friends. The prophet SAW was sent to teach us all how to manifest “Love” in our interactions with the people around us, and hence bring out their own deep love for Allah, His prophet and definitely for us.
Are you aware that when the prophet SAW decided to give his first sermon after his migration to Medina he SAW decided to talk about “Love”? He SAW told the nation “Love that which Allah loves! Love Allah with all your hearts! Grow not weary of hearing the Word of Allah. Do not stop remembering Him. Do not let your hearts grow hard toward Him” [Biyhaqi]. Please go back and count how many times the words “Love” and “Hearts” were mentioned in just those two lines! Only then you’d realize the weight Islam has put on “Love”!
Now let’s get back to the Quran, and conclude with how to gain Allah‘s love:
“Say, if you love Allah, then follow me (the prophet) and Allah will love you greatly and forgive your sins for Allah is Forgiving and Merciful” (3:31).
To be resumed in shaa Allah in Part 5…
Many Muslims nowadays think of love as this one-dimensional image relentlessly portrayed in the media, movies and TV shows, where a boy and girl know each other during high school or college, live a long romantic story, and finally get married. There are two shocking facts about this type of love, which could make a major impact on your perception of love in general. This type of marriage where love is present between the couple before marriage is called “Love marriage”, as opposed to “Traditional marriage”, where the couple formally get to know each other, get engaged then decide to get married when they feel mutually compatible for each other.
The first fact is that these so-called “Love marriages” are a failure as far as numbers and statistics are concerned. A study conducted few years ago by Cairo University, the leading university in Egypt, concluded that 88% of such marriages end up in either separation or divorce. Whereas, in “Traditional marriages”, the divorce rate is no more than 30%. Consequently, why would any sane human being commit themselves to a relation they know in advance has a success rate of no more than 12%?! Furthermore, the study excluded all those cases where the “love” couple broke-up before marriage, which if included would make the numbers much worse!
You might think that the numbers would be different in the West, but again, you would be wrong. A similar study conducted by Syracuse University in the U.S. came up with similar results, confirming that love before marriage is no guarantee of a successful marriage. Professor Saul Gordon, a lecturer at the same University had this to say about the phenomenon: “When you are in love; to you the whole world revolves around this person whom you love. Marriage then comes to prove the opposite and destroy all your perceptions. This is because you discover that there are other worlds that you have to be aware of. It is not the world of humans, but the world of concepts, values and habits which you paid no attention to before”.
Furthermore, please listen carefully to how Professor Frederick Koenig from Tulane University differentiates between “romantic love” and “true love”. Professor Koenig says “Romantic love is very strong and emotional, but does not last, while real love is linked to the land and life and can withstand trials”. He goes even further to conclude that such “real love” could only be found after marriage by saying that “.. real love means sharing the concerns of daily life and cooperation for it to continue. Within the framework of this cooperation, one can achieve his human need”.
Now the second shocking fact is that almost no romantic relationship before marriage is purely chaste. The couple, as boyfriend/girlfriend, give themselves the right to be alone, touch, hug, kiss and sometimes even more. As a result, this type of relationship opens the door for lewdness, moral deviation and the violation of sanctity and honor. Now please ask yourself a simple question, do you expect Allah to bless such relationships?! Now you know why the failure numbers are so high in those “Love marriages”, so please get down to earth and love Allah’s way, love Islam’s way.
To be resumed in shaa Allah in Part 4…
Now that a Muslim understands that he/she should express their love for their fellow brothers/sisters in Islam, and that they should spread the greeting of peace among each other at all times and all occasions, it is time to move to the third level of love. This third level of love in Islam takes us to a brand new dimension, which encompasses all imaginable dimensions. It is a level, which reveals that love in Islam has no particular form or shape; that it is not restricted to humans, not even to a single human, and definitely not to particular days or celebrations.
