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A Beautiful Name of Allâh, ‘Ash-Shâker’ (The All_Appreciative):


By Dr. Muhammad Ratib An-Nabulsi

1-The occurance of the name Ash_Shaker in the noble Qur’an:
Honorable brothers, the name Ash_Shaker was mentioned twice in the noble Qur’an, the first one, Allâh the Almighty’s saying:

“Verily! As_Safâ and Al_Marwah (two mountains in Makkah) are of the Symbols of Allâh. So, it is not a sin on him who performs Hajj or ‘Umrah (pilgrimage) of the House (the Ka’bah at Makkah) to perform the going(Tawaf) between them (As_Safâ and Al_Marwa). And whoever does good voluntarily, then verily, Allâh is All_ Recognizer, All_ Knower.”
[Sûrat Al-Baqarah (The cow), aya 158]

And the second position:

“ Why should Allâh punish you if you have thanked (Him) and have believed in Him. And Allâh is Ever All_Appreciative (of good), All_Knowing.” [Sûrat An_Nisâ’, aya 147]

And that name was never mentioned in the purified sunnah.

2- The name ( Ash_Shâker ) is a proper name that contains the qualities of perfection:
And that name implies compliment and praise, intended for proper naming, implying the perfection of description.

Facts before the name ( Ash_Shaker):

The first fact: being patient to creatures is rewarded in the worldly life and in the afterlife:
Honorable brothers, the first fact in this topic:

Any good deed presented to any creature no matter what; whether animate or inanimate, Allâh the Almighty will reward whoever makes it in this life and in the afterlife. And any slave, whether a Muslim or a polytheist, makes good deed Allâh will grant him/her in this life and in the afterlife. It is a thousand times impossible to do good deed to any party on earth, to whoever creature on earth and not get rewarded by Allâh; either in this life or in the afterlife.

Honorable brothers, that is the first fact, because if you receive a favor from a human being, and because you are a believer, and because you have got some of perfection, you have nothing but to thank him/her, smile to him/her, be grateful to him/her, praise him/her. Then how is it with the owner of the absolute perfection? The creator of the heavens and the earth? The owner of the beautiful names and the best attributes? Honorable brothers, that is the first fact; if you do good deed to a creature; human or animal or plant, this good deed is stored with Allâh, and you are rewarded for it in this life or in the afterlife, or in both, and nothing is lost with Allâh the Almighty. That was the first fact for this great name.

The Second Fact: How does Allâh the Almighty appreciate you?

The second fact, when you are granted a favor, you appreciate the person with your tongue, you say: “thank you”, “may Allâh grant you goodness”. And the great God thanks you if you do a favor to any of His slaves, whether you know or not, whether he/she knows or not.

Once our master Omar had a visitor from the battle of ‘Nahawand’ who told him about the battle, then he said: “Commander of the Faithful, a lot of people died”, he said: “who are they?” he said: “ you don’t know them”, so Omar cried, and said: “what harm would it do to them that I don’t know them when Allâh knows them?”

Nothing can be lost with Allâh, no matter how little or small you picture the deed, no matter how trivial it is, with Allâh it is preserved, and if you are granted a favor, you thank with your tongue, or be grateful and appreciative in your heart, or you may present them a reward, a present, a deed, or a favor. That Great God, the owner of the beautiful names and the best qualities, how does He thank you? This verse clarifies the mechanism of appreciation in the contemporary expression, Allâh the Almighty said:

“If you give thanks (by accepting Faith and worshipping none but Allâh), I will give you more (of My Blessings)” [Sûrat Ibrâhîm (Abraham), aya 7]

The meaning of giving more in Allâh the Almighty’s saying: “If you give thanks (by accepting Faith and worshipping none but Allâh), I will give you more (of My Blessings)”:

The first meaning:

The increase is either from the same type that you offered; you offered money, Allâh the Almighty’s appreciation to you is in increasing your money, you offered time, Allâh the Almighty’s appreciation to you is by blessing your time, if you offer your effort, His appreciation to you is by providing you with someone who offers his/her effort. It is impossible to do a favor and not be rewarded.

