O man, think! You are bound to die. If you follow your soul and Satan, your neighbours, and even your relations, will be happy at being delivered from you. But if saying, “I seek refuge with God from Satan the Accursed,” you follow the Qur’an and the Merciful One’s Beloved (UWBP), then in accordance with your degree the heavens and earth and all beings will be sorry at your parting, and in effect weep. Mourning in elevated fashion and giving you a splendid send-off, they will indicate that you will have a good welcome in the world of eternity according to your degree, when you enter it through the door of the grave.1
This consists of three points.
F i r s t P o i n t : One of Satan’s most cunning wiles is to deceive people with narrow minds, short views, and constricted hearts concerning the immensity of the truths of belief. He says: “It is said that a single Being directs and administers within His dominicality all particles and planets and stars and all the other beings and all their states. How can a person believe in such an immense and extraordinary matter? How can it be contained in the heart? How can the mind accept it?” He awakens a feeling of denial in respect of human impotence.
T h e A n s w e r : The way to silence this wile of Satan’s is “God is Most Great!” And its true answer is “God is Most Great!” Yes, the reason “God is Most Great!” is the most frequently repeated of all the marks of Islam is to eliminate this wile. For it is through the light of “God is Most Great!” that man’s impotence and lack of power, weakness and lack of strength, and narrow thought see such infinitely vast truths and affirm them. It is through the strength of “God is Most Great!” that man sustains those truths, and situates them within the sphere of “God is Most Great!” And he says to his heart which starts to doubt:
It is self-evident that the universe is administered and directed in most orderly fashion. There are two ways in which this may occur:
The First Way: It is possible that despite its wondrous immensity, such an astonishing work comes about through wondrous art in a wondrous way. So this first way is that the universe exists through the dominicality, will, and power of a Single and Eternally Besought One, to whose existence are witnesses to the number of beings, indeed, of minute particles.
The Second Way: This is the way of unbelief and associating partners with God, which is in no way possible and is so difficult as to be impossible
See, Tirmidhi, Qiyama, 26 (2460); Ibn Maja, Zuhd, 31; Musnad, ii, 364; vi, 140.