The perfection of Allah’s generosity and goodness towards His slaves: Ibn Rajab

Ibn Rajab al-Hanbali writes in his commentary on al-Arba’een al-Nawawi:

 وقال ‏{‏لَن يَنَالَ اللَّهَ لُحُومُهَا وَلا دِمَاؤُهَا وَلَكِن يَنَالُهُ التَّقْوَى مِنكُمْ‏}‏ الحج‏.‏

Allah says, “Their meat will not reach Allah , nor will their blood, but what reaches Him is taqwa from you.” [22:37]

والمعنى أنه تعالى يحب من عباده أن يتقوه ويطيعوه كما أنه يكره منهم أن يعصوه ولهذا يفرح بتوبة التائبين أشد من فرح من ضلت راحلته التي عليها طعامه وشرابه بفلاة من الأرض وطلبها حتى أعيى وأيس منها واستسلم للموت وأيس من الحياة ثم غلبته عينه فنام واستيقظ وهي قائمة عنده وهذا أعلى ما يتصوره المخلوق من الفرح هذا كله مع غناه عن طاعات عباده وتوباتهم إليه وإنه إنما يعد نفعها إليهم دونه ولكن هذا من كمال جوده وإحسانه إلى عباده ومحبته لنفعهم ودفع الضر عنهم فهو يحب من عباده أن يعرفوه ويحبوه ويخافوه ويتقوه ويطيعوه ويتقربوا إليه ويحب أن يعلموا أنه لا يغفر الذنوب غيره وأنه قادر على مغفرة ذنوب عباده كما في رواية عبدالرحمن بن غنم عن أبي ذر لهذا الحديث من علم منكم أني ذو قدرة على المغفرة ثم استغفرني غفرت له ولا أبالي‏.‏

That means that He, the Exalted, loves for His slaves to have al-taqwa of Him and obey him, just as He dislikes that they disobey Him. For this reason, He rejoices at their the tawbah of the repentant one more strongly than one who has lost his mount which was carrying his food and drink while he is in the barren desert land, and he seeks it until he gives up all hope in despair, and submits to [impending] death and he despairs of life, then his eyes are overwhelmed so he sleeps, and then when he wakes up there it is standing in beside him. This is the highest joy that a human being can imagine. All of this is despite His being rich beyond the need of His slaves’ acts of obedience and their acts of turning in tawbah to Him, and along with the fact that their benefit only returns to them and not to Him, yet this is from the perfection of His liberal generosity and goodness to His slaves, and from His love for that which will be of benefit to them and repel harm from them. He loves for His slaves to recognize Him, love Him, fear Him, have taqwa of Him, obey Him and draw near to Him, and He loves that they should know that no one forgives sins other than Him, and that He is able to forgive the sins of His slaves, as is narrated by ‘Abd al-Rahman ibn Ghanam from Abu Dharr in this hadeeth, “Whoever of you knows that I have the ability to forgive and then asks Me to forgive, I will forgive him and it does not bother me.”

‏[Jaami’a al-‘Uloom wa’l-Hikam 2/44-45]

See also: “O Mankind, you are in need of Allah”: Tafsir al-Sa’di

See also: The Names of Allah: al-Ghanī – explanation of Imam al-Sa’di

See also: The gratitude of a slave is better than the blessings of this world: Ibn Rajab al-Hanbali

See also: Generosity and Studying the Qur’an during Ramadan: Ibn Hajr

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