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the one who despairs of Allaah’s Mercy is astray

“He (Ibraaheem) said: And who despairs of the Mercy of his Lord except those who are astray?”
~Surah al-Hijr, 15:56

Shaikh al-‘Uthaymeen comments:

“Despairing of Allaah’s Mercy is not allowed because it is having ill thoughts about Allaah, and that is from two aspects:

First: it is discrediting His Ability, as whoever knows that Allaah is Able to do everything will not think anything to be unlikely for Him to be Able to do. Second: it is discrediting His Mercy, as whoever knows that Allaah is Raheem will not think it to be unlikely for Him to have mercy on him. This is why the one who despairs of Allaah’s Mercy is astray.

If a person falls into distress, he should not think that his wish coming true or his distress being removed is unlikely. And how many people were there who fell into distress and thought there was no escape from it then Allaah saved them, either due to a previous good deed – like what happened to Yunus (‘alayhissalaam), Allaah said: {Had he not been of those who glorify[1] Allaah, He would have indeed remained inside its (the fish’s) belly until the Day of Resurrection} – or due to a future deed.  And like the supplication of Allaah’s Messenger ﷺ on the day of Badr and night of the Ahzaab, and likewise the companions of the Cave.”

[1] i.e. declare Allaah free of all imperfections

[majmoo fataawaa wa al-‘uthaymeen, 682-3/10  / asaheeha translations]


English Translation with Concise Tafseer of Suratul-Faatihah
based on the explanations of al-Qurtubee, as-Sa`dee, al-`Uthaymeen, al-Albaanee, al-Fawzaan, al-`Ajlaan & Tafseer al-Muyassar

سورة الفاتحة

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

1. [I begin reciting the Qur.aan] in the name of Allaah [Alone, seeking His Help and His Blessing], the Entirely Merciful [to all creation], the Especially Merciful [to the believers] / the Extremely Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy

الحمد لله رب العالمين

2. All praise is due to Allaah [Alone] [for His Perfect Essence, Perfect Attributes and Perfect Actions], the Rabb [Creator, Owner, Disposer of affairs as He wills, Regulator, Nurturer, Bestower of Blessings, Master] of all creation

الرحمن الرحيم

3. The Entirely Merciful [to all creation], the Especially Merciful [to the believers] / the Extremely Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy

ملك يوم الدين

4. The [only] King (Malik), the [only] Owner and Disposer of affairs (Maalik) on the Day of Recompense [i.e. the Day of Resurrection]

إياك نعبد وإياك نستعين

5. It is You [alone] we worship and You [alone] we ask for help

اهدنا الصراط المستقيم

6. Guide us to the Straight Path [i.e. show us the Straight Path, inspire us and give us success in following it, and keep us firm upon it]

صراط الذين أنعمت عليهم غير المغضوب عليهم ولا الضآلين

7. The Path of those whom You have blessed [i.e. the Prophets, the Siddeeqoon (those who are exceedingly truthful and have strong faith in terms of belief, speech and actions), the Martyrs and the Righteous], not [the Path of] those who earned Your Anger [i.e. those who know the Truth but don’t act upon it, like the Jews], nor [the Path of] those who went astray [i.e. those who have no knowledge and act upon ignorance, like the Christians]

asaheeha translations

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ask Him

Source: Tafseer Surah Ghaafir, tape no. 16
Asaheeha Translations 

“And your Lord says: ‘Call upon Me, I will answer you'”
~ Surat Ghaafir, 40:60

Shaykh ‘Abd ur-Rahmaan al-‘Ajlaan (hafidhahullaah) comments:

“This noble verse from Surah Ghaafir shows Allaah’s (jalla wa ‘alaa) Bounty toward His slaves, and the extensiveness of His Giving and Generosity, as He says to His slaves: {Call upon Me, I will answer you}, (meaning) ‘Ask Me.’ He loves for His slaves to ask Him. He loves for His slaves to ask Him (jalla wa ‘alaa) so He may give them, and that is due to His Generosity, Bounty and the fact that He gives extensively.

And in His (jalla wa ‘alaa) Statement ‘your Lord says,’ He endears Himself to His slaves. He did not say ‘Allaah says,’ rather He said ‘your Rabb (Lord) says,’ meaning the One Who nurtured you (rabbaakum) with blessings and bestowed generously upon you since the time of your creation until your last form.

