So I had my first ever surgery this past Monday (not fun, trust me), and one reflection I had in my post-surgery down time was how weak we are as human beings. SubhanAllah, sometimes in the process of working, going to school, or simply busying ourselves with the day-to-day grind, we forget how large of a blessing it is to be able to do that which we need to do.
Usually, when we dont finish our responsibilities it is because we lack the motivation to do so, not the physical or mental capacity to complete those tasks. But at the end of the day, we are all human beings, and by default we are weak and the only strength we possess is that which Allah bestows upon us.
I was reading up on the attribute of Allah as Al-Qawiyy (the Strong) on Abdurrahman.org and came across the following, insha’Allah it serves as some benefit. Enjoy.
The word might has three meanings which are perfect with regards to Allah, the Most Great:
Might of Strength and Power. This is proved by His names, Al-Qawee (the Most Strong) and Al-Mateen (The Extremely Strong). This (Might of Strength) is His great description and He is the One whom the strength of created beings cannot be compared to Him, no matter how great it may be. Allah, the Exalted says,
Surely Allah is the Bestower of sustenance, the Lord of Power, the Strong” [Adh Dhariyyat (51):58]
And Allah is Powerful, and Allah is Most Forgiving, Most Merciful.” [Al-Mumtahinah 960):7]
Say (O Muhammad), He is the Most Able to send a torment upon you from above you, or from beneath your feet, or to make you all into confused sects, and make some of you taste the harms (violence) of others.” [Al-An’am (6):65]
And Allah is able to do everything.” [Al-Kahf (18):45]
Verily, the pious will be in the midst of gardens and rivers (of Paradise) . In a seat of truth (i.e. paradise), near the Omnipotent King.” [Al-Qamar (54):55]
Might of Impossibility (to be affected). For verily, He is the Most wealthy and Self Sufficient in His Self. He does not need anyone nor do the creatures (His Slaves) have any ability to harm Him or benefit Him. Rather, He is the One who cause harm, gives benefit, gives and withholds.
Might of Compelling Force. This is His ability over all of existence. All of existence is compelled by Allah, submissive to His greatness and complaint to His desire. All of the forelocks of creation are in His hand; none of them can move or change position except by His power strength and permission. Thus, whatever He willed will be and whatever He does not will, will not be. There is no power and no strength except by Him (Allah). From His strength and His power is that He created the heavens and the earth and all that is between them in six days. He also originated the creation, then He will cause them to die, then He will bring them to life (again) and to Him they will be returned.
The creation of you all and the resurrection of you all are only as (the creation and resurrection of) a single person.” (Luqman (31):28]
And He it is who originates the creation, then He will repeat it (after it has been perished); and this is easier for Him.” [Ar-Rum (30):27]
From the results of His Power is that you see the earth still (and lifeless), then when water (rain) descends upon it, it moves, grows and brings forth every kind of lovely growth (plants). Also, from the results of His power is what He made happen to the rejecting nations and the wrong doing disbelievers from the various types of punishment and lasting lessons. Also, their plans, their plotting, their wealth, their armies and their fortresses cannot benefit them anything against the torment of Allah when the command of your Lord comes (to them). All of these things only increase them in utter destruction. This is especially important to note in these times (today). For verily, this dreadful power and these dazzling inventions that the nations (of today) have achieved is only from the power that Allah has allowed them to have and His teaching them what they did not know. Therefore, from the signs of Allah is that their strength, powers and inventions cannot benefit them anything in preventing what will befall them of adversities and destructive punishments. No matter how much they exert their efforts and exhaust their energies to protect themselves from Allah’s punishment, they cannot do so. The command of Allah is always dominant and all the elements of the upper (highest) world and the lower are dependent upon His power.
From the perfection of His Might and Power, and their completeness, is that just as He is the Creator of the slaves (creatures), He is also the Creator of their deeds, their obedience and their disobedience. These are all of their actions. These actions are attributed to Allah in their being created and predetermined, and their actual performance is attributed to them (the creatures) and particularly at the time of their occurrence. There is no contradiction between the two matters. For verily, Allah created their power (ability) and their will. The Creator of the cause is also the Creator of the effect (i.e. what results).
“Allah, the Exalted, says, “And Allah created you all and whatever you do.” [As-Saffat 37:96]
From the results of His power is what He mentioned in His Book of His helping His (i.e. pious believers) even though they were small in number and lacked preparation against their enemies who excelled them in great numbers and preparation. Allah says:
“How many times has a small group overcome a large group by Allah’s leave?” [Al-Baqarah (2):249]
From the results of His Power and His Mercy is what He will make happen to the people of the Hellfire and the people of Paradise from the various punishments and pleasures that are numerous, continuous, eternal and forever. * [Al-Haqq Ul-Waadhih ul-Mubeen, pg. 45-46, and Sharh ul-Qaseedah In Nooniyyah by Al-Harraas (2/78) and Tafseer As-Sa’dee, 5/624]
Therefore, by His Power He brought everything into existence. By His Power, He controls the affairs of everything. By His Power, He rectifies and perfects everything. By His power He gives life and death and He will resurrect the slaves (creatures) for the final recompense. Thus, The good-doer will be rewarded for his good and the wrong doer will be punished for His Evil. By His power, He turns the hearts and directs them to whatever He wishes. He is the One who, whenever He wants something, He says “BE” and it is (i.e. it comes into existence). * [Tafseer Al-‘Allaamah As-Sa’dee, 5/624, and this is taken from Surah Ya-Seen (36): Verse 82]
“Allah says also, “Whosoever you may be, Allah will bring you together (on the Day of Resurrection). Truly, Allah is able to do all things.” [Al-Baqarah (2):148]