Al-Qarib

AL-QARĪB (القريب) The Close One

AL-QARIB is the One who is near to everything and to everyone. He is closest to mankind by hearing, seeing and knowing. He has absolute knowledge about you, your inner thoughts, your wildest dreams, your feelings, etc. – “And We have already created man and know what his soul whispers to him, and We are closer to him than his jugular vein.” [Qaf 50:16]

He is the closest to everyone, either believers or disbelievers. – “… there is no secret counsel of three but He is their fourth, nor of five but He is their sixth, nor of less than that or more but He is with them (with His knowledge) where ever they may be….” [Al-Mujadilah58:7]. However, His special QURB (closeness) is reserved only to the MUQARRABUN (the nearest ones to Him). – “The forerunners [in good deeds] are the forerunners [in entering Paradise]. Those are the ones brought near [to Allah].” [Al-Waqi’ah 56:10-11]. So be among the MUQARRABUN. – “They are those who do the obligatory acts and the recommended ones and they abstain from the prohibited acts, the disliked acts, and [even abstain] from some of the permissible ones [due to them bringing no benefit in the afterlife].” [Tafsir ibn Kathir]

Evidence/s

  • Say, “If I should err, I would only err against myself. But if I am guided, it is by what my Lord reveals to me. Indeed, He is Hearing and Near.” [Saba 34:50]
  • “… Indeed, my Lord is near and responsive.” [Hud 11:61]
  • “And when My servants ask you concerning Me – indeed I am near. I respond to the invocation of the supplicant when he calls upon Me….” [Al-Baqarah 2:186]

Links/Sources

  1. Audio: Explaining the Names of Allah by Dr. Fadi Yousef Kablawi (Abu Ubeidah Al-Maqdisi): Part 76 (Al-Qarib)
  2. Article: With the Divine: Part 50 (Al-Qarib) by Jinan Yousef

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