“Allah (swt) says, ‘I am as My slave thinks I am, and I am with him when he mentions Me. If he makes mention of Me to himself, I make mention of him to Myself; and if he makes mention of Me in an assembly, I make mention of him in an assembly better than it. And if he draws to Me a hand-span length, I draw near to him a forearm’s length. And if he comes to Me walking, I go to him in a hurry.”
-Sunan Ibn Majah
This hadith from Sunan Ibn Majah provides a very good lesson about how we as Muslims should be optimistic in our lives. This is especially applicable when it comes to being optimistic about Allah (swt). As Muslims, we think good of Allah (swt) and we trust His plans and his judgments. In addition, since He is the Creator of everything, we must also ask his forgiveness everyday for the sins we commit in our heedless lives. The driving factor about thinking well of Allah (swt) is to always remember he is the Most Forgiving and will reward for the good we do in our lives. The hadith also emphasizes the importance and virtues of making dhikr (Remembering Allah) in as many situations of our lives. Remembrance of Allah (swt) can be done with the tongue or the heart or by BOTH! Following Allah (swt)’s orders and refraining from the things he forbids also classifies as dhikr and remembering Allah (swt). Of course, we always remember Allah (swt) rewards us immensely for our deeds.
This hadith beautifully illustrates also how we should keep struggling and making jihad in drawing closer to His Majesty. This is done through our good deeds. In addition, we may do things for Allah (swt) that maybe our families won’t approve of. But at the end of the day, we pray for everyone’s guidance and hidayah. It is a tremendous blessing if we have reached a point of realization where we are in a state of remembering Allah in our daily actions. The way we draw closer to Allah (swt) is by making our intentions for Him. We do good deeds on a daily basis, but how many times do we stop and make the intention of doing it for Allah (swt)? That is where the majority of the Ummah lacks. May Allah guide us all, Ameen.