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25. Al-Mu’izz المعز

Allah (SwT) has said,

Whoever desires honor, to Allah belongs the honor all of it. To Him do the good words ascend, and the good deeds He raises; (as for) those who plan an evil plan, they shall have a severe chastisement, (as for) their plan, it shall surely perish. (Qur’an, 35:10)

He has also said in Surah Ali-‎’Imran:

Say: O Allah, Master of the kingdom! You bestow the kingdom on whomsoever You please and take the kingdom away from whomsoever You please, and You exalt whomsoever You please and abase whomsoever You please; in Your hand is the good (all of it); surely You have power over all things. (Qur’an, 3:26)

Allah (SwT) has said,

“Those who take the unbelievers for guardians rather than the believers: do they seek honor from them? Surely all honor is Allah’s” (Qur’an, 4:139).

Al-Mu’izz conveys the meaning of: the One Who honors whomsoever He pleases from among His servants. Linguistically, ma’azza, the noun derived from the verb yu’izz, means power, strength, might. Allah (SwT) is surely al-’Aziz, the Mighty One Who subdues and is never subdued, Who strengthens His friends by His favor, protecting them against sinning, forgiving their faults, permitting them to reside in Paradise, the abode of His Munificence. Then He honors them by permitting them to witness His manifestations and see His signs.

He is the One Who empowers His prophets by protecting them against erring, granting them victory, protecting them, raising their status among their people. He honors one who obeys Him even if poverty is his lot, and He raises the status of a pious servant of His even if he were an Abyssinian slave. Allah (SwT), God, The Truth, Praised and Glorified is His Name, is referred to as such in various verses of His Book, the Holy Qur’an. Among such references are the following:

Do not let their speech grieve you; surely might is wholly Allah’s; He is the Hearing, the Knowing. (Qur’an, 10:65)

Glory to your Lord, the Lord of Honor, above what they describe. (Qur’an, 37:180)

To Allah belongs the might, and to His Prophet, and the believers, but the hypocrites do not know. (Qur’an, 63:8)

Imam Ali ibn al-Husayn Zayn al-’Abidin is quoted as saying,”If one desires to be honored even though his tribe is not distinguished, or to be held in high esteem even though he has no authority, or to be a man whose wealth does not diminish, he should get out of the humiliation of disobedience and enter into the honor of obeying his Lord.”

Essentially, the way how God honors His servants is by making them feel satisfied, contented, for humiliation lies in one being greedy. Had it not been for false hopes, no free man would have ever been enslaved by anything which, in all truth, is insignificant. The Almighty places one who persists in praising His Name in the center of honor, instilling love and respect for him in people’s hearts.

A servant of Allah (SwT)w ho aspires to earn a good share of personifying this Glorified Name has to honor the Messenger of Allah (S) and those who are knowledgeable among his own contemporaries, showing respect and humility to them.