My inclination is, and Allah knows best, that the
first part of this Hadith is inviting believers to have trust in Allah Almighty.
Obviously, we need to have trust in Him only in a way that is acceptable to the
teachings of Islam. What it means is that we should do our part of the job and
then trust Him in matters that are legitimate. We should not be unnecessarily
overawed by the circumstances if there is an important objective to be achieved.
The Almighty would do according to the extent of trust an individual has reposed
What this Hadith doesn’t obviously mean is that an individual
should start imagining that the Almighty would do things for him/her which He
has already clarified He wouldn’t do. For instance, the Almighty has promised
forgiveness to His servants if they seek it through sincere repentance. However,
if someone, relying on an erroneous understanding of this Hadith, concludes that
His God would forgive him anyway, then it would be a very misleading conclusion.
What has been promised to a believer in the second part of
the Hadith by God Almighty is something special. You see, when you remember
someone by mentioning him/her to others, you may or may not be fully involved in
truly remembering the person yourself in your heart. When you remember someone
in your heart, that person must be very special for you. Remembering here means,
to me, not just a casual thought. It is remembering with fondness. Imagine God
Almighty fondly remembering you in His Heart! Can there be a greater privilege
I think the mention of a better group is referring to angels.
That’s how it has been mentioned in some other Ahadith. Allah knows the best.
May the Almighty enable us to belong to that category.