Al Fattah – The Opener

Al Aleem – The All Knowing
October 26, 2018

Al Fattah – The Opener

 
 

Al Fattah – The Opener

 
Moving countries was not easy, but once I opened my eyes, I saw His manifestation of Al Fattah. He brings light after darkness. Al Fattah opens the crack to let His Light through so that your heart can breathe again. Sometimes Al Fattah works in the most subtle ways, and if your heart is veiled you will not be able to see His manifestation of Al Fattah. He makes easy that which He wills.  Al Fattah is the One who opens the treasure stores of provision and mercy for creation. He brings expansion after constriction. And He opens to us that which is blocked.
 
Fattah also means something new and a journey that is unknown to you. What is unknown to you are ‘closed’ in that sense. And when you start your journey, implore Allah to open the doors for you, whether it is a new job, marriage or university. There are many paths in our life that are locked.  As though they have doors that are closed. Those doors can be physical – like something we want to do but can’t or are unable to. Those doors can be emotional; we may be sitting with emotions that we want to move beyond, but we feel stuck in those feelings. Those doors can be horizons of knowledge that we want to learn or study, but we have been unable to do so.
 
And we have a beautiful example of Al Fattah in Seerah. When Allah opened a way for the Prophet ﷺ and Sayyiduna Abu Bakr (RA) in the cave of Thawr, Allah commanded a bird to build a nest and lay an egg, a spider to spin his web at the mouth of the cave and a tree to grow next to the entrance of the cave. This is Al Fattah. And it was because he ﷺ was in remembrance of the Divine. And he ﷺ was content with the Divine’s will because the Prophet ﷺ knew Allah will manifest His name, Al Fattah, and open, if not one pathway, then pathways for him ﷺ and for Abu Bakr As Sidiq (RA).
 
There is a beautiful quote that I once read by Mawlana Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī, the scholar and poet, and he says, "If all doors before you close, He will show you a hidden way beyond." Mawlana Rumi teaches us that we should never lose hopewhenever there is a door that is shut and which seems that it can’t be open. Why? Because Allah is al-Fatah and as long as we keep connected to Him, He won’t only open the door but show us a thousand other pathways. As I sit here typing this, in the city of Muhammad Al-Fatih, I am constantly reminded of the power of Al Fattah - this young commander, his heart connected to the Divine, achieved what most deemed impossible when he carried his fleet over the hills in one night - to finally open the city and fulfill the prophecy of Rasulullah ﷺ. May Al Fattah open what has been sealed for us in all our matters.

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