Allah Will be as His Slave’s Good Thoughts of Him
“Allaah says: ‘I am as My slave thinks of Me’”
~ Saheeh al-Bukhaari #7405
Shaykh ‘Abd ul-Muhsin al-’Abbaad (hafidhahullaah) comments:
“Meaning, a person should think good of his Lord, and he hopes and expects from Allaah that He will make his wish come true for him; and he should not be heedless or negligent or say ‘I called upon Him but He did not answer me,’ but rather he should have good thoughts of Allaah, ‘azza wa jal, and be persistent in supplicating to Him; he should not be lazy nor heedless. And Allaah, ta’aala, loves for His slaves to supplicate to Him, because du’aa is worship.
Thinking good of Allaah, ‘azza wa jal, is that a person asks Allaah, ‘azza wa jal, while hoping and expecting that Allaah, ‘azza wa jal, will answer him. So when he asks Allaah, ‘azza wa jal, he has good thoughts of Him, subhaanahu wa ta’aala.
It does not come to his mind that He will not answer him, that He will not fulfill his wish; but rather, he should be sincere in his request and know that Allaah will be as His slave’s good thoughts of Him. So a person should ask Allaah, ‘azza wa jal, and be sincere and firm in asking; and he does not become doubtful or say ‘I will not be forgiven,’ but rather he should hope and expect that Allaah, ‘azza wa jal, will forgive him. And he should ask with sincerity and know that Allaah, ta’aala, responds to the supplication of the supplicant when he calls upon Him, and that He forgives the one who seeks His forgiveness. So he asks Allaah, ‘azza wa jal, persistently, and he has good thoughts of Allaah, subhaanahu wa ta’aala.”
Source: Sunan at-Tirmithee, Kitaabu z-Zuhd & Kitaabu d-Da’waat; tape no. 259/19 & tape no. 393/14