Excellence of Hope

Riyad as-Salihin (The Meadows of the Righteous)

by Imam Nawawi

52. Chapter: On the Excellence of Hope

Allah Almighty says, relating about the righteous slave, "'I consign my affair completely to Allah. Truly Allah sees His slaves.' So Allah safeguarded him from the evil things they plotted." (40:44-45)

440. Abu Hurayra reported that the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, "Allah, the Mighty and Exalted, said, 'I am according to My slave's opinion of Me, and I am with him wherever He mentions Me.' Allah rejoices more in the repentance of His slave than one of you does when he finds his lost camel in the wasteland. 'Anyone who approaches Me by a hand-span, I approach him by an arm-span. Anyone who approaches Me by an arm-span, I approach him by two armspans. If he comes to me walking, I come to him running."

[Agreed upon] These are the words of one of the variants of Muslim which was explained in the previous chapter.

441. Jabir ibn 'Abdullah reported that he heard the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, say three days before his death, "None of you should die without having a good opinion of Allah, the Mighty and Exalted." [Muslim]

442. Anas said, "I heard the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, say, 'Allah Almighty says, "O son of Adam! I will forgive you as long as you call on Me and have hope in Me, no matter what you do. Son of Adam, I do not care if your wrong actions reach to the clouds of heaven and then you ask Me for forgiveness, I will forgive you. Son of Adam, if you were to come with sins equivalent in weight to the whole earth and then meet Me having not associated anything with Me, I would come to you with the same amount of forgiveness.'" [at-Tirmidhi]