Honorable brothers, if we take the money example, if you offer money, Allâh the Almighty thanks you by increasing your money, the verse that matches all the cases of appreciation:

“If you give thanks (by accepting Faith and worshipping none but Allâh), I will give you more (of My Blessings)” [Sûrat Ibrâhîm (Abraham), aya 7]

Therefore, Allâh the Almighty said:

“The likeness of those who spend their wealth in the way of Allâh, is as the likeness of a grain (of corn); it grows seven ears, and each ear has a hundred grains. Allâh gives manifold increase to whom He wills. And Allâh is All_Sufficient for His creatures’ needs, All_Knower.”
[Sûrat Al_Baqarah (The Cow) aya 261]

“My slave: “spend and I will spend on you” [Ibn Majah from Abu Hurairah]

“Spend Bilal and never fear decrease from the owner of the throne”
[The Tabarani in the Big Dictionary and the Medium one with reference of Hasan from Abu Hurairah]

Allâh knows the beneficent and replaces his money:

But notice that when someone visits a patient, unconsciously he places a card inside the present to make sure that when the patient opens it, he/she knows who had sent it. You are not satisfied with giving it to his son, nor with putting the card on it in case it may fall, you put it inside to ascertain that he knows where it comes from. Allâh the Almighty says:

“And whatever you spend for spending (e.g., in Sadaqah_ charity for Allâh’s Cause) or whatever vow you make, be sure Allâh knows it all.” [Sûrat Al-Baqarah (The Cow) aya 270]

Allâh the Almighty assured you that any good deed you do to any creature no matter what, is in Allâh’s knowledge, and with Allâh you don’t need a card that shows who did the favor.

“And whatever you spend for spending (e.g., in Sadaqah_ charity for Allâh’s Cause) or whatever vow you make, be sure Allâh knows it all.” [Sûrat Al-Baqarah (The Cow) aya 270]

That was the first case, now you need to make sure that the deed you made is in Allâh’s knowledge, man as Allâh the Almighty said loves money:

“Beautified for men is the love of things they covet; women, children, much of gold and silver (wealth), branded beautiful horses, cattle and well-tilted land.”
[Sûrat Al_Imrân (Imrân Family), aya 14]

By nature, you were born to love money. All mankind with no exception love money, but some of them admit with that fact and some don’t. But the one who doesn’t admit it loves money the same way as the one who admits it, that is our nature, and because we love money, spending money is a precious deed because you spend something you love.

As you know man was created on a nature and he has orders, his nature is to take the money, the order is to spend it, his nature is to sleep, the order is to wake up, his nature is to look thoroughly to women’s beauty the order is to look away, his nature is to talk about people’s scandals, the order is to keep silent. For that reason Allâh the Almighty says to you:

“..and whatsoever you spend of anything (in Allâh’s Cause), He will replace it..”
[Sûrat Saba’ (Sheba), aya 39]

Aren’t those who spend their money for the sake of Allâh satisfied with those two verses, Allâh knows and He replaces, and no money is decreased with good spending/ charity (sadaqah):
“My slave: “spend and I will spend on you””
[At_Targhîb and At_Tarhîb with Sahîh source]

“Spend Bilal and never fear decrease from the owner of the throne”
[The Tabarani in the Big Dictionary and the Medium one with reference of Hasan from Abu Hurairah]

“The secretive charity ( sadaqah) extinguishes the anger of the Lord”
[produced by Ibn ‘Asâker from Ibn ‘Abbas]

“The charity (sadaqah) falls in Allâh’s hand before the poor’s one”
[At_Tabarâni from Abu Umâmah with weak reference]

“Be initiative with charity (sadaqah), for infliction does not go past it”
[Al_Jami’ As_Saghîr from Ali with weak reference]

The stories that are told about this topic cannot be counted, even the believer is ashamed from Allâh.

Our master Abdullah Bin ‘Auf, one of the great companions, had a lot of money. Once he was told that he was going to paradise crawling, he said: “By Allâh, I am entering it jogging, what can I do if I spend a hundred in the morning so Allâh rewards me with a thousand in the evening?

