Imagine a real friend. A friend who never leaves you alone, who always loves, protects and wants the best for you, who meets all your needs before you even realise them, who is trustworthy, will never leave your side for all eternity, who will always love you and who asks only love and loyalty in return. For believers, that friend is Allah. He is a person’s finest friend and best helper.
Everyone, all throughout his life, seeks a rich and capable friend and a helpmate he can trust. It is in fact Almighty Allah, He Who has the power to do all things, the Creator of man.
Allah is infinitely powerful, omniscient and the creator of infinite variety. Receiving His strength and support means enjoying the greatest strength and support in the world. Human beings are utterly weak; they can do nothing for themselves unless Allah so wishes.
All the functions in the human body take place by Allah’s will. For one single enzyme to fail to work would put an end to functions vital to human beings. That example alone shows us how we need our Almighty Lord at every breath and in all we do.
The love and friendship of Almighty Allah, the Creator of the universe, the atom and all the worlds, is more important than anyone’s interest and affection. Someone who has Allah’s support enjoys the greatest support of all. With Allah’s help and support human beings, feeble entities, can achieve a great deal; their paths are made easy by Allah’s leave.
“No, Allah is your Protector. And He is the best of helpers.” (Surah Al Imran, 150)
Allah, Who creates the world as a place of testing, has also provided many blessings for His servants. Everything one might need and all the conditions one might love were created before one ever came into being. Allah prepared the fresh air we will breathe, the beautiful birds flying in the sky, thousands of varieties of plants, lovely flowers, matchless blessings, the people we love, the cute and exquisite creatures that will stir our hearts, a flawless system of balances and many other details.
It is a requirement of faith for a Muslim, who is aware that Allah has created every moment and everything he encounters throughout his life, to place complete trust in Allah. Allah says, “And put your trust in Allah. Allah suffices as a Guardian.” (Surat al-Ahzab, 3) Allah loves those servants who put their trust in Him.
However, he must also not forget that the friendship of Allah by no means resembles that of people. Whomever He takes as His friend, He has always bestowed the most sublime blessings on that person in this world, and in the hereafter. It is a great blessing for our Lord, the Creator of all, to take His creation as His friend.
A believer also knows that Allah, our Protector, will impose no more on anyone than he can bear. This state of mind of Muslims is reported as follows in the Quran:
“Say: ‘Nothing can happen to us except what Allah has ordained for us. He is Our Master. It is in Allah that the believers should put their trust’.” (Surat at-Tawba, 51)