Another Hadith by the prophet SAW explains to us that love in Islam extends to inanimate things, where he SAW says: “This is Uhud, a mountain which loves us and we love it” [Bukhari and Muslim]. Here the prophet SAW is talking about the mountain of Uhud in Medina. Now please pay attention, we all know that every piece on this earth loves the prophet SAW. We all know the story of the palm trunk against which the prophet SAW used to lean while preaching. Later on, when the prophet SAW climbed his new pulpit for the first time, that trunk started crying like a baby. It cried because it was separated from the prophet SAW.
A story like this one tells us that even objects loved the prophet SAW, which is clearly a miracle, but the new thing here is how the prophet SAW loved everyone and everything, which loved him back. The prophet SAW had to go down his pulpit, embrace the trunk just as a mother would embrace her little baby, caress it and promise it a place in Paradise. Only then the trunk stopped crying; when it was assured that it would be reunited with the prophet SAW in Paradise. That was a love story between the prophet SAW and a palm trunk!
And in the Hadith quoted earlier from Bukhari and Muslim, the prophet SAW tells us that mountain Uhud is “a mountain which loves us”, which we could definitely assume; and who truly knows the prophet SAW and does not fall in love with him?! But listen now to the rest of the Hadith “and we love it (mountain Uhud)”, so if the prophet SAW loves it, then so should you and so should every other Muslim on earth. Now if this is how you should feel about a mountain made of rocks, how should you feel about a fiancé(e) or a spouse?! This is exactly the message of love in Islam!
The message of love in Islam takes you slowly from the love for Allah SWT to the love for the prophet SAW, to the love for the companions may Allah be pleased with them, to the love for the righteous Muslims, to the love of Islam itself, until you reach the love of even inanimate objects as we have just seen. Hence, Islam asks you not to cut a tree but rather to plant one, etc. Once you have moved across those levels and grasped the wide dimensions of love in Islam, you would be ready to love the woman/man Allah has chosen for you to share your life, innermost thoughts and inner feelings.
To be resumed in shaa Allah in Part 3…
In this lesson, we will learn two new words. First, we will learn how to say “In it” in Arabic, then we will learn how to say “I love”. So let us start right away.
Suppose you want to ask “Who is in the house?”, so how would you ask so in Arabic? We already know that “Who” in Arabic is Man= مَنْ, and we also know that “the house” in Arabic is Al-Bayt=البيت, so the only remaining part of the question is “in”, which is Fi= فِي. Consequently, our question in Arabic now becomes: Man fi l-bayt?= مَنْ فِي البَيْت؟.
So this was how to ask the question, now let us try to answer it in Arabic because while doing so we will learn some variations of “In it”. Suppose your father is in the house, so how do you answer now? We already know that “My father” in Arabic is Abi= أَبِي, so the answer now becomes: My father is in it= Fihi Abi= فِيْهِ أَبَي. Notice here that Fi= في has been replaced by Fihi= فِيْهِ because the word House= بيت is masculine.
Now what if the question was “Who is in the room?”. The word room in Arabic is Ghorfah= غُرفَة, therefore, our question now becomes: Man fi l-ghorfah?= مَنْ فِي الغُرْفَة؟. It’s worth noting now that the word “Ghorfah= room” in Arabic is a feminine noun, therefore, we need to use the feminine of Fihi= فِيْهِ to answer the question, which is Fiha= فِيْهَا. In this case, our answer becomes: My father is in it= Fiha Abi= فِيْهَا أبي.
So no matter who’s inside, it all depends on whether the questioned space is masculine or feminine. So for “the house”, it will always be Fih= فيه, and for “the room”, it will always be Fiha= فيها as follows:
For the house:
My mother is in it= Fihi Ommi= فَيْهِ أمي.
My sister is in it= Fihi okhti= فِيْهِ أختي.
For the room:
My mother is in it= Fiha Ommi= فَيْهَا أمي.
My sister is in it= Fiha okhti= فِيْهَا أختي.
