And praise be to Allah whether He is obeyed or disobeyed, and not a leaf falls but with His praise, and not an atom stirs in the cosmos but with His praise. So He is praiseworthy and glorious in His very being even if no one were to praise or glorify Him. He is the one, the unique, even if no one were to declare His oneness. He is the True God, even if no one were to declare His divinity.
Surely Allah has said through the words of the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa salam): ‘Allah has heard the one who praises Him.’
In reality, He is the one praising Himself through the tongues of His slaves, for it is He who has caused these words to flow from his tongue and heart. Glory be to Him for this outpouring of praise. Thus, all praise belongs to Him absolutely, and all kingship belongs to Him absolutely, and all good is in His hand absolutely, and to Him return all matters, hidden and known, absolutely.
This understanding is a tiny speck from the understanding of devotion and slave hood of praise, and a miniscule drop from the deep unfathomable ocean of devotion.
To be continued…