Indeed, He is All-Hearing and Near:

Abdullah ibn Mushabbib al-Qahtāni

The Prophet (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him) once heard the Companions (may Allah be pleased with them) supplicate Allah with loud voices. Thereupon, he said:

“O people, do not trouble yourselves too much. He Whom you are invoking is not deaf or absent, but you are invoking an All -Hearing and All-Seeing (Lord).”

[Narrated by Al-Bukhāri and Muslim]

As soon as a person finishes his invocation and private talk with his Lord, he finds the response there, looming. This is because He is the All-Hearing, the All-Knowing.

He hears the calls of the desperate and the supplications of the needy and helps those in severe distress. He hears the praise of those who praise Him, and even the creeping of a black ant on a solid rock during a dark night is heard by Him. He hears our innermost thoughts, feelings, and obsessions.

A woman came to the Prophet (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him) arguing about her husband. This was Khawlah (may Allah be pleased with her). ‘Ā’ishah (may Allah be pleased with her), who was on the other side of the house, said she could hear some words but miss others. After this argument, Gabriel (peace be upon him) descended to Muhammad (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him) with this verse:

{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]

What an amazing nearness, great knowledge, and encompassing hearing!When Allah hears His close servants, this means He responds to them and protects and guides them. It is a hearing that calms their fearful hearts, like what happened with Moses (peace be upon him) when he said he was afraid of going to Pharaoh. Thereupon, Allah said:

{...Fear not. Indeed, I am with you both; I hear and I see.}

[Surat Taha: 46]

Allah was their Protector and He was Sufficient for them, how excellent He is as a Sufficient Protector!

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