What Is Riya (Ostentation)?

Answered by Shaykh Farid Dingle

Question: Assalamu alaykum

My question is simple “Who is Allah really?”. On paper (quran, hadidth) Allah is mentioned as being most merciful.

But in reality He is simply not merciful or anything (at least for me). He is mean, stingy, non merciful. I even feel that He likes that I am in pain.

Answer: Assalamu alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

Dear questioner,

Had Allah willed, you and I would not exists, you and I would not breathe, you and I would be forever hungry, be forever in fear, be forever in pain. We must reflect upon this and thank Him for that.

Above and beyond this, Allah has given us the chance to abide in Paradise for ever, and ever and ever. All we have to do is hold on to His guidelines for a short time and then we die and pass the test, inshaAllah. This is huge blessing. We should never stop thanking Allah for this.

So Allah is merciful and kind. I pray this has answered your question.

Wassalam,
[Shaykh] Farid Dingle

Shaykh Farid Dingle grew up in a convert family in Herefordshire, UK. In 2007, he moved to Jordan to pursue traditional studies. Shaykh Farid continues to live in Amman, Jordan with his wife and kids. In addition to continuing his studies he teaches Arabic and several of the Islamic sciences.

Shaykh Farid began his journey in sacred knowledge with intensives in the UK and Jordan (2004) in Shafi’i fiqh and Arabic. After years of studying Arabic grammar, Shafi’i fiqh, hadith, legal methodology (usul al-fiqh) and tafsir, Sh. Farid began specializing in Arabic language and literature. Sh. Farid studied Pre-Islamic poetry, Umayyad, Abbasid, Fatimid, and Andalusian literature. He holds a BA in Arabic Language and Literature and continues exploring the language of the Islamic tradition.

In addition to his interest in the Arabic language Shaykh Farid actively researches matters related to jurisprudence (fiqh) which he studied with Shaykh Hamza Karamali, Shaykh Ahmad Hasanat, and continues with Shaykh Amjad Rasheed. 

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