“spend Bilal and never fear decrease from the owner of the throne”

I hope that you would ask a beneficent about what happened to him after spending money. Knowledge is better than money, because knowledge protects you, and you protect money. Allâh protects man with knowledge, but if you spend the money on the calculators, it will decrease, but with Allâh’s mercy it increases. Therefore, we might neglect the calculations of blessings. If man spends his money, Allâh will bless him in his money, and the reasonable limit is that He will reward him the negative livelihood/sustenance, what is the negative livelihood/sustenance?

The least limit is that Allâh protects him against fatal diseases, from the tyranny of a tyrant, from requisition, misdemeanors, from the tyranny of the powerful, from destruction, from fire, devastation, these are the negative livelihood. Sometimes, Allâh the Almighty blesses him in his money, with a reasonable amount of money, he can achieve big goals. That is a reward from Allâh the Almighty to the beneficent, He keeps him, protects him and blesses him in his money.
Honorable brothers, those are two motivators for spending money, Allâh knows, Allâh replaces the beneficent the money he spent, that means, Allâh doubles him his money many folds, you can deal with Allâh in qu’anic verses, and you can deal with Him in a scientific way, if you get closer to Him with spending, He will reward you with a big reward.

Once a brother told me that a relative of his died, so he visited his children and said to them: “your father’s debt is on me”, but he didn’t know how much it was, and that was a mistake, he expected it to be tens of thousands, but in fact it was hundreds of thousands, he swore to me that he paid about four hundred thousand liras (about $4300), he told me his story in the masjid’s hall and he cried, he said: I swear to Allâh a few days later I received a sum of money as my share from a deal of depressed goods, the same amount I paid. Sometimes you deal with Allâh in the daily sense:

“And whatever you spend for spending (e.g., in Sadaqah_ charity for Allâh’s Cause) or whatever vow you make, be sure Allâh knows it all.” [Sûrat Al-Baqarah (The Cow) aya 270]

“..and whatsoever you spend of anything (in Allâh’s Cause), He will replace it..”
[Sûrat Saba’ (Sheba), aya 39]

That is the first fact, Allâh’s appreciation to you, Allâh is All_ Appreciative, if you spend from your money, Allâh will increase your money, and no money is decreased by (charity) sadaqah.
“Spend Bilal and never fear decrease from the owner of the throne”
“My slave: “spend and I will spend on you”

The Second Meaning:

The second meaning: any good deed towards any creature, no matter what it is or who he is, is a good loan to Allâh, and there is a qur’anic verse that makes the believer shiver when he reads:
“Who is he that will lend to Allâh a goodly loan so that He may multiply it to him many times?”
[Sûrat Al_Baqarah (The Cow), aya 245]

Allâh the Almighty considered any good deed, even if it was towards an animal, a plant, if you water plants, that deed is multiplied in reward. Every day you are encountered with lending Allâh a good loan, that is a very accurate meaning, the Great God says to you: My slave, lend me, take care of that creature, feed that hungry, dress that naked, treat that patient, there are believers with crafts who serve part of their experiences for the sake of Allâh.

The Doors of Good Deeds are uncountable:

A dentist told me that a patient visited him, she needed braces for her teeth, and she was a teacher with very limited income, and the cost was unaffordable to her and above her limit. After she had apologized for not continuing the treatment, he called her saying: “would you accept that as a present from me?” he swears to Allâh that he spent six months as if he was in paradise. Sometimes the reward is from another type, Allâh rewards you with happiness, security other than the financial reward, you are born to love your existence, the perfection of your existence, and to love the continuity of your existence.

