All perfect praise belongs to Allaah, the Lord of the worlds, and may the peace and blessings of Allaah be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his Household, his Companions and his Followers until the Last Day.
Allaah (may He be exalted) has firmly established undeniable authority in His Names, as Allaah says in surah al-‘Araf, verse 180,
“And (all) the Most Beautiful Names belong to Allaah”
He then followed this uncompetitive declaration with a command for its applicability,
“so call on Him by them”.
It has then become obligatory upon man to understand their affirmations and negations by staying within the limits mentioned in the texts of the Qur’aan and Sunnah; neither adding to them nor subtracting there from.
The focus of this article however, is on one of these beautiful Names, which has personally been Nick-named “The Golden Name“.
There is no doubt that all the Names stand independently in supreme Greatness, as they are what The Creator, The Uncreated, has either called Himself or described Himself by. The aim therefore isn’t to relegate any but to create a situation of reflection that perhaps we may ponder and become grateful.
FACTS ABOUT THE GOLDEN NAME
- It is a manifestation of the truthfulness of the Promise of Allaah to His servants as it immediately reminds the one facing trials that Allaah is aware and will grant him ease, since He is The One Who never turns back on His Words.
- It is a Mercy from Allaah to create certainty and tranquility in the hearts of His servants. The believers are in daily battle, struggling with Eemaan that keeps fluctuating, so Allaah compensated this strive with a golden Mercy – “you don’t need to worry, just call on me and I will respond.” So every time you get a response to your Du’aa, it increases your Eemaan and Dependency on
- It is the communication pathway: Call – Therefore, the believers understand that there can be no response except there is a call. This then means that it is the outcome of all our communications with Allaah. Hence, no matter how much we are in need, if we don’t call to Him, there will be no response, even though none knows our needs better than Him.
AL-MUJEEB -THE RESPONDER, THE ANSWERER
He is Allaah, The One Who Responds to the calls of the caller when he calls. He is Allaah, The Answerer of du’aa (Glorified and Exalted is He).
Allaah says in suurah al-Baqara, Verse 186;
” I respond to the invocations of the supplicant when he calls on Me.”
And in suurah al-Ghafir verse 60, He said;
“And your Lord said: “Invoke Me, I will respond to your (invocation).”
And in suurah Hud, verse 61;
“Certainly, my Lord is Near, Responsive.”
The Name of Allaah, Al-Mujeeb, has in one way or the other been constantly manifested in our daily lives but most of us have never really noticed, let alone be grateful for the form and speed in which our du’aa have been answered. And this is because man is ever heedless to the signs of His Lord and indeed ungrateful.
Hopefully, the perusal of the following beautiful examples from history will sensitize and trigger the acknowledgement of this aspect of our daily existence, if Allaah Wills.
- Prophet Zakariyya عليه السلام had no child at old age, his wife was barren. He saw the mercy of Allaah upon Mariam عليه السلام who was supplied with off season fruits from JANNAH. This made him hopeful that the One who gave off season fruits to a human on earth was (and is still) able to give them child at their ages so he didn’t hold back while asking. And you know what? He didn’t only ask for a son at their old ages, but he went further to ask for a blessed child that would inherit his Prophet hood. Why? This is because he knew that Allaah is Able to do that and more, yet it will neither reduce nor add anything to His Magnificent Bounties. Allaah accepted his Du’aa and granted him Prophet Yahya. (Suurah al-Imran, Verse 37-41).
- Prophet Sulaiman السلام عليه asked Allaah for a Kingdom that no one will have after him. He had no reservations in asking for something so great because he understood that The One he asked from was, and is still, the Owner of a Vast Kingdom that never ends. His prayer was answered and his request granted. (Suurah Sad, Verse 35-40)
- Prophet Yunus عليه السلام cried through the depth of darkness in the belly of the fish to be saved. He recognized his mistakes in leaving the land and forsaking his people so he supplicated for help. Allaah rescued him and even mede his Du’aa a standard for supplication; (Tafsir Ibn Kathir: page 481-486)
- Sarah, the wife of prophet Ibrahim السلام عليهم invoked Allaah against the evil king that wanted to use her to satisfy his evil pleasure, as was the norm. However, when she invoked Allaah and he witnessed something he could not explain logically, he called her a devil and released her. He even gave her a gift; (Sahih Al-Bukhari 4/3358). This, most times, is the reaction of man when he is confronted with the signs of Allaah and this in itself is a sign for those who call to Allaah with sincerity.
