Al Rasheed


"And   when My servants ask you concerning Me, then surely I am very near: I answer   the prayer of the suppliant when he calls on Me; therefore, they should   answer My call and believe in Me so that they will be rightly guided."   (Qur’an, 02:186). 


The Attribute "al-Rasheed" is derived from Rushd,   its root word, which means: guidance, righteousness, and uprightness, the   antithesis of straying and crookedness.

  Its derivation accepts two possibilities: one is al-Rasheed, which means the   same as al-Rashid, the Wise One, so Wise is He that there is nothing among   His deeds that can be regarded as wasteful or wrong.

  The other is that it may mean the same as al-Badee`, and Allah's irshad, that   is, His leading His servants to the right path, is due to His hidaya, guidance.   Al-Rasheed is the One Whose management of all affairs achieves its objectives   without anyone else besides Him directing or assisting it, Who is none but   Allah, Glory to Him. Al-Rasheed pleases whoever He wills by providing him   with His guidance, making whoever He wills miserable by distancing him from   His guidance. He is the One in Whose management there is no lapse, and in   Whose assessment there is no fault.

  Al-Rasheed is characterized by complete perfection, great wisdom, and   ultimate guidance. He is the One Whose management of all affairs reaches its   ultimate goal and success. He guides His creatures and leads them to what is   best for them. He guides them through His wisdom towards the attainment of   their well-being in the life of this world and in the life to come.   Al-Rasheed has made those with whom He is pleased happy, Who guided His   friends to Him; there is no negligence in His management of the affairs nor   in His assessment, and He is known for His justice and favors.

  Al-Rasheed is al-Murshid, the One Who inspires right guidance for those who   obey Him, and He has led all beings to His guidance, the One Whose rope is   strong, Whose command is wise. In Surat al-Kahaf, we read the following   verse, "Lord! Grant us mercy from You, and provide for us a   right course in our affairs" (Qur’an, 18:10), and, "...   whomsoever He causes to err, you shall not find for him any friend to lead   (him) rightly" (Qur’an, 18:17).

  If a servant of Allah wishes to be on the right track, his guidance will be   proportionate with his terse management in the attainment of his secular and   religious objectives. One must deal with his Lord, al-Rasheed, in a way   whereby he properly relies on his Lord to guide him. His Lord will then lead   him to reform his own self first, to refer all his affairs to Him, and to   seek refuge with Him whenever evil touches him and pray for His help whenever   he is afflicted, just as Allah has told Moses to do: "And when   he (Moses) turned his face towards Midyan, he said: Maybe my Lord will guide   me to a course nearer to the right path than this" (Qur’an, 18:24).

  Thus ought a servant of Allah to behave: when he wakes up, he should rely on   his Lord, and whatever matter faces him, he should seek Allah's help in its   regard then await what signal his heart will respond thereto.

  He will then help him do whatever he needs to do and will suffice him   regarding all his affairs. If he does contrary to what Allah guides him, He   will then reprimand him so that he would know that his Lord found him to be   insolent, hence he abandons his self-reliance and forsakes following his own   mind and trickery.

  A servant of Allah ought to quite often remember the Attribute   "al-Rasheed" and cling to its meaning so that he may be led to the   commendable conduct, and Allah will then grant him wisdom and bestow His   blessings upon him.