Ramadan Day 16: Resetting our Soul

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Day 16: Al-Wahhaab ,The Giver of Gifts

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Ramadan Day 16: Resetting our Soul

AL-WAHHAB( The Supreme Bestower)
The One who is abundantly generous in giving without ever needing to calculate.

* Allah is Al Wahhab (in Arabic: ٱلْوَهَّابُ), which means the great giver whose blessings are freely and perpetually given.
* He gives with no purpose and expects nothing in return. Allah سُبْحَٰنَهُۥ وَتَعَٰلَىٰ is truly the most liberal giver, He gives to the deserving and undeserving, to the good and the evil.

Arabic Root:

* �From the root waw-ha-ba (و ه ب), which has the following classical Arabic connotations: to give for no compensation, to give as a gift, to donate, to offer as a present, to bestow, or to give liberally and freely.
* The gift of Allah سُبْحَٰنَهُۥ وَتَعَٰلَىٰ:�The name Al-Wahhab is mentioned three times in the Qur’an and comes from al-hibah, which is a gift detached without conditions or prior cause.
* This name speaks to Allah سُبْحَٰنَهُۥ وَتَعَٰلَىٰ nature of being the all endowering, all bestowing, or the perpetual giver of gifts. Allah سُبْحَٰنَهُۥ وَتَعَٰلَىٰ loves His creation intimately,
* He gives without recompense or interests. In Surah Ibrahim verse 34, “And if you should count the favor of Allah, you could not enumerate them. Indeed, mankind is [generally] most unjust and ungrateful.”
* Give yourself a moment to reflect, look all around you, look at the complexity of your body.
* We can not show enough appreciation to Allah سُبْحَٰنَهُۥ وَتَعَٰلَىٰ for all of His blessings.
* The gift of life, how each cell everyday is at war, it wards off viruses and bacteria that want to destroy it.
* Yet here you are. Every moment we are living and its because Allah سُبْحَٰنَهُۥ وَتَعَٰلَىٰ has written it to be that way.
* He sustains us in every moment and we are unaware and unknowing.

* This name should also make us realize that our success is only through Allah سُبْحَٰنَهُۥ وَتَعَٰلَىٰ.
* Whatever good you do, who inspired that impulse within you?
* Who records and rewards the good one does? It’s all from Allah سُبْحَٰنَهُۥ وَتَعَٰلَىٰ.
* He is not obliged in any way, and He does whatever He wishes.
* But through learning about Allah’s divine names, we learn about His justice, generosity, and abundance, as well as His care, love, and forgiveness.
* These are all gifts of Al-Wahhab.
* Upon further reflection on this name, we may also realize that any inherent skills/qualities we have are also a gift from Allah سُبْحَٰنَهُۥ وَتَعَٰلَىٰ.
* Don’t let your nafs (i.e., ego) intrude and take control over your heart.
* We do that in part by remaining thankful to Allah سُبْحَٰنَهُۥ وَتَعَٰلَىٰ because we did nothing to be deserving of His gifts.
* He just gives, period.
* No questions asked, no “please sign here on the dotted line.” He then leaves us with the choice to take it for granted or to be grateful.
* It’s on us to see His kindness and His mercy. The gift in you:
* Let’s say you gave a gift to a friend, and you see it wasn’t appreciated, used, or had the opposite effect you intended – how would you feel?
* The truth is it hurts. Imagine a recent kidney donor seeing their friend revert back to being an alcoholic. It would be a big slap in the face.
* Similarly, Allah سُبْحَٰنَهُۥ وَتَعَٰلَىٰ has given certain people gifts that get abused.
* We have knowledgeable people, but they use their knowledge to manipulate and cheat others.
* In the act of omission, Allah’s given us the faculty to achieve great things, but we don’t live up to our potential.
* Instead, we get caught up and waste time playing meaningless games.
* We must try our best to use the gifts Allah’s given us in a way that would not insult the giver.
* We should use our gifts to spread goodness to try and uplift and benefit others.
* Just as Allah سُبْحَٰنَهُۥ وَتَعَٰلَىٰ gives gifts out of love we should learn to do the same. “Aishah narrated: ‘The Prophet would accept gifts and he would give something in return.'” [2]

How we call upon Al-Wahhaab ,The Giver of Gifts
* O Allah, Al-Wahhaab, we know You are the Giver of all gifts.
* Ya Allah, Al Wahhab ! Make us of those who are grateful for Your gifts and use them to please You.
* Ya Allah! adorn us with love for You.
* Ya Ghaffaro Make us ponder Your gifts, inspire us to give gifts to others, and give us from Your mercy that overwhelms us in this present w V orld and the world to come. Verily, You are the best giver of gifts, ameen!

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