Pay attention here, the safety of your existence comes with Allâh’s obedience, and obedience is integrity, integrity is passive, integrity is preceded by “Didn’t” (Negatives), “I didn’t eat haram money, I didn’t lie, I didn’t cheat, I didn’t.. . integrity achieves safety but the perfection of existence needs not only integrity, but spending, spending your time and money, your experience, the perfection of existence needs spending, giving of your time, your money, and your experience, therefore:

“So whoever hopes for the Meeting with his Lord, let him work righteousness and associate none as a partner in the worship of his Lord” [Sûrat Al_Kahf (The Cave), aya 110]

An example that I may mention a lot: a naïve soldier joined a military part, which was part of a large brigade, or from a large troupe headed by a Major General. That naïve soldier was not able to be with the major general because of the military hierarchy, there were seven people before him; there was a seven, two sevens, first corporal, eight, two eights, a star and two, but that naïve soldier who joined the army when he volunteered can go directly to the major general without permission if he found his son getting drowned while he was swimming, so he threw himself in the water and saved him, your understanding is enough.

If you serve someone, feed a hungry person, dress a naked one, fulfilled someone’s need. If you are an employee, and a customer came from a distance, accommodation is very expensive, you freeze all your work and serve him. It is impossible that this will be lost with Allâh, therefore good deeds protects against ill doings.

Any favor you do to any creature is considered as a good loan to Allâh the Almighty:
“Who is he that will lend to Allâh a goodly loan so that He may multiply it to him many times?”
[Sûrat Al_Baqarah (The Cow), aya 245]
You are exposed to answering people’s needs every day, someone asks you, a patient asks your help, a lost person in the street asks you about someone’s house, and he is a stranger, and you help him get to the house, and many uncountable stories.

Those who dealt with Allâh tasted the reward from Him, the spiritual reward and the material one by giving, so when a person is beneficent, and he receives welfare from everywhere, that is because of his good deeds, and your mission in life is to worship Allâh, then thank Him, because if you worship Him, rewards will come from everywhere.

“Nay! But worship Allâh (Alone and none else), and be among the grateful”
[Sûrat Az_Zumar (The Groups), aya 66]

Your mission is to worship Him the right and truthful way. The good deed and the accurate talk are parts of the right worship: your size to Allâh is the size of your good deed. Ask yourself: “what have I offered to my country?” If you offer it the good manufacture, your work will become worship, therefore they said: the work that you live by, if it is originally legal, and you take the legal ways, and seek your own sufficiency and your family’s, serve the people in general, and the Muslims in particular, and if that craft does not keep you form Allâh’s obedience, nor prayer, nor seeking knowledge, it will turn into worship. Therefore, Muslims habits are worships, his habits and welfare beings, he brings food to his family, he takes his family for a picnic_ all these are considered worship to Allâh because his goal is to please Allâh the Almighty through serving His slaves. Whereas, the hypocrite’s habits are bad deeds.

Epilogue:

Therefore honorable brothers, any good deed that you provide to any creature no matter what, is considered a good loan to Allâh. If the richest king of the world said to a poor citizen: “lend me a hundred liras (about two dollars), what would you understand from it? He wanted to give him a perfect house, he wanted that favor to be for a reason, is a hundred liras a real loan? Or did he want to test his love from that loan and reward him with a beautiful house as a gift?

“Who is he that will lend to Allâh a goodly loan so that He may multiply it to him many times?”
[Sûrat Al_Baqarah (The Cow), aya 245]

Sometimes the deed in front of you is trivial, you smile in your employee’s face, just a smile, you ask him about his well being: How are you, son?

There is a frowning employee who goes into his office with pride and arrogance, and there is a general manager who is modest, if you smile in the face of people who work with you, if you smile in the face of a servant who works for you, if you ask him how he/she is, your smile in your brother’s face is a charity (sadaqah) no matter how small you suspect the deed is, it is big to Allâh the Almighty.

An Arabian came to the prophet PBUH and said: Messenger of Allâh, preach me and be brief, the prophet PBUH read a paragraph from sûrat:

“So whosoever does good equal to the weight of an atom (or a small ant) shall see it (7) And whosoever does evil equal to the weight of an atom (or a small ant)shall see it(8)”
[Sûrat Al-Adiyât (Those that run), aya 7,8]

The Arabian said: “That is enough”, then the prophet PBUH said: the man has comprehended.

