عن سعد بن أبي وقاص رضي الله عنه قال: جاء أعرابي إلى رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم فقال: علمني كلامًا أقوله. قال: "قل لا إله إلا الله وحده لا شريك له، الله أكبر كبيرا والحمد لله كثيرا وسبحان الله رب العالمين، ولا حول ولا قوة إلا بالله العزيز الحكيم” قال فهؤلاء لربي، فما لي؟ قال: "قل اللهم اغفر لي، وارحمني، واهدني، وارزقني" (رواه مسلم).
Sa’d bin Abu Waqqas (May Allah be pleased with him) reported:
A bedouin came to the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) and said to him, “Teach me a few words to recite frequently.” He (ﷺ) said, “Say: "La ilaha illallahu wahdahu la sharika lahu; Allahu Akbar kabiran, wal-hamdu lillahi kathiran, wa subhan-Allahi Rabbil-‘alamin; wa la hawla wa la quwwata illa billahil-'Azizil-Hakim (there is no true god except Allah the One and He has no partner with Him; Allah is the Greatest and greatness is for Him. All praise is due to Him. Allah, the Rubb of the worlds is free from imperfection; there is no might and power but that of Allah, the All-Powerful and the All-Wise.)”’ The bedouin said: “All of these for my Rubb. But what is for me?” Thereupon he (Messenger of Allah (ﷺ)) said, “You should say: 'Allahummaghfir li, warhamni, wahdini, warzuqni (O Allah! Grant me pardon, have mercy upon me, direct me to righteousness and provide me subsistence)’.”
“And God has made for you from yourselves mates…” (Quran 16:72)
Reflection: The existence of two genders, created to instinctively unite in marriage and produce families from which both benefit and happiness is derived, is described as a Sign of God’s immanence for people of deep reflection. Not only do our spouses and children enrich our lives and experiences, but they are the means by which humanity is untiringly regenerated on this planet, under its Creator’s watchful care. Moreover, marriage is the mechanism through which societies and civilisations are moulded, customs and cultures are passed, and love and mercy is fostered between former strangers. “And [He] made for you, out of them, sons and daughters and grandchildren, and provided for you sustenance of the best: will they then believe in vain things, and be ungrateful for God’s favours?” (Quran 16:72).
“Do you not see that God drives clouds?” (Quran 24:43)
Reflection: Although pretty enough to look at, clouds actually have a diverse range of functions which keep our planet in order. Most obviously, they regulate temperatures by absorbing some of the heat which reaches the surface of the earth from the sun. This cools the atmosphere and makes the weather less suffocating. This is why clouds were historically viewed as signs of good fortune, heralding fresh rainwater and the consequent growth of crops. One of the Ninety-Nine Names of God in Islam is Al-Lateef, or “the Subtle One,” whose watchful care can be gently felt by us humans in the ways in which the elements of nature come together for our benefit and protection. In this verse, the precisely regulated movement of clouds across our planet’s surface is pointed to as a Sign of God’s immanence, “for men of understanding” (Quran 3:190).