Al-Wahhab: The Giver of Gifts


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Sometimes things happen to us in our lives, and we do not know how to read events. We may suddenly lose all our money, and the first thing that we think of is, “What did I do to deserve this? I was a good Muslim, I tried so hard, why did Allah punish me?” Or perhaps something amazing happens to us, and our reactions range from “Alhamdulilah!” (all praise is to God) to “I just got lucky.”

Our reactions say a lot about us and about our knowledge of and relationship with Allah subhanahu wa ta`ala (exalted is He). If our best friend does something, because we know them, we know how to read their actions and their dealings with us. Unfortunately, we do not know nearly as much about Allah (swt), even though He is closer to us than our jugular vein, and even though He invites us to call Him by His Names:


“ولله الأسماء الحسنى فادعوهُ بها”

“And to Allah belong the best names, so invoke Him by them.” (Qur’an, 7:180)

How can we call Him by His Names if we do not know them and if we do not understand them? And what is the purpose of Allah (swt) revealing to us 99 of His Names and His Attributes? It is in order for us to know Him, and through knowing Him, we are able to worship Him better and understand the nature of this world. One of the scholars mentioned a saying:

“If one knows the commander, the commands are easy to follow.”

So insha’Allah (God willing) this series will focus on the Names of Allah (swt), and will draw upon research done by Sheikh Ratib an-Nabulsi, Imam al-Ghazali, and Dr. Amr Khaled.

Al-Wahhab: The Constant Bestower of Gifts

Think of the last time someone gave you a gift—how did you feel? A feeling of joy, love, of being special to the person from whom you received the gift, and sometimes a bit of shame if you feel you didn’t deserve it. Because, in essence, a gift isn’t given in return of anything.

One of Allah’s Beautiful Names is al-Wahhab. The root of this word is hiba, which means a gift. And because Allah (swt) is al-Wahhab, it means that He not only gives gifts once or twice, but He constantly does so. Allah (swt) tells us in the Qur’an:


“أَمْ عِنْدَهُمْ خَزَائِنُ رَحْمَةِ رَبِّكَ الْعَزِيزِ الْوَهَّابِ”

“Or do they have the depositories of the mercy of your Lord, the Exalted in Might, the Bestower?” (Qur’an, 38:9)

So how do we know when Allah (swt) has given us a gift? Rizq (sustenance) is written for us, but we have to work for it. So if in the course of our efforts, we earn $1 million, that is rizq that Allah (swt) had ordained for us. Hiba, on the other hand, is just that—a gift that was not conditioned upon your efforts. When you get a phone call from someone you love, that you felt you missed—that is hiba. When without planning, you are fortunate enough to be able to go on `umrah (the minor pilgrimage), that is hiba. When Allah (swt) brings an amazing person into your life and you are able to improve because of them, that is hiba.

The Connection Between Gifts and Love


“يا داود ذكر عبادي بإحساني، فإن القلوب جبلت على حبِّ من أحسن إليها وبغض من أساء إليها”
[ ورد في الأثر ]

It is stated in the traditions:

“O Dawud [David], remind people of my favors upon them, because the hearts are inclined to love those that do good to it and detest those that do bad to it.”

Who do you give gifts to? In general, you give gifts to someone you are thinking about and someone that you love. Sometimes we give gifts to endear people to us. So think about what that means when Allah (swt) gives you a gift.

Some of us may be thinking, “But I am so far from Allah. Why would He give me gifts out of love?” Subhan Allah (Glory to God)—our Lord is greater than we imagine. He gives us gifts so that we know that we have a God who does not forget about His creation—even when they fall astray. He gives us gifts as a reminder so that we can come close to Him.

Do you want to be a recipient of al-Wahhab?

We are all recipients of the many gifts of Allah (swt). Out of the 6 billion people in this world, He chose you to be of the ummah (community) of His Prophet ﷺ (peace be upon him). That in itself is a gift that we cannot thank Him enough for. If we all reflect on the many personal blessings in our lives, we cannot help but feel special to Allah (swt). Every little gift and every huge blessing was because al-Wahhab wanted to give you, and you specifically, something.

If you want to be a companion of al-Wahhab, then remember to acknowledge His gifts, even if they seem to be minute, and to thank Him. Allah (swt) says, “If you are grateful, I will surely increase you [in favor]; but if you deny, indeed, My punishment is severe,” (Qur’an, 14:7). The more we are conscious of Allah’s gifts to us, the more we are able to increase our love for Him, and recognize how blessed we are.

