24. AR-RAAFI’ – THE EXALTER
One of the biggest mistakes we do is to think that honour and success can come from anything or anyone in this dunya. Whereas Allah ar-Raafi’ is the Owner of all Majesty and Honor. Those who follow Him are exalted and those who disobey Him are abased.
“Whoever desires honor – then to Allah belongs all honor. To Him ascends good speech, and righteous work raises it. But they who plot evil deeds will have a severe punishment, and the plotting of those – it will perish.” (35:10)
Not only does He uplift whom He wills, He is also the Uplifter of you and me from our own nafs and desires. But those, in whose hearts is a disease, seek upliftment elsewhere.
“And to Allah belongs [all] honor, and to His Messenger, and to the believers, but the hypocrites do not know.” (63:8)
Of the ones He raises up the most are the ones who dedicate Himself to His Cause, acquire knowledge of His Deen and follow His guidance. Ar-Raafi’ says:
“Allah will exalt those of you who believe and those who are given knowledge to high ranks. And Allah is Aware of what you do.” (58:11)