Hadith on God: Prophetic Supplication on Allah’s Self-Praise

📖Sahih Muslim 486
‘A’isha reported: One night I missed Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) from the bed, and when I sought him my hand touched the soles of his feet while he was in the state of prostration; they (feet) were raised and he was saying:” O Allah, I seek refuge in Thy pleasure from Thy anger, and in Thy forgiveness from Thy punishment, and I seek refuge in Thee from Thee (Thy anger). I cannot reckon Thy praise. Thou art as Thou hast lauded Thyself.”

  • This hadith narrated by Aisha, the wife of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), highlights the importance of seeking refuge in Allah from His anger and punishment. It also shows the Prophet’s devotion and humility in his prayer. The anger mentioned in the hadith refers to Allah’s attribute of anger, which is considered a natural emotion created by Allah and not a flaw or weakness. Allah’s anger is directed towards those who persist in sin and transgression, and who reject His guidance and mercy. Muslims can learn several lessons from this hadith. Firstly, it emphasizes the importance of seeking Allah’s forgiveness and protection from His anger and punishment. Muslims should be aware of their actions and strive to avoid sin and transgression. Secondly, the hadith highlights the importance of humility and devotion in prayer. Just as the Prophet was in a state of prostration and seeking Allah’s protection, Muslims should also strive to humble themselves before Allah and seek His guidance and mercy. Finally, the hadith teaches Muslims the importance of acknowledging the greatness and majesty of Allah, and the inability of humans to fully praise and glorify Him. Muslims are encouraged to recognize and appreciate Allah’s attributes and to seek His pleasure and forgiveness through sincere worship and good deeds.