As-Samī‘ (The All-Hearing)

Abdullah ibn Mushabbib al-Qahtāni

As Allah Almighty wants you to know that He rose over the Throne, He also wants you to know that He always hears and sees you. He hears your words and sees your actions. Nothing is hidden from Him. Indeed, He hears your private talk to Him. Even your innermost thoughts and feelings are known to  Him. He hears your supplication, grants your request, and accepts your repentance.

Are you squeezed by pains? Does your suffering soul yearn for its Creator?Allah Almighty hears your groaning and He is closer to you than your jugular vein. He responds to you and removes your grief and distress, for He is the All-Hearing, the All-Knowing.Praising Himself, Allah Almighty says:

{...And He is the All-Hearing, the All-Knowing.}

[Surat al-Baqarah: 137]

Allah’s name “As-Samī‘” occurs 45 times in the noble Qur’an.Allah Almighty encompasses in His hearing all things that are to be heard. All voices and sounds, open and secret, in the entire universe are heard by Him, as if they were just one voice to Him. To Him, voices and sounds are not mixed and all languages are known. All voices and sounds, distant and near, open and concealed, are the same to Him. In the Qur’an, He says:

{It is the same [to Him] whether any of you conceals his speech or declares it openly, whether one is hidden by night or goes forth freely by day.}

[Surat ar-Ra‘d: 10]

The fact that created beings also have a sense of hearing does not mean that their hearing is similar to His-far Exalted be He above that! Indeed, the attributes of created beings befit their weakness, inability, and nature; whereas the attributes of the Creator befit His perfection and majesty, Exalted be He.

{...There is nothing like unto Him: He is the All-Hearing, the All-Seeing.}

[Surat ash-Shūra: 11]

Hearing here means hearing and encompassing.

{Certainly has Allah heard the speech of the one who argues with you concerning her husband and complains to Allah. And Allah hears your dialog; indeed, Allah is All-Hearing, All-Seeing.}

[Surat al-Mujādilah: 1]

Hearing also hast he meaning of response and acceptance:

{...Indeed, my Lord is the Hearer of supplication.}

[Surat Ibrāhim: 39]

He is the All-Hearing; He sees and hears all that is in the universe, open and secret.

All voices and sounds are heard by Him,

and the open and the concealed being the same to Him.

His hearing encompasses all sounds,

distant and near, and nothing is hidden from Him.

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