Al-Hafīzh (The All-Preserver)

Abdullah ibn Mushabbib al-Qahtāni

It was mentioned in the two Sahīh Collections that ‘Āmir ibn al - Tufayl and Arbad ibn Qays plotted against  the Prophet (may Allah ’s  peace and blessin gs be upon him) and sought to kill him. So, he supplicated  against them.

Consequently, ‘Āmir got a gland in his neck while he was in the house of a woman from Banu Salūl. Thereupon, he jumped towards his horse, took his spear, and kept saying: “A gland like the gland of camels and a death in the house of a woman from Banu Salūl!” He was still in this condition until he fell off his horse, dead.

As for Arbad ibn Qays, he went out with a camel that he intended to sell. Thereupon, Allah sent a thun derbolt upon him and his camel, burning both. Who preserved the Messenger of Allah (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him)? He is Allah, the Preserver.

He Almighty says in His Book:

{...But Allah is the best Preserver, and He is the Most Merciful of those who show mercy.}

[Surat Yūsuf: 64]

Our Lord, Exalted be He, preserves the heaven and the earth and what is between them. He sustains their existence by His power, hence, they neither perish nor swerve.

Carrying them does not tire Him, Exalted be He, given His complete power and perfect ability. Listen to the verse that says:

{Allah keeps the heavens and earth from vanishing. If they were to vanish, there is none to sustain them other than Him...}

[Surat Fātir: 41]

Also, our Lord preserves all deeds of His servants, good and bad, open and secret, small and great. He records all their words and knows their intentions. Nothing escapes His knowledge.

{...And with Us is a preserving record.}

[Surat Qāf: 4]

And our Almighty Lord preserves His servants from destruction and violent deaths. He has, thus, appointed angels to preserve them as He says:

{For each person there are successive angels in front of him and behind him, guarding him by the command of Allah...}

[Surat ar-Ra‘d: 11]

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