Take a deep breath.
Clear your mind.
Empty your heart and mind of everything that is troubling you for a minute.
Now, read this hadith…
A Jewish Rabbi came to Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) and said, “O Muhammad! Allah will put the Heavens on one finger and the earth on one finger, and the trees and the rivers on one finger, and the rest of the creation on one finger, and then will say, pointing out with His Hand, ‘I am the King.’ “On that Allah’s Apostle smiled and said,” They have not appraised Allah with true appraisal, while the earth entirely will be [within] His grip.” (Qur’an 39.67) [Sahih Al Bukhari]
Let’s read this again slowly…
The entire Heavens and everything therein…on a finger of His…
The entire earth and everything therein… on a finger of His…
All the creation from the beginning of time until the end of time…on a finger of His…
This is Allah. The King!
“They have not appraised Allah with true appraisal, while the earth entirely will be [within] His grip on the Day of Resurrection, and the heavens will be folded in His right hand. Exalted is He and high above what they associate with Him.” (Qur’an 39.67)
Let this meaning sink in your heart.
Let it expand your heart and remind you of your Creator, The One who is Most Merciful to you, The One who is the closest to you…
Why are we remembering this now?
Because sometimes, we let the fear of this world absorb us.
We forget who we are dedicating our lives to; we forget who we are standing in prayer to, who we are bowing to, who we are prostrating to….
We have been honored with the opportunity of knowing, loving, worshipping and getting closer to The Ultimate King.
This is such a huge blessing. This is the blessing of all blessings.
Sometimes we take our faith for granted, or we say when we are faced with a difficulty, “well, we only have Allah now” with an attitude of despair and helplessness.
That’s not befitting.
Remember who Allah is.
“Indeed, Allah holds the heavens and the earth, lest they cease. And if they should cease, no one could hold them [in place] after Him. Indeed, He is Forbearing and Forgiving.” (Qur’an 35: 41)
When you say you have Allah, remember that you have The One who is Bigger than the entire existence and everything therein, The One who is Mightier and Stronger than the entire existence and everything therein, The One in whose Hands is the entire dominion. This is Allah, your God and my God. The One & Only!
“So do not weaken and do not grieve, and you will be superior if you are [true] believers.” (Qur’an 3: 139)
The Prophet (peace and blessings upon him) smiled when the man talked to him about Allah. He smiled because he (peace be upon him) is most knowing of His Beloved. He smiled because it is pleasing to hear people speaking about The One you love.
Yet, no matter what they say, they won’t be able to praise Him as He deserves to be praised.
“So exalted is He in whose hand is the realm of all things, and to Him you will be returned.” (Qur’an 36: 83)
Let us remember today to truly glorify Allah in our hearts. There is no one we fear but Him, there is no one like Him, there is no one before Him, there is no one beside Him and there is no one after Him. He is Allah, The One!
Let the meaning of tawheed enter your heart and mind because this brings light and this brings peace and strength and clarity.
Remember in sujood who you are prostrating to, and then ask Him of all you need. Indeed, He is The Nearest and Most Merciful King of all kings.