Finally, let us learn how to say “I love”. It’s as simple as U’hibbu= أُحبُّ and whoever/whatever you love, which comes right after it almost always takes a “Fatihah” on top of the last letter, which as you remember gives an “A” sound. Let’s look at some examples to make it easier.
I love Allah= U’hibbu llaha= أُحبُّ اللهَ (notice the Fatihah َ on the last letter of “Allah”, the ه in this case).
I love the messenger= U’hibbu l-rassula= أُحبُّ الرسولَ (notice the Fatihah َ on the last letter of “’rassul”, the ل in this case).
Do you love your country?= Atu’hibbu baladak?= أتُحِبُّ بلدَك؟ (we added a “Taa” ت after the “Alif” أ in أُحبُّ to make it a question, and the word “Balad” in Arabic بَلَدْ means country, whereas the “Kaf” ك at the end of the word simply make it “Your country” instead of just “country”).
Muslims around the world today continuously ask about the concept of love in Islam. They are mostly concerned about feelings and emotions, which could arise between a Muslim man and a Muslim woman, and how permissible they are. Many Muslim youths are confronted each day with almost the same experience, when his or her heart beats for someone at such a young age. Then they start questioning the validity and permissibility of those feelings; especially what could eventually develop – or might have already developed – out of them. Therefore, here is your answer!
Islam is a religion built on mutual love, intimacy and affection; they are your fuel in this journey to Paradise in shaa Allah. However, make no mistake about it if your idea about love is centered on that man-woman experience, then you haven’t grasped the slightest concept of love in Islam. Love in Islam is a build-up process, and you need to understand, apply and experience every level of it in order to reach that man-woman love, which confuses many Muslims today.
The first level of love in Islam starts with the Hadith “When a man loves his brother, he should tell him that he loves him“ [Abu Dawood and Al-Tirmithi]. Kindly ponder on this one phrase, one message and one instruction Hadith. The prophet SAW is training us to express love for each other, and subhan Allah many of our problems today arise because we do not express our feelings anymore, because either we don’t have the time, or we don’t think it’s all that important. Well guess what? It’s lesson number one, and it’s eventually crucial for a happy love relationship. Therefore, it is as if you are training yourself today to express your feelings with your fellow brothers (for brothers) and sisters (for sisters), so that eventually you express them naturally with your fiancé (e) or spouse.
Then we move on to the second level, where the prophet SAW says “By Him in Whose Hand my soul is, you will not enter Paradise unless you believe, and you will not believe unless you love each other. Should I direct you to something that if you constantly did, you would love each other? Spread the greetings of peace among you” [Muslim]. Here the message gets a little tougher, no Paradise without love, and no love without the greeting of peace “Assalamu Alaikum”. And you thought you could survive with “Hi”, “Hey” and “Yo”! Well, it is high time you reconsider. The prophet SAW didn’t just command us to greet each other, but rather to “constantly” do it, and this is probably the most important word in the Hadith, “constantly”, and below is why!
Most of us only greet each other when we are on good terms, and then once a conflict arises it is as if we don’t even know each other. Well, Islam doesn’t subscribe to this point of view. As a Muslim, you are commanded by your prophet SAW to spread the greeting of peace among your fellow Muslims regardless of your personal conflicts with them. Eventually, if this is how you behave with your brothers and sisters, it should be even better with the one you love, i.e. your fiancé (e) or spouse. And the reward is? “you would love each other” as per the prophet SAW words; ain’t this what you were originally looking for? Love?
To be resumed in shaa Allah in Part 2…
Allah SWT said “And indeed I am Most Oft Forgiving for him who repented and accepted faith and did good deeds and then remained upon guidance” (20:82). And He SWT said “Seek forgiveness from your Lord; He is indeed Most Forgiving” (71:10), for He SWT is Al-Ghaffar, The Forgiver!