- From amongst the stories of those before us was a boy who a king wanted to kill because of his faith in Allaah. The king’s several attempts at killing him were thwarted because he said:” O Allaah! Save me from them by any means that You wish.” The boy was only killed when the king, who was an unbeliever, invoked the Name of Allaah, The Exalted; (Tafsir Ibn Kathir, page 427-432). Indeed, nothing gets achieved without calling Allaah.
- Prophet Ibrahim عليه السلام made a lot of supplications which were all amazing, unfortunately this text will only discuss the supplication he made after he left his wife Hajar and son Isma’eel in a desert alone without any form of inhabitants but with little date and water; (Sahih Al BuKhari, 4/3364). The supplication was answered across generations after them, today there is no Muslim who doesn’t want to travel to Makkah for Hajj or Umrah. It is amazing, isn’t it? How easy is it for one to leave his loved ones alone in the middle of no where? It is not easy except for those who submit and trust in the qualities of Allaah and know with certainty that Al-Mujeeb will answer the call.
- When the Prophet Musa السلام عليه was about to be caught while running with the Bani Israel, his companions became despaired when they saw how close the army of Fir’aun was, yet there seemed to be no way out. He said: “Never! My Lord is with me, He will guide me.” (Suurah ash-Shu’araa, verses 61-66). The response came in the form of inspiration and behold, the path opened for them through a sea to escape while the enemies were destroyed.
- On the Day of battle of Badr, Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسل , after seeing how the population of the disbelievers overshadowed that of the believers, raised his hands and supplicated to Allaah. “O Allaah, accomplish for me what Thou hast promised to me. O Allaah, bring about what Thou hast promised to me. O Allaah, if this small band of Muslims is destroyed. Thou will not be worshipped on this earth.” Allaah responded by sending down angels in succession to fight with the believers, and they were granted victory. (Sahih Muslim 1763) Indeed Allaah is able to do all things.
The examples are inexhaustible. Even if more pages are filled, justice would never be served in portraying the virtue of this great Name; Al-Mujeeb.
Al-Mujeeb of then is still The One of now. He has never changed and will never change. Why then are there so many draw backs as to the effect of invoking The One Who Answers?
The answer lies with the supplicant. The afore-mentioned were righteous servants of Allaah, who struggled to live within the limits of The Most High. Unlike our generation who invoke while immersed in blatant disobedience of Allaah, and while we invoke in distraction with little faith, the past believing generations were ever constant in personal jihaad.
Hence, emulating their qualities with the below listed conditions is the best step to attaining success, by the Will of Allaah:
- Tawheed; absolute believe in the Oneness of Allaah.
- Eemaan; true belief of the heart, speech of the tongue and action of the limbs. Entertaining no doubt that the answer is coming. We need to think good of our Lord.
- Ihsaan; perfection of worship and invocation/supplication.
- Tawakkul; total trust and dependency in Allaah.
- Obedience and submission to the commandments of Allaah.
- Khushoo; Humility and reverence to Allaah.
- Inaabah; Turning repentantly to Allaah.
- Raghbah; Fervent desire to please Allaah, hastening to do good deeds.
- Khashyah; Dread to commit sin and are in awe of the magnificence of Allaah.
- Sabr; Patience upon Allaah‘s tests and decrees.
- Khawf Wa Rajaa; reverential fear, hope and longing for mercy……
It might be argued that all the above conditions have been established yet the Du’aa wasn’t answered.
To that, we will say, referring him to suurah al-Imran, Verse 35-36
“(Remember) when the wife of ‘Imran said: “O my Lord! I have vowed to You as to what is in my womb, to be dedicated for Your services so accept this, from me….” Then when she delivered her, she said: “O my Lord! I have delivered a female child,” – and Allah knew better what she delivered, – “And the male is not like the female,…”
This du’aa was answered but not completely in the form she had expected so she questioned. Then Allaah explained that the answer she got is even better than what she requested for.
Sometimes we ask Allaah for a thing, but because He is All-knowing, All-Wise, He grants us something else. It may be that we become despaired but if we reflect at a later date, we become even more grateful as we realize that what we had sought would have been bad for us. So the key is to be patient and hold on to the connection channel while obeying the commands and staying away from the prohibitions of Allaah.
Remember that Allaah remains the same. His promise remains intact for you and I. So when you call Him, hold not back for He is Al-Mujeeb the Responder.
May Allaah answer our supplications and make His commands beloved to us.
29th Dhul Qa’adah, 1438 AH.