Monday 25 November 2019

Selected Verses from Quran: All Prayers to be Addressed to Allah Alone - No One Else

Qur'an lays down clear instructions at many a places that it is Allah Alone, and No One Else to whom all prayers should be addressed for it is He alone Who can redress grievances of man and grant them happiness when in distress. And a true believer must have firm faith in this for unless he believes firmly in the Divine Wisdom and Commandments, he can never be assured of his prayers being addressed positively.

In many countries, specially India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, where the hold of Hindus was so strong that when Islam reached this part of the world, a section of reverted Muslims still remain chained to Hindu traditions of calling on the saints and pious men so that they should pray to Allah on their behalf. This is exactly what Allah has forbade Muslims and to stay clear of all such deities and strictly refrain from addressing Him through them. Allah listens to everyone who has faith in Him and delays do not upset them. And even if some of the prayers remain unanswered they should have firm belief that whatever has not be given to them, was not intended for them, and something better will be forthcoming.

Allah tells the believers in verse 14 of Surah 13. Sr Ra'ad:

لَهٗ دَعۡوَةُ الۡحَـقِّ​ؕ وَالَّذِيۡنَ يَدۡعُوۡنَ مِنۡ دُوۡنِهٖ لَا يَسۡتَجِيۡبُوۡنَ لَهُمۡ بِشَىۡءٍ اِلَّا كَبَاسِطِ كَفَّيۡهِ اِلَى الۡمَآءِ لِيَبۡلُغَ فَاهُ وَمَا هُوَ بِبَالِـغِهٖ​ؕ وَمَا دُعَآءُ الۡكٰفِرِيۡنَ اِلَّا فِىۡ ضَلٰلٍ‏ 

“To Him alone should all prayer be addressed, for those to whom they do address their prayers beside Him are altogether powerless to respond to them. The example of praying to any other than Allah is that of a man who stretches out his hands to water, asking it to reach his mouth, although water has no power to reach his mouth. The prayers of the unbelievers are a sheer waste." [Surah 13. Ar-Ra'd: 14]

“For Him is the supplication of truth,” for Allah alone has the power and the authority to give help and remove difficulties.

Haqq=truth; right; what is due, befitting, proper. All these meanings are to be understood here. If we worship anything other than Allah (whether it is idols, stars, powers of nature, spirits, or deified men, or Self, or Power, or Wealth, Science or Art, Talent or Intellect), our worship is both foolish and futile.

Without Faith, it is obvious that prayer or worship has no meaning whatever. It is but an aberration of the mind. But there is a deeper meaning. You may have false faith, as in superstitions or in worshiping things other than Allah, as explained in the last note. In that case, too, you are pursuing mere phantoms of the mind. When you come to examine it, it is mere imbecility or futility. Worship and prayer are justified only to Allah, the One True God.
May Allah help us understand Qur'an and help us to act upon the commandments of Allah contained therein. Aameen.

For more Selected Verses, please refer to our reference page: Selected Verses from the Qur'an

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Reading the Holy Quran should be a daily obligation of a Muslim - Reading it with translation will make it meaningful. But reading its Exegesis / Tafsir will make you understand it fully.

An effort has been made to gather explanation / exegesis of the Sūrahs of the Holy Qur'an from authentic sources and then present a least possible condensed explanation of the surah. In that:
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