We are humans, we’re not perfect, and hence we sin; but our flaws whatever they are, are finite, whereas Allah’s forgiveness is infinite. Al-Ghaffar is therefore the One with infinite forgiveness Who forgives your past, present and future sins, for He is the Oft-Forgiving. Al-Ghaffar is both Oft-Forgiving and All-Forgiving. He forgives our sins regardless of quality, quantity, time and place. He is Allah! Allah forgives all sins, except for one! That is associating other gods with Him in worship. Otherwise, do not despair, He is Al-Ghaffar!
“Verily, Allah forgives not that partners should be set up with Him, but He forgives anything else to whomever He pleases” (4:48).
Al-Ghaffar forgives those who turn to Him, repent and abstain from committing sins and misdeeds; not those who insist on their sins and misdeeds. He SWT said “Tell My servants that I am indeed the Oft-forgiving, Most Merciful. And that indeed the punishment of Mine is a painful punishment” (15:49). And if the sinner doesn’t flee to Allah, He SWT inflicts them with hardship so that they turn to Al-Ghaffar with sincere repentance. If you willingly turn to Allah in repentance, you’re guaranteed Allah’s Protection, Honor and Support. Otherwise, it’s hardship. Simple!
“O you who believe! Answer Allah and the Messenger when he calls you to that which gives you life” (8:24). He is Al-Ghaffar! He is Allah!
Al-Ghaffar protects you and covers your innermost feelings, intentions and thoughts, no matter how sinful they are and He doesn’t punish you for it. Al-Ghaffar forgives sins out of His Bounty, accepts repentance out of His Grace and bestows His Favors upon those He loves. He is Allah!
“The Forgiver of sin, the Accepter of repentance, the Stern in punishment, the Bountiful. There is no god but He. Unto Him is the journeying” (40:3).
“Say O My slaves who have transgressed against their souls! Despair not of the mercy of Allah, Who forgives all sins” (39:53). He is Al-Ghaffar!
If you sincerely repent to Allah from as many sins as would fill the heavens and the earth, Al-Ghaffar forgives you and He does not care. Allah is happier with your repentance than a lost one who finds his way, a barren father who has a baby, or a thirsty one who finds water.
“And those who performed misdeeds and then repented and accepted faith, verily your Lord is Forgiving, Merciful” (7-153). He is Al-Ghaffar!
Al-Ghafir obliterates your sins from Scrolls, Al-Ghafour obliterates them from Records, but Al-Ghaffar makes you forget them altogether.
We learn from Allah’s name Al-Ghaffar to cover mistakes of other humans, believers and non-believers, just as Allah covers our own mistakes.
“He is Allah, except Whom there is no God; the King, the Pure, Peace, the Bestower of Safety, the Guardian, the Majestic, the Compeller, the Proud (the Supreme); Purity is to Allah from all what they ascribe as partners to Him” (59:23). Allah is Al-Mutakabbir, i.e.the Proud, the Supreme& the Superb;a quality, which attributed to humans automatically becomes an imperfection.
Allah is Al-Mutakabbir, when He SWT desires a thing, His command is “Be!” and it is, so what are all those humans bragging about?! Al-Mutababbir is the One Whose Sovereignty never perishes and nothing happens except by His will,so could there be any Mutakabbir but Allah? Al-Mutakabbir is the One Whose Divine Sublimity is Infinite, and Divine Greatness is absolute; He is none but Allah.
Allah is Perfect in His own Divine Self, He is Perfect in His Attributes, and He is Perfect in His Acts; hence He is Al-Mutakabbir! Hence, in the Qudsi Hadith Allah says “I hate the arrogant, and My Hatred for a poor arrogant one is greater”;what are you bragging about? And this is why the prophet SAW taught us that “He who has an atom weight of arrogance shall never be admitted into Paradise” [Muslim].
If this beautiful name of Allah, Al-Mutakabbir, should remind you of one thing, it is that you are a “SLAVE” and Allah is your Lord! So make no mistake about it, if you rival with Allah concerning His Pride, He will destroy you; and it’s as simple as “Be!” and it is!
