What's your thought about Allaah?
In the Name of Allaah, the Entirely Merciful, the Especially Merciful.
"Then what is your thought about the Lord of the worlds?" [37:87]
Billions of minds in the world each having a distinct thought about Allaah regarding the events unfolding in their lives. These thoughts could be grouped into two; those that think good of their Lord and those that think otherwise.
Though the verse quoted above was in regards to Prophet Ibrahim (AS) and his Father and his people who worshipped others besides Allaah when he was admonishing them. Qataadah (may Allaah have mercy on him) said: 'when they meet Allaah what do they think He will do with them given that they worshipped others alongside Him.' The obvious answer is, Allaah will punish them with an eternal condemnation in Hell.
However, Abdullah ibn Mas'ud (RA) gave another dimension to the verse which has a general application when he said "I swear by Allaah, never would one think of Allaah anything except that He gave him what he thought of Him."
This brings us to the hadith qudsi narrated by Shaykhain (Al-Bukhari and Muslim) where Allaah says: "I am as My slave thinks I am...." also another narration in the Musnad of Ahmad with a saheeh isnaad (chain of narrators) Allaah says: "I am as My slave thinks I am, so let him think of Me as he wishes."
How often does man finds himself in a desperate situation that he loses all hope and thinks Allaah will not provide an exit for him and in relation to his thought he plunges further into more difficult circumstances? â€Ž
And how often does man gets trapped in a severe challenge that he remains consistently hopeful that no matter how dark the night gets Allaah has willed that it will be overtaken by the brightness of the day and true to his thought he walks out of his difficulties as though they never existed?
He who thinks that Allaah will have mercy on him will meet the mercy of Allaah. He who thinks that Allaah will honor him will be honored by Allaah (provided he honors the signs of Allaah). He who thinks Allaah will give him happiness in this world and in the Hereafter will attain what he thought of of His Lord.
Don't be like those that will shout out and sob profusely while asking a disrespectful question of "Oh Allaah, why me?" but be among those that perfect their Tauheed, work righteousness and abstain from sins so that the life of respect, contentment and lawful provision in this world and paradise in the Hereafter will be guaranteed when we think Allaah will provide such for us.
May Allaah make it easy on us to think good of Him.