A Beautiful Name of Allâh: Ash_Shâker (The All Appreciative):

Accurate Meanings concluded from Ayât (verses) and Hadîths (Prophetic Traditions) related to the name Ash_Shâker:

Honorable brothers, we are still discussing the name (Ash_Shâker), and there are accurate meanings connected to that name which are concluded from some noble verses and Sahîh (right) Hadiths.

1- The Remembering of Allâh of His slaves if they remember Him:
In Allâh the Almighty’s saying:

“Therefore remember Me (by praying, glorifying), I will remember you,..”
[Sûrat Al_Baqarah (The Cow), aya 152]

Because Allâh the Almighty is the All-Appreciative, if you remember Him, He will remember you, but Allâh’s remembering of you is different from your remembering of Him. His remembering of you is much greater than your remembering of Him, having remembered Him, you will have performed the duty of worship.

2- Man’s Remembering of Allâh is a Reason for Security and Tranquility:
But if He remembers you, He will reward you with the bliss of security, Allâh the Almighty said:
“..So which of the two parties has more right to be in security? If you but know (81)It is those who believe (in the Oneness of Allâh and worship none but Him Alone) and confuse not their belief with Zulm (wrong i.e. by worshipping others besides Allâh), for them (only) there is security and they are the guided” [Sûrat Al¬_An'âm (The Cattle), aya 81, 82]

Only believers enjoy the bliss of true security, but nonbelievers, …

“We shall cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve, because they joined others in worship with Allâh” [Sûrat Al_Imran (Imran Family), aya, 151]

The disbelievrs’ hearts are filled with fear and discomfort, whereas the believers’ ones are filled with security and tranquility. The security in the believer’s heart is enough to satisfy a whole country if it was spread upon them, it is a bliss exclusive to believers; if you remember Him, He will remember you, but your remembering of Him is performing the duty of worship, whereas His remembering of you is much greater than your remembering of Him.

3- Man’s Remembering of his Lord is a Reason for Satisfaction:
If He remembers you, He will reward you with the bliss of satisfaction and content.
Man may own billions, nevertheless he is indignant. Whereas the believer is content with Allâh the Almighty.

“ Allâh is pleased with them, and they with Him.”
[Sûrat Al_Mujâdalah (The Woman Who Disputes), aya 22]

He granted you the bliss of wisdom (Hikmah):
“and he, to whom Hikmah is granted, is indeed granted abundant good.”
[Sûrat Al_Baqarah (The Cow) aya 269]

He granted you the bliss of tranquility. Those favors are the result of Allâh’s remembering of you.
4- Allâh’s Remembering is Greater Than Everything:

Therefore, Allâh the Almighty said:

“..and perform As-Salât (Iqâmat-as-Salât). Verily, As_Salât (the prayer) prevents from Al_Fahsha’ (i.e. great sins of every kind, unlawful sexual intercourse) and Al_Munkar (i.e. disbelief, polytheism, and every kind of evil wicked deed) and the remembering (praising) of (you by) Allâh (in front of the angels) is greater indeed [than your remembering (praising) of Allâh in prayers.”
[Sûrat Al_ ‘Ankabût (The Spider) aya 45]

Allâh’s remembering of you in prayer is greater than your remembering of Him, because one of Allâh the Almighty’s beautiful names is Ash_Shâker, if you remember Him, He will remember you.
5- Allâh the Almighty Raised the Prophet’s Fame, which every Believer has a Share of:
Even though, Allâh the Almighty said:

“And have We not raised high your fame?”
[Surat Ash_Sharh (The Opening Forth), aya 4]

There is no single man on earth whose fame was raised as high as Allâh the Almighty raised the fame of His messenger. Each believer has a share from that verse. As much as his integrity, honesty and faithfulness, Allâh the Almighty raises his fame, degree and cast his love in the hearts of creatures.

“And have We not raised high your fame?”
[Surat Ash_Sharh (The Opening Forth), aya 4]

6- The believers’ approach by remembering His Lord is a reason for Allâh’s approach of him:
As soon as you approach Allâh the Almighty with one step, you will find that He approaches you, because He is the All_Appreciative, He gets closer to you, with some more details in the Sahîh Hadîths.

