Allah’s Safeguarding Against Doubts and Desires

During his lifetime, Allah preserves the servant’s religion and faith by safeguarding him against all vile doubts, misguiding innovations and unlawful desires. Allah also preserves his religion at the point of his death such that he dies on the religion of Islam.

Hakam ibn Aban narrated that Abu Makki said, ‘When death comes to a person it is said to an angel, “Smell his head!” The angel will say, “I smell the fragrance of the Qur’an.” It will be said, “Smell his heart!” The angels will say, “I smell the fragrance of fasting.” It will be said, “Smell his feet!” The angel will say, “I smell the fragrance of the night prayer.” He safeguarded his self so Allah, Mighty and Magnificent, safeguarded him.’ It was recorded by ibn Abi al-Dunya. [It is also recorded as a saying of Fadayl ibn Iyad by Abu Nu’aym]

The Two Sahihs record on the authority of al-Bara’a ibn Azib that the Prophet, may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him, taught him to say, when going to sleep,

“O Allah, if You are to take my soul, bestow mercy on it; and if you are to grant it reprieve, safeguard it with that which You safeguard Your righteous servants.” (Bukhari and Muslim)

The hadith of Umar mentions that the Prophet, may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him, taught him to say,

“O Allah, safeguard me with Islam when standing, safeguard me with Islam when sitting and safeguard me with Islam when lying down. Do not cause an enemy or envier to rejoice (at a misfortune that befalls me). O Allah, I ask You for every good, the treasure of which is in Your hand, and I take refuge with You from every evil, the treasure of which is in Your hand.” (Hakim)

When the Prophet, may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him, would bid farewell he would say,

“I consign your religion, trust and your final assertive deeds to Allah’s care,” (Tirmidhi)

another narration mentions that he used to say,

“When Allah consigns something to His care, He safeguards it.” (Nasai)

Tabarani records a hadith in which the Prophet, may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him, said,

“When a servant prays the prayer as it should be prayed it rises to Allah having rays like the rays of the sun and it says to its performer, ‘May Allah preserve you as you have preserved me.’ If he was lax and lazy in performing in it, it will be wound up like an old garment is wound up and then used to strike the face o it’s performer while saying, ‘May Allah waste you as you have wasted me!’ (Tabarani)

Umar ibn al-Khattab, may Allah be pleased with him, would say in his sermons, ‘O Allah, protect us with Your preservation and keep us firm in Your command.’

A man once said to one of the Salaf, ‘May Allah preserve you,’ to which he replied, ‘My brother, do not ask the he be preserved, ask instead that his faith be preserved!’ What he meant was to stress the importance of supplicating for the preservation of ones religion; this is because world preservation could be conferred on both the righteous and the sinner, but Allah only safeguards the religion of the believer and comes between it and anything that would pollute it via numerous means, some of which the servant is unaware of and yet others may dislike.

This is how He preserved Yusuf, may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him, as he said,

“That happened so that We might avert from him all evil and lust. He was Our chosen servant.” (Yusuf 12:24)

The Legacy of the Prophet Ibn Rajab Al-Hanbali p 41-44

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