{Call upon Me, I will answer you}. This is a command from Allaah (jalla wa ‘alaa) to ask, supplicate to and worship Him, and a promise that He will answer; and Allaah (jalla wa ‘alaa) never breaks His promise. So He (jalla wa ‘alaa) will give and fulfill what He has promised. He commanded (His slaves) to make du’aa and promised that He will answer them. And from the means of (attaining) Allaah’s response is to humble oneself before Him and implore Him, and persist in making duaa. Allaah (jalla wa ‘alaa) loves those who persist in making du’aa. And as the poet said: ‘Allaah gets angry if you leave off asking Him whereas man gets angry if you ask him.’ A human being hates being asked persistently and gets irritated, but Allaah (jalla wa ‘alaa) loves that. A created being – no matter how much he has – is limited, and he fears the diminition of what he has with him. But Allaah (jalla wa ‘alaa) is Most Generous; what He has with Him will never diminish. And the Prophet (sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: ‘Allaahu akthar,’ meaning the more you ask Him, the more He will answer and give.”

he will be

Source: Tafseer Surah Ghaafir, tape no. 3
Asaheeha Translations 

“Allaah says: ‘I am as My slave thinks of Me'”
~ Saheeh al-Bukhaari #7405

Shaykh ‘Abd ur-Rahmaan al-‘Ajlaan (hafidhahullaah) comments:

“If he has good thoughts about Allaah, that he will be answered, then he will be answered bi’ithnillaah. But if he says ‘I don’t think I will be answered’ and the like, then he will be deprived of the answer – and refuge is sought in Allaah – because he did not have good thoughts of his Lord.”

the One who is called upon

Source: Sharh ul-‘Aqeedat it-Tahaawiyyah, p.458-459
Asaheeha Translations 

“And your Lord said: ‘Call upon Me, I will respond to you”
~ Surah Ghaafir, 40:60

Shaykh Ibn ‘Aqeel (rahimahullaah):

“This involves (a number of) meanings. First: existence, for the one who is not existent is not called upon. Second: richness, for the one who is poor is not called upon. Third: hearing, for the one who is deaf is not called upon. Fourth: generosity, for the one who is stingy is not called upon. Fifth: mercy, for the one who is merciless is not called upon. Sixth: power, for the one who is powerless is not called upon.”

even more so

Source: Sharh Riyaadh is-Saaliheen, Kitaab ud-Da’waat; Muntadayaat Noor al-Yaqeen
Asaheeha Translations 

“Is He (not best) Who responds to the distressed one when he calls upon Him and removes the evil and makes you inheritors of the earth, generations after generations? Is there any deity with Allaah?”
~ Surat un-Naml 27:62

Shaykh Muhammad bin Saalih al-‘Uthaymeen (rahimahullaah) comments:

“Meaning: no one responds to the distressed one when he calls upon him except Allaah. So Allaah, ‘azza wa jal, responds to the supplication of the distressed person, even if he is a disbeliever. Even the disbeliever, if he is distressed and calls upon his Lord, He will respond to him. Allaah, ta’aala, said: {And when a wave covers them like shades (i.e. like clouds or the mountains of sea-water), they invoke Allah, making their invocations for Him only. But when He brings them safe to land, there are among them those that stop in between (belief and disbelief). But none denies Our Signs except every treacherous ingrate}. So the distressed person whose need compels him to calling upon Allaah – even if he is a disbeliever – Allaah will respond to his supplication. So what do you think about if he is a believer? Even more so.

Hence, no one responds to the distressed one except Allaah. As for those other than Allaah, ‘azza wa jal, then they may respond or not respond. It may be that you seek help from a person during a hardship yet he does not respond to you or save you. But Allaah, ‘azza wa jal – when you need Him and call upon Him – He will answer you.”

Allaah knows better

Source: Shabakat Sahaab
Asaheeha Translations 

“And don’t despair”

Shaykh Saalih al-Fawzaan (hafidhahullaah) says:

“Du’aa is a great affair and its status in Islaam is great, so don’t take it lightly. And don’t despair if you see that the answer has been delayed, because Allaah, subhaanahu wa ta’aala, knows better about what will be good for His slaves and what they need.”

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