Now let us listen carefully to the teacher of mankind SAW as he teaches us about Allah, Al-Mutakabbir. He SAW said “He who humbles himself to Allah one degree, Allah raises him (in honor) one degree, until He makes him among the most honorable. And he who shows one degree of arrogance to Allah, Allah degrades him one degree,until He makes him among the lowest of the low”- [Ibn Majah].
When the prophet SAW conquered Mecca, he entered it with a bowed head out of modesty and humbleness to Allah.Because Allah is Al-Mutakabbir! The universe has more than a million-million galaxies; each having more than a million-million stars. What are you bragging about?! Al-Mutakabbir created light, which takes one second to cross from the earth to the moon & eight minutes from the earth to the sun! Allah!
“So I swear by the setting places of the stars * And that is indeed a tremendous oath, if you understand” (56:75-76). He is Al-Mutakabbir!
You cannot see Allah with your own human eyes, but this universe is a clear manifestation of Allah’s Beautiful Divine Names and Attributes. Why at extreme low temperatures of -35 degrees or lower, your eyes don’t freeze?! Al-Mutakabbir equipped them with an anti-freeze liquid! “Verily in the creation of the heavens and the earth and the alternation of night and day are signs for the intelligent” (3:190).
Are you aware that the human heart pumps eight cubic meters of blood per day?! And you don’t even control that so what are you bragging about?! Tell me poor arrogant human, what do you do when a severe earthquake hits your city? It’s nothing but a mild reminder from Al-Mutakabbir!
They built the best space shuttle in history and gave it the arrogant name of “Challenger”. Seventy seconds after its launch, it exploded and burnt!
Are you aware that if a drop of blood clots in a certain part of your brain, you would be paralyzed forever? What are you bragging about?!
If you know Al-Mutakabbir, you would be dutiful only to Him, and hence you’d become dear to Him.If you know Al-Mutakabbir, you would put all your trust in Him, and hence He SWT would make you the most powerful of all mankind. If you know Al-Mutakabbir, you would notice that while you are soundly and comfortably asleep, He SWT controls breathing for you!
Al-Mutakabbir is the Sublime, the Supreme, none but Allah; a name reflecting His Divine Perfection. So don’t you dare approach there!
“He is Allah, except Whom there is no God; the King, the Pure, Peace,the Guardian, the Protector, the Most Honorable, the Compeller” (59:23). Allah is the Compeller, Al-Jabbar, a word in Arabic which, when applied to objects, means gigantic or too high to reach. The same word “Jabbar”, when applied to humans, means tyranny, arrogance and unjust. And when applied to Allah, Al-Jabbar means the One Who cannot possibly be perceived by minds, seen by eyes nor attained by minds.
Al-Jabbar also means the One Who consoles and comfort others. Actually the verb ‘Jabara’ in Arabic means setting broken things. Al-Jabbar is therefore the One Who enriches the poor, consoles the weak, gives the needy and graces the lowly; none but Allah!
Al-Jabbar is also the One Who compels His slaves to do as He SWT pleases, i.e. you will and I will, but Allah does what He wills; Al-Jabbar. Pharoah killed every newborn boy to protect his kingdom, yet Al-Jabbar protected Musa AS (Moses) until he destroyed Pharaoh and his kingdom.
Youssef’s AS (Joseph) brothers plotted every trick to get rid of him, yet Al-Jabbar willed that he becomes Ruler of Egypt; and He did!
Ibrahim’s AS (Abraham) people made the greatest fire of all to burn him, yet Al-Jabbar willed that nature changes to protect him, and He did.
If you know Al-Jabbar, you wouldn’t fear or humiliate yourself to anyone but Allah, as none deserves to be feared or besought but Him. Consequently, a Muslim, who truly knows Al-Jabbar, is never a tyrant or an oppressor, but rather kind and generous, fearing Al-Jabbar!
