Do not wonder!

Abdullah ibn Mushabbib al-Qahtāni

Our Lord points out His ability in the Noble Qur’an, as He says:

{...Allah is not such that something can escape Him in the heavens or on earth. He is indeed All-Knowing, Most Capable.}

[Surat Fātir: 44]

If Allah wants to support you, He can command something, which is normally not a means of support, and make it one of the best means of support for you.

And if the Omnipotent wants to honor you, He can make those from whom you expect no good the very cause of blessings and abundance for you.

And if the Able Lord wants to remove harm from you, He can make you see no harm or cause it to fail to reach you.

Also, if the Almighty Lord wants to protect you from sin, He can make you hate it, make it hard for you to commit, or let you proceed towards it and then something occurs that prevents you from it.

So, it behooves us to knock on the door of Allah, the Omnipotent.

Prophet Abraham (peace be upon him) left his family alone, entrusting them to Allah, and said:

{...So make hearts of the people incline toward them...}

[Surat Ibrāhim: 37]

As a result, Makkah has become a place for which the hearts yearn over the ages.Prophet Sulaymān (Solomon) (peace be upon him) supplicated:

{My Lord, grant me authority and join me with the righteous.}

[Surat ash-Shu‘arā’: 83]

In response, Allah Almighty subjected the jinn to his authority.While Yūnus (Jonah) (peace be upon him) was in the darkness of the night, the sea, and the belly of the whale, he supplicated:

{...There is no god except You; Glorified are You. Indeed, I have been of the wrongdoers.}

[Surat al-Anbiyā’: 87]

Consequently, the belly of the whale became like a container for him.And Prophet Muhammad (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him) used to supplicate Allah saying:

“Allāhumma inni astakhīruka bi‘ilmika wa astaqdiruka biqudratika wa as’aluka min fadlika fa’innaka taqdiru wa la aqdir (O Allah, I consult You through Your knowledge, and I seek strength through Your power, and ask of Your great bounty; for You are Able, whereas I am not).”

[Narrated by Al-Bukhāri]

We should seek refuge in the ability of Allah Almighty from all evils and harms, like in the supplication which the Prophet (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him) taught us to make during illness:

“A‘ūdhu bi‘izzatillāhi wa qudratihi min sharri ma ajidu wa uhādhir (I seek refuge in the might and ability of Allah from the evil of what I experience) seven times.”

[Narrated by Muslim]

And Allah Almighty says:

{...And Allah is Omnipotent, and Allah is All-Forgiving, Most Merciful.}

[Surat al-Mumtahanah: 7]

This clearly indicates that Allah’s forgiveness and mercy towards His servants stem from perfect power and ability. No sin is too great for Him to forgive or conceal, and no mercy is too much for Him to bestow upon His servants.

Not all those who possess power and ability do forgive and show mercy.

And not all those who forgive and show mercy possess power and ability. Indeed, it is Allah Almighty Who has complete ability, yet He is All-Forgiving, Most-Merciful.

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