“..If he remembers me in his self, I will remember him in My Self, and if he remembers Me in a crowd, I will remember him in a better crowd”
[agreed on]

You might give a speech in a certain community, in a group of honorable brothers, during contracting a marriage, at an evening, at a meeting, you talk about Allâh the Almighty and forget yourself, your heroism and accomplishments, you just talk about your Lord.

“.. if he remembers Me in a crowd, I will remember him in a better crowd”
[agreed on]

There is a higher level; you are remembered with goodness, you have good reputation, that is from Allâh the Almighty’s favors to you, and from accomplishing the name Ash_Shâker.

“..and if he gets nearer with a p of the hand, I will get closer with a cubit.”
[agreed on]

As soon as you move towards Allâh with reconciliation, with repentance, representation, with charity, with reciting the noble Qur’an, with a good deed to a creature, just getting closer to Allâh the Almighty with a p of the hand, He will get closer with an ell. He waits for an initiation from you, a move, approach, and that is very clear. Just getting closer to ‘Allâh with a good deed, with voluntary fasting, voluntary prayer, preventing your eyes from looking at haram, keeping your tongue, serving someone, feeding a hungry, or with guiding an astray one, with all those, Allâh will get closer to you.

“..and if he gets nearer with a p of the hand, I will get closer with a cubit, and if he gets closer with a cubit, I will get closer with an ell, and if he walks to me, I will come to him jogging” [agreed on]

“Therefore remember Me (by praying, glorifying), I will remember you,..”
[Sûrat Al_Baqarah (The Cow), aya 152]

“..If he remembers me in his self, I remember him in My Self, and if he remembers Me in a crowd, I will remember him in a better crowd, “..and if he gets nearer with a p of the hand, I will get closer with a cubit, and if he gets closer with a cubit, I will get closer with an ell, and if he walks to me, I will jog towards him.” [agreed on]

That was included in the name Ash_Shâker

7. A way Allâh the Almighty appreciates man is by inspiring his children to be pious to him:
One of the meanings of this name is that the prophet PBUH says: Have piety towards your parents, your children will do the same to you. Allâh the Almighty appreciates your piety to your father by inspiring your children in the future to be the same with you, and that is a reward in this life before the afterlife.

“But for him who fears the standing before his Lord, there will be two Gardens (i.e. in Paradise).”
[Sûrat Ar_Rahmân (The Most Gracious), aya 46]

The one who is pious to his father, Allâh rewards him with pious children who obey him, honor him, respect him and be at his service as his shadow.

8. Chastity of the husband is a reason for the wife’s chastity:
Chastise and your wives will be the same, the one who chastise against haram, will be rewarded with a virtuous wife, who chastise against haram the way you do, because Allâh the Almighty is Ash_Shâker. He appreciates your piety to your father by increasing his favors to you; with kind children who serve you and tend to you. He appreciates your chastity by making your wife chastise and virtuous just like you are.

9. Allâh appreciates Maintaining ties with the Kin by increasing the lifep and expanding sustenance:

And from the name Ash_Shâker, if you connect with your kin, Allâh the Almighty will increase your life p and protect you against poverty, because the social security in Islam is based on kin and neighborhood. Many Hadiths recommend taking care of the neighbors and relatives and being kind to them.

The Meaning of connecting with the kin:

What is the meaning of connecting with the kin? Who do your relatives have except you? The others have you and have others to tend to, but your relatives, who else do they have? Connecting with the kin does not mean calling on them for a few minutes in feasts with a card wishing that you would not find them at home in order to save time- that is not connecting with the kin.
The meaning of connecting with the kin is to contact them, visit them, sit with them, check upon them and help them, help them approach the way of Allâh the Almighty. That is the kind of connecting the kin Allâh the Almighty wants, it starts with getting in touch; may be through a telephone call, then a visit, then checking their well being, then financial or spiritual help, then by guiding them follow the way of Allâh the Almighty, that is the kind of connection that increases the life p and expands the sustenance.

