Ibn al-Qayyim (may Allaah have mercy on him) described the greatness of God (Subhana Wa Taala = glorified and exalted be He) in his beautiful way: " Allah (Subhana wa Taala) is controlling the affairs of all the kingdoms. He (Subhana Wa Taala) commands and prohibits, creates and gives provision, and gives death and gives life. Allah(Subhana Wa Taala) raises and lowers peoples status, alternates night and day, gives days (good and not so good) to men by turns, and causes nations to rise and fall, so that one nation vanishes and another emerges. His (Subhana wa Taala) command and decree are carried out throughout the heavens and on earth, above it and below it, in the oceans and in the air. He (Subhana Wa Taala) has knowledge of all things and knows the number of all things. Allah (Subhana Wa Taala) hears all voices, and does not mistake one for another; He (Subhana Wa Taala) hears them all, in all the different languages and with all their varied requests and pleas. No voice distracts Him from hearing another, He ( Subhana Wa Taala) does not confuse their requests, and He (Subhana Wa Taala) never tires of hearing the pleas of those in need. Allah (Subhana Wa Taala) sees all that is visible, even the walk of a black ant across a solid rock in the darkest night. The unseen is visible to Him, and secrets are known to Him Whosoever is in the heavens and on earth begs of Him (its needs from Him). Every day Allah(Subhana Wa Taala) has a matter to bring forth (such as giving honour to some, disgrace to some, life to some, death to some, etc.)! [al-Rahman 55:29 interpretation of the meaning]. Allah (Subhana Wa Taala) forgives sins, eases worries, relieves distress, helps the defeated person back on his feet, makes the poor rich, guides the one who is astray and confused, fulfils the needs of the desperate, feeds the hungry, clothes the naked, conceals faults, and calms fears. Allah(Subhana Wa Taala) raises the status of some and lowers the status of others Even if all the inhabitants of heaven and earth, the first and the last of them, mankind and jinn alike, were to be as pious as the most pious among them, this would not increase His sovereignty in the slightest; if they all, the first and the last of them, mankind and jinn alike, were to be as rebellious as the most rebellious among them, this would not decrease His sovereignty in the slightest. If everything in heaven and on earth, the first and the last of them, mankind and jinn, living and dead, animate and inanimate, were to stand in one place and ask of Him, and Allah (Subhana Wa Taala) were to give them everything that they asked for, thiswould not decrease what HE has by even an atoms weight. Allah (Subhana Wa Taala) is the First, before Whom there is nothing, and the Last, after Whom there is nothing, may He be blessed and exalted. He is the Most deserving of being remembered, the Most deserving of being worshipped, the Most deserving of being thanked. Allah (Subhana Wa Taala) is the Most Compassionate of kings, the Most Generous of those who are asked . He is the King Who has no partner or associate, the One who has no rival, the Self-Sufficient Master, Who has no son, the Most High, and there is none like unto Him. Everything will perish save His face [al-Qasas28:88 interpretation of the meaning], and everything will vanish except His sovereignty. Allah(Subhana Wa Taala) will not be obeyed except by His permission, and He will not be disobeyed except with His knowledge. Allah(Subhana Wa Taala) is obeyed, so He shows His appreciation, and He is disobeyed, so He forgives. Every punishment on His part is justice, and every blessing from Him is a favour. Allah (Subhana Wa Taala) is the closest of witnesses and the nearest of protectors. Allah (Subhana Wa Taala) seizes people by their forelocks, records their deeds and decrees the appointed time for all things. Hearts conceal nothing from Him, for secrets are known to Him. Allah's (Subhana Wa Taala) gift is a word and His punishment is a word: Verily, His Command, when He intends a thing, is only that He says to it, Be ! and it is. [Yaa-Seen 36:82 interpretation of the meaning]. (Adapted from al-Waabil al-Sayib, p. 125)"