Justice & Al-Musta’aan

When falsehood is winning and you’re seeking for justice about the truth which is only known by you, there’s only one place to rely on- The Almighty.

Now you realise which word did He used to describe himself in this ayah?

Al Musta’aan

Allah calls Himself Al-Musta’aan — The One whose help is sought— on only TWO occasions in the Quran.

  1. 21:112- the ayah above, dua of Rasulullah saw
  2. 12:18- Prophet Yaacob’s dialogue to his sons

Instead of using An-Naseer (The Helper), Al-Musta’aan is carefully selected because it means that the assistance and support we’re seeking is through HIM ALONE.

The root word however, is used 11 times in the Quran with other 4 derived forms:

  1. wa a’aanahu (“and helped him”)
  2. ta’aawanoo (“help one another”)
  3. nasta’eenu “(we ask for help”)
  4. awaanun (“middle-aged”).

Do you realise where did we mention the third form? Yup, we say it at least 17 times everyday!

إِيَّاكَ نَعْبُدُ وَإِيَّاكَ نَسْتَعِينُ

(Al Fatihah: 5)

Asbabun Nuzul

وَجَاءُوا عَلَىٰ قَمِيصِهِ بِدَمٍ كَذِبٍ قَالَ بَلْ سَوَّلَتْ لَكُمْ أَنفُسُكُمْ أَمْرًا فَصَبْرٌ جَمِيلٌ وَاللَّهُ الْمُسْتَعَانُ عَلَىٰ مَا [12:18]تَصِفُونَ

In Surah Yuusuf, Prophet Yaaqob’s sons clearly described something that had not taken place; no wolf ate Yuusuf, but what could Yaqoob do? All he could do was turn to Allah and he said: Allaahul musta’aanu ‘alaa ma tasifoon –And Allah is the one sought for help against that which you described.


In surah Al-‘Anbiyaa the Prophet salallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam used this statement himself when disbelievers were disrespecting Allah: wa Rabbunar-Rahmaanul Musta’aan’alaa maa tasifoon– And our Lord is the Most Merciful, the One Whose help is sought against that which you describe.


Ibn Abbaas radiyallahu ‘anhu said:

One day, I was riding behind the Prophet when he said:

“O boy! I will instruct you in some matters. Protect the commandments of Allah, He will preserve you.

Safeguard His Rights, He will be ever with you.

If you seek help, seek help from Allah alone;

and if you need assistance, supplicate to Allah Alone for help.

And remember that if all the people gather to benefit you, they will not be able to benefit you except that which Allah had foreordained (for you);

and if all of them gather to do harm to you, they will not be able to afflict you with anything other than that which Allah had pre-destined against you.

The pens had been lifted and the ink had dried up.”


This hadith is one of my favourite, because of the lessons it brings.

  • I feel that this is a support to another hadith which was reported by Anas ibn Malik :

“The people will see a time of patience in which someone adhering to his religion will be as if he were grasping a hot coal.”

No matter how widespread a falsehood is, we’re never at loss if we take hold of the truth. It requires patience to withstand the pain but look at the rewards- He’ll preserve you, be with you and will help you. What else could we ask for? 🙂

  • We shouldn’t be extremely affected by other people’s stand or decision no matter how good or how bad it is. Why is that? Let’s look at the ayah below:

“…….and it may be that you dislike a thing while it is good for you, and it may be that you love a thing while it is evil for you, and Allah knows, while you do not know.” [2:216]

I’m pretty sure you can see the reason now? Because none of it will happen if it’s not for Allah’s will. 🙂 Good or bad, there’s a reason behind it.

  • Anytime we feel that we’re in desperate need for help, seek help from Allah first. Then proceed to borrowing money from a friend or asking help from a teacher etc. Allah’s Messenger salallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said:

“Who will guarantee me that he will not ask mankind for anything, and I will guarantee for him Paradise (in return).”

[Abu Daud]

Take home message

  1. Say Allahu Musta’aan everytime you’re in need
  2. Use this dhikr in your daily life:

فَقُلْ حَسْبِي اللَّهُ لا إِلَهَ إِلاَّ هُوَ عَلَيْهِ تَوَكَّلْتُ وَهُوَ رَبُّ الْعَرْشِ الْعَظِيمِ

Say: Allah is sufficient for me. None has the right to be worshiped but He, in Him I put my trust and He is the Lord of the Mighty Throne [9:129].

3. Be helpful to others. That’s how you’ll be benefited when you need help in return. 🙂



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