The meaning of increasing life p by connecting with the kin:

Scholars have something to say about this meaning of increasing the life p.
In fact the life p does not get more or less, but the value of life in its content gets better. As a man who opens a shop from nine in the morning until nine in the evening_ limited time, the difference between two shops; one shop sells for a thousand and another for a million, so the increase in the life p means the content of life, it may mean that the content is enormous.

Imam Shâfi’i lived less than fifty years, but only Allâh knows the good deeds he left. Imam Noori lived less than fifty years, and there are people who lived ninety years and did nothing. Therefore, the long life p in some scholars opinion is that the value of life is with the good deed, the real age is the age of the good deed. The silliest of man’s lives is the timely age, but the most valuable of man’s lives is in the good deed, for that the prophet PBUH said:

From Anas Bin Malik May Allâh be pleased with him, he said “ I heard the messenger of Allâh PBUH saying:

“ whoever is pleased by Allâh’s expanding his sustenance or postponing his moment of death, let him connect with his kin” [agreed on]

If you want Allâh to increase your life p and expand your sustenance, maintain your bonds with your kin. Those are the demands that the prophet PBUH urges us to apply, because Allâh the Almighty is Shâker (Appreciative/Thankful)

If we track the people’s well being, we find that the one who checks on his kin, help them, and spend on them with the widest sense, his paternal relatives and his maternal relatives. The meaning of kin is very wide, all your relatives without details; from your father’s and mother’s sides, because Allâh the Almighty made maintaining the bonds with the relatives as one of the social security benefits, therefore, scholars said: “ no man’s elm is accepted when there are needy people among his relatives,” and the word I always say: those are your relatives, who do they have other than you? The others have you and others, but your relatives, who do they have but you?
Sometimes, you may find someone who has a married sister who lives at the end of the city, he has no time to visit her, but what will happen if he visits her? She will be thrilled in front of her husband and her children, she will not sleep the night from her joy. Some people visit their strong, rich or well-known relatives, but as for their poor relatives, they neglect them and only visit them once a year.

Honorable brothers, if we maintain the bonds with the kin, we will be in a whole different situation. That is why the prophet PBUH pointed out that if you give your relatives from your money, from your elm, this elm has double rewards; the first one for the charity and the second one the ties with the relatives. Don’t you like to have double rewards? With your elms, check on your relatives first, even though some scholars confirm that Allâh the Almighty does not accept a Muslim’s elm when there are needy people among his relatives. The fact is that your good deed to your relatives make them closer to you.

A brother told me that a relative of his, who was well off, visited him in his house which was under the ground, a humid house with little sun. The visitor said: “ this house is not suitable for your children’s health”. In one visit, he moved them to a third floor apartment facing the qiblah (Makkah), he said “I swear to Allâh I was refreshed.” The aim of the visit is to help, the help of the rich to the poor, from the knowledgeable to the ignorant. The one who is more powerful than you does not need you, of course you have to visit him, and he doesn’t need you, who needs you? The one who is weaker than you, if people are merciful to each other, Allâh will be merciful to them, but if they turn their backs to each other and neglect each other and never care about each other, Allâh will be indignant to us all.

10. Allâh appreciates us when we honor the elderly:
Some prophetic hadîths, from Anas Bin Mâlik he said: “ the messenger of Allâh PBUH said:
“ Any young man who honors an old man for his age, Allâh will honor him at his old age”
[At_Timithi]

And that is from the name Ash_Shâker

11. Allâh appreciates us when we are good to cewatures:
Any good deed presented to any creature no matter what or who it or he is; no matter who for the animates, and no matter what for the in- animates. To a creature; a cat or a puppy. Any good deed to those will be rewarded by Allâh the Almighty in this life and in the afterlife, whether that person is a Muslim or a non Muslim, in this life or in the afterlife. It is impossible to present something good without being rewarded. If you are a believer in Allâh and the afterlife, the reward will be in this life and the afterlife, and if that person is not a believer, who believes in this life only, his reward will be in this life only. Anyone offers good deed, whether he is Muslim or a non Muslim will be rewarded in this life and in the afterlife, the good deed must be rewarded.

