Asalamualaikum wrt wb,
All praise be to Allah,
The scholars say that a person should not hold a bad opinion about Allah, Most Merciful, ie. rather he should have a good opinion of Allah, and that he should hope for Allah's mercy and seek of His Bounty. The scholars say:
Having good opinion of Allah is from the essentials of Tawheed (Monotheism), which many people have become heedless of. It is from the attributes of a Believer, in fact it is from the obligations of Tawheed. Having good opinion of Allah Most High is built upon your knowledge of His Mercy, His Pride, His Goodness, His Power, His Knowledge, His superiority of selection as well as your complete reliance upon Him. So if all of these conditions are fulfilled, good opinion of Allah will come to fruition in the heart.
For in the Qudsi Hadith, which was narrated by Abu Hurairah, Allah Most High says:
“I am as my slave thinks of me and I am with him whenever he remembers me.” (Agreed Upon).
In another hadeeth recorded by Muslim, Jaabir narrates that he heard the Prophet (saws) three days before his death as saying:
“Let none of you die without having a good opinion of Allah High and Mighty.”
Maybe it is these visions and sights of Muslim defeats and misery and agony from East to West that has brought these individuals to gain such a negative perception of Allah. Once one issue of misery or agony is resolved, another is ignited somewhere else to such a degree that they can no longer envision a resolution or an escape from such a routine.
They then forget the reasons and the causes of victory and triumph, and increase their awareness and their dread towards the so-called ever-increasing power and might of the enemy, fully forgetting the might and glory of Allah in return.
To those people we say: This is obviously a clear negative perception towards Allah, and they are perceptions that contradict the completeness of Allah, His Majesty, Glory, His Descriptions and Wisdom. For His Mercy, and Wisdom, and God-ship refuse from such a thing to occur. It also refuses that His people and His soldiers to be disgraced, and that constant victory and triumph to be for His polytheist enemies. He who perceives such things about Allah truly does not know the true powers of Allah, nor His Names, Attributes, and complete perfection.
If those people perceive that Allah will not give victory to his Laws and His religion, and that Allah has written defeat to be upon the Muslims forever, and that there is no breaking out of that, then why did Allah send down the Book? Why did He send down the Prophets? Why did he decree the Religion? Why did he make Islam more powerful and above all other religions? Why did he abrogate all other teachings and methods, all other religions and ways of life with the bringing of Islam if He never meant to give it victory?
That is why Allah says:
“If anyone thinks that Allah will not help Muhammad in this world and the hearafter, let them stretch out a rope to the ceiling and cut themselves off, then let them see whether their plan will remove that which enrages them.” [Al-Hajj: 15]
In other words, the scholars have explained this verse that whomever thinks that Allah will not give victory to Muhammad in this life and in the hereafter, then let them hang themselves from their ceilings if that is frustrating them. For sure Allah is going to give victory to His Prophet for sure, as He has said:
“We surely will give aid to our Prophets and those who believed in this world and on the day when the witnesses will stand forth. The Day when the oppressors’ excuses will be of no benefit to them, to them is the curse, and to them is the worst of dwellings.” [Ghaafir: 51-52]
Allah also says:
“And We have sent down Our words to Our slaves that We have sent, they are surely to be aided, and that Our soldiers are surely to be victorious.” [Assaafaat: 171-173]
And Allah also says:
“Those who oppose Allah and His Prophets, they will be in disgrace. Allah has written My Prophets and I will be victorious.” [Al-Mujaadalah: 20-21]
So, if the causes of victory have been achieved, then Allah will definitely give victory to those who have achieved it, but if they are defeated, they are only defeated due to them, failing to achieve the causes of victory.
This nation learns and is taught by what Allah decrees upon it, and the Prophet has taught us from his Sunnah how he aids his Lord and his Lord aids him.
Allah has said:
“Oh you who believe, if you give aid to Allah, Allah will aid you and strengthen your foothold.” [Muhammad: 7]
He also said:
“If Allah was to give you aid, there will be no victor over you, but if He was to not, then who will ever give you aid after Him? On Allah let the believers rely.” [Aal-Imraan:160]
Allah does that which He wishes to do, and He has written down destiny and what He decrees before He created the heaves and the earth by 50,000 years. Therefore, whatever happens on this planet is written with Him. Allah knows and you know not.
Some Muslims might think something is evil when it could be good, that is because of the shortness of their vision and inability to see the unseen.
“And Allah was never to allow you to see the unseen.” [Aal-Imraan: 179]
And He Most High said:
“Do not think it is bad for you; rather, it is beneficial for you.” [An-Noor: 11]
All of this falls back onto the greatest basis:
“Allah will not change the condition of a nation until they change what is within themselves.”
For this, we surely have to be confident in Allah, and that Allah's power is with Him, and nothing happens without His authority, and nothing occurs except according to His plans and way, and Muslims should be more optimistic of their lord. They should be in constant dependency on Him, always seeking his support and aid.
Muslims of other eras, especially eras of weakness, such as our one today, should always be armed with trust and dependency on Allah. Always seeking His aid and support, and that He will aid those who aid Him. If a slave was to seek refuge in Allah, then they surely have sought an awesome stronghold.
Yes, my brethren, a Muslim these days needs a lot of trust in Allah, and renewal of their faith in Him, and great dependency on Him. They should also definitely know, believe, and understand that Allah is capable of anything, and that all issues return back to Allah and to no one else.
Allah has said:
“And to Allah the issues return.” [al-Baqarah: 210]
“The earth belongs to Allah and He will allow whomever He wills to inherit it.” [Al-A’raaf: 128]
And that He is:
“Severe in punishment.” [Ar-Ra’d: 13]
And that to Allah belongs:
“The soldiers of the heavens and the earth.” [Al-Fath: 7]
“He is Allah the One, the full controller.” [Az-Zumar: 4]
"He is the One of great power, the strong.” [Athaariyaat: 58]
And that He is The Possessor of the Kingdom:
“You give the kingdom to whom You will, and You take the kingdom from whom You will, and You endue with honour whom You will, and You humiliate whom You will. In Your Hand is the good. Verily, You are Able to do all things.” [3: 26]
And He exalted and High is the One Who may benefit and the One that may harm. Allah says:
“And if Allah touches you with harm, none can remove it but He, and if He touches you with good, then He is Able to do all things” [6: 17]
This is why when the enemy of Allah attacked the Prophet , Allah destroyed all there plotting. He said:
“They were plotting and Allah too was planning, and Allah is the Best of the planners” [8: 30]
Make a lot of dhikr of Allah, and keep good companionship, spend time in the Houses of Allah, and sit at the foot of the scholars. Be very careful not to fall into depression, as this may be the means the Shaitan uses for your misguidance. Never forget what Allah says in the Quran:
"Oh my servants who have wronged themselves, never despair from the Mercy of Allah, indeed Allah forgives all sins, Indeed he is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful."
And Allah knows best.