“He is Allah, the Creator, the Evolver, the Bestower of Forms. To Him belong the Most Beautiful Names, whatever is in the heavens and on earth, does declare His Praises and Glory: and He is the Mighty, the Wise” (59:24). He is Allah, Al-Aziz, i.e. the All-Mighty, the Exalted in Might and the Most Honorable. “If you punish them, then indeed they are Your slaves; and if you forgive them, then indeed You only are the Mighty, the Wise” (5:118).
Unlike humans, Al-Aziz, is the One who is “never” blamed for forgiving His slaves. He the Mighty and the Wise! Read that verse again! Al-Aziz means that the like of Whom is none and equal to Whom is none. Al-Aziz is Unique and nothing is like Him. Allah is Al-Aziz, i.e. the One Who overpowers and is never overpowered. “And Allah has full power and control over His affairs; but most among mankind know it not” (12:21). He is Al-Aziz! Al-Aziz has “full” power beyond your imagination, so just surrender to Him, obey Him, rely on Him, trust in Him and LOVE Him.
Al-Aziz is derived from the Arabic word ’Ezzah’, which means reinforce and make stronger.Hence, Allah is the Mighty and Forceful. Al-Aziz is also the One Who grants power and honor to His slaves; something you will “never” get elsewhere! Please read carefully “O Allah! Lord of Power, You give power to whom You please, and You strip off power from whom You please, You give honor to whomever You will, and You humiliate whomever You will” (3:26). This is Al-Aziz; trust in Him, and you’ll never regret.
Al-Aziz is the One Who is too Rare, so badly needed, and too difficult to reach; being a Muslim, Al-Aziz is close to you! What a blessing! No one whosoever in this world is needed by all humans and all creatures except Allah; this is why He is Al-Aziz, and the Only One so! Whether they like it or not, accept it or not, believe or not, all creatures need Allah because their survival depend on Him. Al-Aziz! Read carefully “Allah, none is worthy of worship except Him, He is Alive (eternally) and the Upholder (keeps others established)” (3:2).
Al-Aziz means the Unique, the One and Only, Whom everything needs for everything, Who is impossible to be encompassed. Al-Aziz is the One Whose Graces and Blessings can not be properly enumerated or conceived. Look around you for a living proof! Al-Aziz is the One Whose Perfection and Beauty can’t be described by human tongues. Keep trying and you’d only drown in His oceans of Majesty.
If you know Al-Aziz, you’d see no might nor honor except His Honor, no power except His Power and no wisdom except His Wisdom. Listen carefully to your Lord, Al-Aziz, in this beautiful Qudsi Hadith: “O son of Adam! Seek Me, for if you find Me, you find everything, but if you miss Me, you miss everything; and I am more beloved to you than everything” [Qudsi Hadith].
Al-Aziz is the One you pray to, and He repels evil from you, casts your love in the hearts of people and softens the hearts of your enemies. Al-Aziz is the One Whose Gates of mercy and blessings are never closed and Who is angered if you don’t ask Him, while others push you away! He who truly knows Al-Aziz will belittle everything else, for he knows that Al-Aziz is the One Who grants honor and dignity to everything. He who knows Al-Aziz is aware that no matter how hard people try, no one can raise your rank but Him; and none could degrade it but Him. He who knows Al-Aziz realizes that there’s only one thing which brings him honor; that is obeying Him; disobeying Him instantly dishonors. “Whoever desires honor; therefore all honor belongs to Allah!” (35:10), so where else are you seeking honor away from Al-Aziz?!
Be careful regarding honor for AlAziz says “But honor belongs to Allah and His Messenger,and to the Believers;but the Hypocrites know not” (63:8). Think of Joseph AS if you want. They wanted him dead, a slave and a prisoner; but Allah wanted him king. So who won? Al-Aziz! The most honorable man history ever knew happens to have died 14 centuries ago! Who raised Muhammed SAW to this rank? Al-Aziz did!
Al-Aziz has made it crystal clear “and he whom Allah disgraces, there is none to give him honour; indeed Allah may do whatever He wills” (22:18).