The ongoing wars on Muslim lands are yet another tragedy on our Ummah. And when we are sitting in front of our computer screens, reading the news, one of many thoughts that cross our minds is “are these the means in which the kuffar are going to take over us ?”, we delve into endless anxiety. Here, we are forgetting the ultimate solution that Allah has given to all of the mankind, and that is “And whoever has taqwa of Allah, He will make for him a way out, and will provide for him from where he does not expect” because one of the Beautiful Names of Allah is “Al-Fattah”. Let’s find out more on how Allah “Al-Fattah” gives hope, strength, and serenity to His believers.
Linguistically, “Fattah” means “to let loose any closed thing”, “to distance confusion”. To distance sorrow, anxiety, poverty, detailing, explaining, revealing are the explicit meaning of “Fattah”. It also means “to judge”, “command”, “open”, “unfold”, “permit”, and “giving victory”.
Allah “Al-Fattah” is the One who opens the door of Provisions and Mercy for His servants, and also discloses the sources of our provisions. He makes accessible to us the favors which we seek.
“Whatever Allah grants to people of mercy – none can withhold it; and whatever He withholds – none can release it thereafter. And He is the Exalted in Might, the Wise.”
He (Praise be to Him) precipitates riches of this life and the hereafter for those whose hearts He has unlocked with care. Those riches include knowledge of faith, Asma and Sifaat of Allah, ways to gain His pleasure, and guidance towards the straight path. He unlocks the treasures of goodness and gratitude for His obedient servants and shuts those treasures for His enemies. This is His Grace and Justness.
Similarly, He (Glory be to Him) unlocks the goodness as a means of trials and Wisdom.
“So when they forgot that by which they had been reminded, We opened to them the doors of every [good] thing until, when they rejoiced in that which they were given, We seized them suddenly, and they were [then] in despair.”
Hasan Al-Basri said, “Whomever Allah gives provision and he thinks that Allah is not testing him, has no wisdom. Whomever has little provision and thinks that Allah will not look at (provide for) him, has no wisdom.” He then recited the Ayah, “So, when they forgot (the warning) with which they had been reminded, We opened to them the gates of every (pleasant) thing, until in the midst of their enjoyment in that which they were given, all of a sudden, We took them to punishment, and lo! They were plunged into destruction with deep regrets and sorrows.” He added, “By the Lord of the Ka`bah! Allah deceived these people, when He gave them what they wished, and then they were punished.” (Ibn Abi Hatim recorded this statement)
Furthermore, Allah al-Fattah is the best of the judges who is always Just in His judgment and never ever nonchalant while judging. On the Day of Resurrection, He will judge between His creations when every doer will receive according to deeds performed. He doesn’t need any witness as nothing is hidden from Him. Dear readers, now we know why this Names brings hope to the oppressed, isn’t it?
“And [you will obtain] another [favor] that you love – victory from Allah and an imminent conquest; and give good tidings to the believers.”
He judges with equity and truth by which He grants them victory in:
- this life i.e., knowledge Islam,
- rewarding them,
- and decree i.e., send down their fate (daily, weekly, monthly, yearly) with Wisdom.
Allah al-Fattah gives victory to those who help the truth and are truthful to themselves and others. He unveils between truth and falsehood. He makes the truth apparent and describes it; erases the falsehood and make it known falsehood. Likewise, He (Praise be to Him) disgraces the people of falsehood and those who spread such falsehood.
“If you [disbelievers] seek the victory – the defeat has come to you. And if you desist [from hostilities], it is best for you; but if you return [to war], We will return, and never will you be availed by your [large] company at all, even if it should increase; and [that is] because Allah is with the believers.”
Undoubtedly, in every story of the Prophets there are lessons for us. When Prophet Noah pleaded Allah al-Fattah as stated in the Qur’an:
““Then judge between me and them with decisive judgment and save me and those with me of the believers.” So We (Allah) saved him and those with him in the laden ship.””
Indeed, greatest of this Name is such that His (Praise be to Him) chosen servants amongst the messengers, Prophets, and believers approach the enemies of Islam and become victorious in both the lives. Subhan Allah!
Having learnt of this beautiful Name, a believer’s heart has the following positive effects:
- He allows every good to enter in his heart, family, and surroundings and restricts every evil likewise. His every opening is for good and every closing is for evil.
- He returns towards Allah al-Fattah in every state he is in for which he is rewarded with beneficial knowledge, faith, guidance, provisions, and immense Mercy.
“…Our Lord, decide between us and our people in truth, and You are the best of those who give decision.”
 Surah Fatir: 2
 Surah al-An’am: 44
 Surah Saf: 13
 Surah al-Anfal: 19
 Surah ash-Shu’rah: 118
 Surah al-A’raf:89