12. Allâh appreciates man when he spends some of his time in Allâh’s obedience:
Whoever spends, Allâh the Almighty will increase his money, whoever supports the weak and poor, Allâh will raise his status in the society. Whoever spends some of his time in serving others, Allâh will bless his time. Therefore, Allâh the Almighty ordered us to pay the elms. Whoever pays attention that time has elm, by performing the prayer at its time, you are using part of your precious time in obeying Allâh. The reward for this is that Allâh blesses your time, so you do a lot in the little time.

Sometimes, if man gets too mean with his precious time to worship Allâh during it, or attend a scientific seminar, Allâh the Almighty will disrupt his time, and man may feel that he is not blessed. He has a list of chores, he moves from one place to another, he closes down the shop, travels from one place to another, and accomplishes nothing. Allâh the Almighty wanted to waste that man’s time with a feeling of pain. And He is capable of blessing your time. Therefore time has elm. If you spend some of it in performing worships, seeking knowledge and science, and obeying Allâh, Allâh the Almighty will bless your time and if you spend some of your time in serving others, Allâh the Almighty will bless you with your effort.

A brother told me that once he went to a shop in one of the Northern Governorates, he said to the owner: “ I want you to teach me how to make these sweets,” the man said: “ with pleasure”. He made some in front of him and said to him: write down the details, and he asked him to prepare some in front of him, and that man was from a very distant area in the country, he swore to me that he brings him valuable presents every year, for thirty years now, he says to him: “you did me a great favor.” That man is a believer, and when you do a favor, Allâh the Almighty honors you, therefore:

“ Any young man who honors an old man for his age, Allâh will honor him at his old age”
[At_Timithi]

Because Allâh the Almighty is As-Shâker, and if you do a favor to an ordinary person, he will seek all possible ways to thank you and bless that deed, he would say: “ we are ashamed of you, that’s very generous of you, that’s really very nice of you, and the creator of the universes, how is the case with the owner of the beautiful names and the best attributes? Is it possible that you grant a good deed in this life and He does not reward you in this life or in the afterlife?

Honorable brothers, if you do a favor to a dog, pay attention to this hadîth, from Abu Hurairah May Allâh be pleased with him, the messenger of Allâh PBUH said:

“As a man was walking by, he got very thirsty, he went down a well, drank from it and then got out, then he saw a dog out of breath, eating dirt from thirst, he said he was so touched by it, so he filled his slipper, then caught it with his mouth and climbed, he gave the water to the dog and thanked Allâh, so He forgave him. They said: “ Messenger of Allâh, Are we rewarded for doing favors to animals? He said: there is a reward in each wet liver” [agreed on]

Allâh may have mercy on us with a favor to a weak creature, with a sick cat. Some people take those sick animals to veterinary hospitals to treat them, some people are fond of feeding the animals.

Therefore, when you know Allâh, you will do your best in serving His creatures. The believer is a great man, a man who made peace with Allâh the Almighty and all His creation. A believer builds his life on giving, he lives in order to give.
They said:

“ Messenger of Allâh, Are we rewarded for doing favors to animals? He said: there is a reward in each wet liver”

Any good deed to any creature, some people are fond of feeding birds, they buy cereals and put it on the roof for the birds to eat.

13. Allâh appreciates His creatures when they remove dirt from the way of others.
From Abu Hurairah (May Allâh be pleased with him), the prophet (PBUH) said:
“ while a man was walking along a road, he found a thorny branch, he took it and thanked Allâh, so Allâh forgave him” [agreed on]

Sometimes, a driver of a large truck stops to fix some tyres and puts a large stone behind the tyre, then drives away leaving the stone in the middle of the road, which may cause the destruction of a whole family, and on the other hand, there is a man who stops to remove the stone and thanks Allâh for you.

So Ash-Shâker is a beautiful name of Allâh, and so is Ash-Shakûr

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