Moreover, we should use His gifts in His way and in His cause. No one likes for their gifts to be cheapened. If Allah (swt) has given you a gift, do not use it for what He dislikes. If we do that, the gift in question becomes a test that we will be held accountable for.

Finally, be a gift giver yourself. The Prophet ﷺ  said, “Give gifts, for this will increase your mutual love,” (Muslim).

 

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27 Comments

  1. Ahmad says:

    May Allah reward and bless you for your efforts with his mercy.Please,where can I get a comprehensive explanation of the remaining names

  2. Aaron says:

    Beautiful, beautiful article mashahallah. May Allah grant us the gift of the Hereafter, and may we all be grateful for the gifts of the Dunia.

  3. Yaqub says:

    This is beautiful, simply beautiful. If we just take a moment to reflect and marinate on this life we’ve been given (i.e. gifted)…it is deep.

    Everyone should have some ‘me’ and ‘alone’ time to disconnect from the haze of the world and the projectiles of this life that we are often subjected to…and just reflect and meditate on this life we’ve been gifted with.

    Thank you for sharing this and may we all be a better Muslims; and thus be better human beings.

  4. Salma says:

    MashaAllah beautiful article and a great reminder of Allah swt and his love for his creation.

  5. Yasmin says:

    Jazakallah khair for this beautiful and much needed reminder!

  6. muslimah says:

    assalamu alaikkum,
    wonderful article indeed.

  7. JazakAllahfor sharing the nice article.

  8. farhana says:

    JAK. May Allah reward you for your rewards.

  9. rayan says:

    Alhamdulilah I totally needed this. Right when I read about the gift of an amazing person I started breaking down. It is true for me. My friends lift me up when I’m down so its a great blessing to be with good company.

    The author has been given the gift of fluid writing amongst other things mashaAllah.

    Also, remembering your gifts is a good way to keep from envying people.

  10. Ahmad says:

    @Allen,Jazakallah kairan for the link.May Allah be with you in your moment of need

  11. Marieme says:

    Jazakallah khayr beautiful article

  12. Alia says:

    Jazak Allahu kheiran!
    Thank you for this gift, we all learned a lot from it :)
    salaam,
    Alia

  13. Nazra says:

    Subhan Allah, a beautiful reminder JZK

  14. Imran says:

    mA, great article and specifically a wonderful reminder for the many gifts Al-Wahhab continues to bestow on us!

  15. Abdhullah Baaree says:

    Jazakallah khairan

  16. Aziza says:

    I love Al-Wahab. <3

  17. Imran says:

    Jazkallah Khairun for a beautifully written description of Al-Wahab. Sometimes we just forget about the blessings and gifts that were bestowed upon us and a little reminder!

  18. Muhammad HIRSI says:

    Jazakallah

  19. Yasmeen says:

    Jazakallahu-Bikhair….. Let Allah…Al-Wahhab….Reward You For Your Action…And Kindly…Aameen… :)

  20. Dini says:

    Beautiful article. Thank you very much. May Allah SWT blesses you always. Wassalamu alaykum.

  21. nasiim says:

    Masha Allah, that article is just beautiful masha Allah

  22. AZAM says:

    Alhamdulillah, This message is also a gift to me

  23. AZAM says:

    Insha Allah may Allah give more and more gifts to us and may we use it in halal ways – Ameen

  24. shara says:

    Alhamdulilah. This is so true. Some years ago i was lost in my life. i came to a point in my life, that i felt like stucked, and felt great gloomy around me. there were no hopes or purpose in my life. Then i recognized, that my relation with ALLAH (swt) also from far away, far away from his deen. my relation with ALLAH was just restricted to 5 daily prayers only.Then I prayed to Allah whole heartedly from the bottom of my heart. the next minute , i had hope in my heart to do my degree.one of my family member called me and said he will be accepting all expenses for my studies.I was confirmed this is from ALLAH he provide for his servants where he could not even Imagine.After i put all trust in ALLAH and started to Learn the quran online to connect my Self with my Lord. I surely say no greater and famous sheikh in this world connect your self with your lord As ALLAH(swt) words help you to connect With him.(i dont say not to listening to the lectures, it also helps you a lot to improve).Then i try to acted upon quran according my strenght, beleive me I faced even the most difficuilt time in my life without any fear, a sense of inner happiness and contentment in my heart with the help of ALLAH. then i realized Him as ALWAHHAD.I was keep receiving HIS gifts in my life. Still i am receiving till now. MY life is improving day by day, i ddnt even expect this in my life. now I have a job and receiving a good salary , and i see barakah in my salary, and contentment in my heart.I really hope that my future will be better than current situation.

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