Posted by: Dawud Israel | May 12, 2009

A Fatwa worth a Thousand Words


I was googling an ayah to find where it was in the Quran and by sheer chance (actually, Allah’s pre-ordained Qadr (destiny) in my view!) I came across this emotionally moving fatwa.

Its such a simple question and response…but just look! Just how “masum” (pure and innocent) and valuable this is! How many thousands of Muslims could benefit from thinking like this child! How beautiful is it to see such a strong relationship with Allah subhana wa ta’ala at such a young age. There is a hadith qudsi where Allah says, “I am to My servant what he THINKS of me.”  Why can’t others realize their problems and bad relationships are an echo of their relationship with Allah?


Can I tell my five year old daughter that Allah is her best friend?

Answered by Ustadha Zaynab Ansari, SunniPath Academy Teacher


Can I tell my five year old daughter that Allah is her best friend? My daughter was having trouble sleeping. At first I thought that I would reassure her that I was her best friend. This did not work and so I thought that Allah would be the best of friends for her. This worked and my child was very happy at having such a friend. I think I have done the right thing but would value your opinion.


In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Dear Questioner,

Assalamu alaikum,

I pray that you and your family are in good health and strong iman.

There is certainly nothing wrong with telling your daughter that Allah Most High is her best friend.

Some of the 99 Names of Allah include:

1. Al-Waliyy (Protecting Friend)
2. Al-Wadud (The Loving)
3. Al-Muhaymin (The Guardian)

Allah the Exalted tells us in the Qur’an, “Allah is the Protecting Friend of those who have faith: from the depths of darkness He will lead them forth into light..” (2:257).

As parents, we should emphasize the loving attributes of Allah Most High. This will inculcate the love of Allah in our children’s hearts and sow the seeds for lives of obedience and righteousness, insha’Allah.

And Allah knows best.

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  1. Takbir!

  2. Aww… that’s so cute masya’Allah!
    What a great father she has… teaching her to rely on Allah when she’s still young… Hasbunallah wa ni’mal wakeel!

  3. As Salamu alaikum wr wb ,

    may Allah bless him for this nice & lovely question

    Takbir !!!!!

  4. Maybe I missed the point or through cultural differences I didn’t find any value in this post.

    I think the question and the idea behind question showed a lack of understanding of who,what Allah is. I tend to see many so-called “born” Muslims have an almost fearful dreadful notion of Allah. It’s pretty similar to Christians concept of God pre1970’s. To them Allah is watching everything you and is ready to pounce on you and punish you for even a “bad” thought. It’s as if they don’t know what is the meaning of the term that Allah most often refers to himself as, Al Rabb. How someone can know the meaning of Al Rabb and think Allah is cruel tyrant is beyond me.

  5. Hamza21:

    No, I think they understood…that is why the parent gave that advice to the child. They just wanted to hear some theological validation for their belief from someone more knowledgeable.

    But you are definitely right…we forget Allah says, “My Mercy precedes my Wrath.” And that, Allah has more mercy and care for His creation than a mother to her child…so we forget how vast His Mercy is…I think it is a result of the mullahs and angry khutbahs…which in turn are in response to so called “Clash of Civilizations.”

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