Does Allah Understand Me? Knowing Allah’s Mercy and the Wisdom of the Difficulties in Life

Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani


I know that Allah understands me, but it just doesn’t feel like that. How do I know that Allah understands me?


Walaikum assalam,

I hope you’re doing well, insha’Allah. Thinking about our relationship with Allah Most Merciful is a blessed act and can open the doors of good in your life.

Allah Most High is our creator—the Creator and Sustainer of all things. He Knows all things, completely, eternally.

In the Verse of the Throne, Allah Most High tells us about Himself:

“Allah! There is no god but Him, the Ever-Living, All-Sustaining. Neither drowsiness nor sleep overtakes Him. To Him belongs whatever is in the heavens and whatever is on the earth. Who could possibly intercede with Him without His permission? He knows what is ahead of them and what is behind them, but no one can grasp any of His knowledge—except what He wills. His Throne encompasses the heavens and the earth, and the preservation of both does not tire Him. For He is the Most High, the Greatest.” [Quran, 2.255]

How Do I Know Allah Understands Me?

Allah has chosen to deal with all creation through encompassing Mercy.

This life is a test. Some of the tests are difficult, bitter, and challenging. Allah Most High tells us, “Truly, we have created the human in toil and struggle.” [Quran, 90.4]

But its mercy and good is manifest in both
(a) eternal, multiplied reward; and
(b) the contentment, serenity, and joy that believers who have steadfastness (sabr), gratitude (shukr), and trust (tawakkul) in Allah Most High.

This passage from the Quran tells us the Prayer of Prophet Musa (peace be upon him) and Allah Most High’s response and promises:

“….This is only a test from You—by which You allow whoever you will to stray and guide whoever You will. You are our Guardian. So forgive us and have mercy on us. You are the best forgiver. Ordain for us what is good in this life and the next. Indeed, we have returned to You.” Allah replied, “I will inflict My torment on whoever I will. But My mercy encompasses everything. I will ordain mercy for those who shun wrong, give zakat, and believe in Our Revelation. [Quran, 7.155-156]

Allah cares for us. He loves us. His Mercy is waiting for us. We just need to have certitude in this, to seek it, and to strive with steadfastness and gratitude.

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And Allah is the giver of success and facilitation.

[Shaykh] Faraz Rabbani

Shaykh Faraz Rabbani spent ten years studying with some of the leading scholars of recent times, first in Damascus and then in Amman, Jordan. His teachers include the foremost theologian of recent times in Damascus, the late Shaykh Adib al-Kallas (may Allah have mercy on him), as well as his student Shaykh Hassan al-Hindi, one of the leading Hanafi fuqaha of the present age. He returned to Canada in 2007, where he founded SeekersGuidance in order to meet the urgent need to spread Islamic knowledge–both online and on the ground–in a reliable, relevant, inspiring, and accessible manner. He is the author of Absolute Essentials of Islam: Faith, Prayer, and the Path of Salvation According to the Hanafi School (White Thread Press, 2004.) Since 2011, Shaykh Faraz has been named one of the 500 most influential Muslims by the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Center