Greatness of Allah subhaanahu wa ta`aalaa
Imam Ibn ul Qayyim al Jawziyyah
Quoted in "The Weakening of Faith - Its Symptoms – Causes & Cure"
by Shaykh Muhammad Saleh al-Munajjid


Ibn Al-Qayyim described Allah's Greatness, saying,

He governs the affairs of the various kingdoms and He commands and forbids,
creates, sustains, gives death, gives life, gives power, strips power (to
and from whom He wills) and alternates the night and day. He gives varying
fortunes to people and alternates governments (and states), destroying some
and bringing some into existence. His Command and Power are dominant in the
heavens and their zones, the earth and all that which is on and in it, in
the seas and in the air. His Knowledge has encompassed everything and He
counted everything. He hears all types of voices and they do not confuse
Him. Rather, He hears each voice in its distinct language and need, and no
voice will make Him busy from fulfilling the need of another, and no need
will ever escape His Perfect Knowledge (and His Power to deliver). He does
not become bored because of the many needs of those who need. His Sight
encompasses all that which there is. He sees the movement of a black ant on
a barren rock during a dark night. To Him, the Unseen is uncovered end the
secret is secret no more, "Whosoever is in the heavens and on Earth begs of
Him (its needs from Him). Every day He has a matter to bring Forth (such as
giving honor to some, disgrace to some, life to (some, death to some,
etc.)." [55:29] He forgives an evil deed, makes depression vanish and brings
reprieve from disasters, relief for whoever needs it, wealth for the poor,
guidance for the misguided, light for the lost, help for he who is
desperate, fullness for the hungry, cover for the barely clothed, cure for
the ill and ease for he who suffers. He accepts he who repents, gives reward
for he who does good, gives aid for he who was dealt with injustice,
destroys an arrogant person, covers mistakes, gives safety after fear end
elevates some people and humiliates others. If those who inhabit His heavens
and His earth and all those whom He created, whether mankind or the Jinns,
had hearts similar to the most pious heart, His Kingdom will not increase.
If all His creation, whether mankind or the Jinns, had hearts similar to the
heart of the most wicked heart, this will not decrease from His Kingdom.
Also, if all those who inhabit His heavens and His earth, all mankind and
all the Jinns, the dead and the living, stand up on one strip of land and
each asks Him for his need, and He then fulfils their needs, this will not
decrease from what He has a bit. He is the First, nothing is before Him, the
Last, nothing is after Him, the Most High, nothing is above Him, and the
Most Near, nothing is nearer than Him. He, Exalted and Ever High as He is,
is the Best Whom one can and should remember, the only One Who deserves to
be worshiped and thanked, the Kindest of all those who own and the Most
generous of all those who are asked to give. He is the King Who has no
partner, the One Who has no competitor, the Samad (Self-Sufficient) Who has
no offspring, and the Ever High, none like unto Him. Everything perishes
save His Face and every kingship is bound to perish except His. He will only
be obeyed by His Leave, and His Knowledge uncovers all disobedience to Him.
When He is obeyed, He thanks for it, and when He is disobeyed, He grants
forgiveness (for those who truly repent to Him). Every punishment from Him
is just and every bounty is a grace. He is the Closest Witness and the
Nearest One with His Perfect Care. He controls the forelocks of everything
and has the full records of all deeds end the books of all ages. The hearts

are unmasked to Him and the secret is unveiled. His giving and punishing is
merely a Command, "Verily, His Command, when He intends a thing, is only
that He says to it, ‘Be, and it is!’" [36:82].