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A Hadith Qudsi regarding Allah’s Power, Kingdom, Might and Forgiveness

Question

عن أبي ذر، قال: قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم: يقول الله تعالى: يا عبادي كلكم ضال إلا من هديت فسلوني الهدى أهدكم، وكلكم فقير إلا من أغنيت فسلوني أرزقكم، وكلكم مذنب إلا من عافيت، فمن علم منكم أني ذو قدرة على المغفرة فاستغفرني غفرت له ولا أبالي، ولو أن أولكم وآخركم وحيكم وميتكم ورطبكم ويابسكم اجتمعوا على أتقى قلب عبد من عبادي ما زاد ذلك في ملكي جناح بعوضة، ولو أن أولكم وآخركم وحيكم وميتكم ورطبكم ويابسكم اجتمعوا على أشقى قلب عبد من عبادي ما نقص ذلك من ملكي جناح بعوضة، ولو أن أولكم وآخركم وحيكم وميتكم ورطبكم ويابسكم اجتمعوا في صعيد واحد فسأل كل إنسان منكم ما بلغت أمنيته فأعطيت كل سائل منكم ما سأل ما نقص ذلك من ملكي إلا كما لو أن أحدكم مر بالبحر فغمس فيه إبرة ثم رفعها إليه، ذلك بأني جواد واجد ماجد أفعل ما أريد عطائي كلام وعذابي كلام إنما أمري لشيء إذا أردته أن أقول له: كن، فيكون

Answer

Imams Tirmidhi and Ibn Majah (rahimahumallah) have recorded this Hadith. Imam Tirmidhi (rahimahullah) has declared it sound (hasan).

(Sunan Tirmidhi, Hadith: 2495, Sunan Ibn Majah, Hadith: 4257)

Imam Muslim (rahimahullah) has also recorded the narration with slight variation in the wording.

(Sahih Muslim, Hadith: 2577)

 

Translation

Sayyiduna Abu Dharr (radiyallahu ‘anhu) reported that Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said:

“Allah Ta’ala said, ‘O my Bondsmen! All of you are astray except those whom I have guided, so ask Me for guidance, I will guide you. All of you are paupers except those whom I enrich, so ask Me, I shall grant you sustenance. All of you are sinners, except those whom I have forgiven, so whoever knows [with certainty] that I am able to forgive, and seeks My forgiveness, I shall forgive him without concern.

If the first and the last of you, the living and the dead among you, the [young/knowledgeable] and the [old/ignorant] among you were were all as pious as the most pious among My slaves, that would not increase My kingdom even to the extent of a mosquito’s wing. If the first and the last of you, the living and the dead among you, the [young/knowledgeable] and the [old/ignorant] among you were were all as wretched as the most evil among My slaves, that would not decrease My kingdom even to the extent of a mosquito’s wing. If the first and the last of you, the living and the dead among you, the [young/knowledgeable] and the [old/ignorant] among you were to gather in one place, and each one had to ask whatever he desired for, and I were to give each what he asked for, that would not diminish from My kingdom, except as much as if one of you were to pass by an ocean and dip a needle into it and then remove it.

That is because I am Generous, The Perceiver, the All Noble, I do as I wish, My giving and punishment is merely an utterance, i.e. Whenever I will something I say: ‘Be’ and it becomes.'”

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

 

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

 

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar