He is the Avenger Who breaks up all manifestations of excess, and Who is strong in punishing rebellion after rebuke and warning. So be in the station of the fear of Allah, and know that from those who fear Him is the proof that His Fear is the root of all goodness.
From: The Children Around the Table of Allah by Shaykh Muhammad Sa’id al-Jamal ar-Rifa’i Head of the Higher Sufi Council in Jerusalem and the Holy Land Teacher at the Dome of the Rock (al-Aqsa)
Allah is the Great Avenger. Allah punishes those who persist in revolting, raving in their unconsciousness and egotism, creating disharmony, tyrannizing Allah’s servants and His creation. These are the ones who are faithless and attribute partners to Allah.
He gives them time and occasions to realize and repent for their wrongdoing. He warns them with repeated warnings. He accepts their excuses; He delays their punishment. In forgiving the faithless, in delaying their punishment, His eventual revenge becomes more terrible for the persistent sinner has had further chances to sin, thus making himself deserving of severer punishment. Those who become the servants of their egos instead of becoming Allah’s servants risk a terrible fall when they feel they are not punished for what they are doing. They are spoiled by Allah’s mercy, soaring higher and higher in their arrogance. Suddenly, one day, Allah brings them down. The fall becomes greater from such heights. Many tyrants were brought to great heights before they were smashed. Allah makes those upon whom He takes vengeance a lesson to those whom He wishes to save.
People who know how to take revenge upon the enemies of Allah, the greatest being their own egos, reflect Allah’s attribute, al-Muntaqim. Hadrat bayazid al-Bistami says, “One night I felt too tired and lazy to perform some of my devotions. I punished myself by not drinking water for a whole year.”
‘Abd al-Muntaqim is he whose vengeance upon the enemies of Allah is terrible, and who is most vengeful toward his own ego, which is his greatest enemy.
If a faithful person is tyrannized by an enemy of Allah who deserves punishment, reciting ya Muntaqimu ua Qahhar 1000 times a day will remove the tyrant’s power.
From: The Name & the Named by Shaykh Tosun Bayrak al-Jerrahi al-Halveti