Fleeing from Allaah unto Him

“FROM” and “TO”

The hijrah of a migrator’s heart requires migrating  “from” one state “to” another.

The heart must migrate from loving others to loving Allaah alone.
It must migrate from according servitude to others to according it to Allaah alone.
It must migrate from fearing others to fearing Allaah alone.
It must migrate from having entertain hope in others to having hope in Allaah alone.
It must migrate from relying on others to relying on Allaah alone.
It must migrate from asking and imploring others to asking and imploring Allaah alone.
It must migrate from surrendering and submitting to others to surrendering and submitting to Allaah alone.

This is precisely the meaning of “fleeing unto Allaah”, as Allaah subhanahu wa ta’ala says:

…Flee then unto Allaah…

[Surat Adh-Dhāriyāt 51:50]

Indeed, true tawheed  requires fleeing from Allaah unto Him.Under this heading of “from” and “to”, therefore, falls a great reality of tawheed


Fleeing unto Allaah subhanahu wa ta’ala means directing worship purely to Him, together with all the acts that worship entails, such as appeal, love, fear, surrender, and reliance. Thus, it includes the tawheed of Ilahiyyah²,which is the common theme among the messenger’s messages – may Allaah bestow His praise and peace upon them all.


On the other hand, fleeing from Allaah (unto Him) includes the tawheed of Rububiyyah and the affirmation of Qadar. It professes that whatever one hates or fears or evades in the creation only takes place by Allaah’s will.

Indeed, whatever Allaah subhanahu wa ta’ala wills must happen and exist because of Allaah’s will, and whatever He does not will can never be happen or exist.

Thus, when one flees unto Allaah, one would be actually fleeing from a thing that occurred by Allaah’s will and decree. In other words, one would be fleeing  from Allaah unto Him!

One who properly understands this will then understand the meaning of the Prophet’s (sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallaam) words, (wa a’udhu bika minka)

“I seek refuge from You in You”³

One will then also understand the Prophet’s (sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallaam) saying:

“…There is no shelter or escape from You except to You…”4

There is nothing in the creation from which one would flee or seek protection but that it is created and dominated by Allaah subhanahu wa ta’ala. Therefore, one flees from what is mandated by Allaah’s decree, will, and creation and one flees unto what is mandated by Allaah’s mercy, goodness, kindness, and bounty. Hence, one flees from Allaah unto Him and seek refuge in Him from Him!


[Transcribed from: Ar-Risalat-ut-Tabukiyyah “The Spiritual Journey To Allaah and His Messenger”, Pages: 16-18|By: Ibn Al-Qayyim Al-Jawziyyah (rahimahullaah)|Published by: Al-Kitaab as-Sunnah Publishing, USA 2007]
¹Tawheed is the belief in Allah’s oneness. It is commonly divided into three elements:
(a)Allaah owns and controls the creation, i.e., He is the only True Lord or Rabb. This is called the “Tawheed of Rububiyyah.”
(b)Allaah possesses the most sublime attributes and excellent names. This is called “the Tawheed of al-Asma was-Sifat (the Names and Attributes)”.
(c)Allaah is solely worthy of worship and full obedience. This is called “the Tawheed of Ubudiyyah or Ibadah (worship)”
²Tawheed of Ilahiyyah or Uluhiyyah is to believe that Allaah is the only true Ilah (God). Therefore, it is the same as tawheed al-Ubudiyyah.
³This is part of a hadith recorded by Muslim (486) from Ai’shah (radiallaahu `anha) that one night she heard the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallaam) in sujud:
“O Allaah! Indeed I seek refuge in Your pleasure from Your wrath, in Your protection from Your punishment, and I seek refuge in You from You. I cannot offer You the praise You deserve. Indeed, You are as only You can praise Yourself.”
4This is a part of a hadith recorded by al-Bukhari (247) and Muslim (2710) from al-Bara Bin Azib (radiallaahu `anhu) that the Messenger (sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallaam) instructed him to say when going to bed:
“O Allah, I submit myself to You,turn my face to You,relinquish my affairs to You,and support my back to (i.e., derive my strength from) You, out of hope (for rewards) and fear (of punishment) from You. There is no shelter or escape from You except with You. I believe in the Book You have revealed, and in  the Prophet You have sent.”

About Umm Abdulazeez

"I am a Muslim who is upon the Qur'aan and the Sunnah and upon the methodology of the Salaf As-Saalih (Pious Predecessors). And that can be said in short by saying, 'I am a Salafee' " [Shaykh Al-Albaanee رحمه الله] ________ Sufyaan Ath-Thawree (rahimahullaah) said: “Indeed knowledge should only be learned for the purpose of fearing Allaah. Indeed, knowledge has been given virtue over other than it because with it Allaah is feared.” [Jaam'i Bayaan al-'Ilm wa Fadlihi by Imaam Ibn Abdil-Barr (rahimahullaah)]
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