Hadith 24: Allah is Self-Sufficient

On the authority of Abu Dharr al-Ghifaari, may Allah be pleased with him, from the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), from among the sayings he relates from His Lord (may He be glorified) that He said, “O My servants, I have forbidden wrongdoing for Myself and I have made it forbidden for you. Therefore, do not wrong one another. O My servants, all of you are lost except those whom I have guided. Therefore, seek guidance from Me and I will guide you. O My servants, all of you are hungry except those whom I have fed. Therefore, seek food from Me and I will feed you. O My servants, all of you are naked except those whom I have clothed. Therefore seek clothing from Me and I will clothe you. O My servants, you sin by day and by night, and I forgive all sins. Therefore seek forgiveness from Me and I will forgive you. O My servants, you will not be able to harm Me so as to bring any harm to Me and you will be able to benefit Me so as to bring any benefit to Me. O My servants, if the first and the last of you and the human and the jinn of you were as pious as the most pious heart of anyone among you, it would not add anything to My dominion. O My servants, if the first and the last of you and the human and the jinn of you were as wicked as the most wicked heart of anyone among you it would not decrease anything from My dominion. O My servants, if the first and the last of you and the human and the jinn of you were to gather together on [the same sector] of land and all asked Me and if I were to give everyone of them what he asked, that would not decrease what I have any more than a needle decreases what is in the ocean when it is put into it. O My servants, it is but your deeds that I reckon for you. Then I recompense you for them. The one who finds good is to give praises to Allah. The one who finds other than that should not blame anyone but himself.” (Recorded in Muslim)

“O My servants, you will not be able to harm Me so as to bring any harm to Me and you will be able to benefit Me so as to bring any benefit to Me.”

Allah (swt) is not in need of any of His creation. He is self-sufficient and perfect. He (swt) is not in need of any assistant, spouse or son to assist Him (swt) or benefit Him in any way. There is nothing in creation that can either harm or benefit Him. Allah (swt) has said:

“And I [Allah] created not the jinn and mankind except that they should worship Me [alone]. I seek not any provision from them not do I ask that they should feed Me. Verily, Allah is the All-Provider, Owner of Power, the Most Strong” (Surah al-Dhaariyaat: 56)

All of the creation belongs to Allah (swt) and yet, He is not in need of any of it. Allah (swt) says:

“And to Allah belongs all that is in the earth. And verily, We have recommended to the people of the Scripture before you to to you [Muslims] that you (all) fear Allah. But of you disbelieve, then unto Allah belongs all that is in the heavens and in the earth. And Allah is Ever Rich [Free of all wants], Worthy of praise.” (Surah al-Nisaa:131)

Allah (swt) loves for His slaves to be pious and repent, but He (swt) is not in need of their repentance in any way, it is only for their own good. Similarily He (swt) hates for his slaves to disbelieve and commit sins, but He is not harmed by their actions in any way, they harm only themselves.

It is only out of Allah’s mercy, kindness and goodness to the creation that He (swt) loves what is beneficial for them and dislikes what is harmful for them. It is by His (swt) grace and mercy that He guides people to the Straight Path, while He does not benefit at all from that. SubhaanAllah, the mercy of Allah (swt) is all-encompassing. Let’s ask Him for His Mercy and Forgiveness and to keep us on His Straight Path. Ameen.

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