Saturday 22 May 2021

None but Allah can avert it

I am sharing the 58th verse of Surah 53. An Najm today for a special reason. A few days back, a brother believer posted a comment on Facebook that so and so place always averts a disaster because besides Allah, there are revered Muslim scholars are buried there and it is because of their presence that diesters are averted from that city.

This notion in fact is the display of weak faith that knowing fully well that Allah alone is the preventer of all calamities and if He so desires He can avert a disaster from a particular place or a location and devastate another people and place. For He knows how to maintain checks and balances. Read the following verse and then its explanation, for it should be enough for believers of weak faith who still need protection from worldly deities even when they are dead:

لَيۡسَ لَهَا مِنۡ دُوۡنِ اللّٰهِ كَاشِفَةٌ ؕ‏ 
(53:58) and none but Allah can avert it.

Although this verse was revealed about the Hour of Judgment that when it does arrive, you will not be able to stop it, nor your deities other than Allah have the power to avert it. Allah alone can stop it but He will not. Yet it has many a lesson for us from our daily lives.

Remember when Prophet Yunus (Jonah, peace be upon him) fell into the rough sea and it was Allah Who saved him when he was swallowed by a big fish and remained inside her belly for God knows how many days - only to be gulped out unhurt on the seashore.

When the sea gets rough and a lonely ship is battling the ferocious sea waves, who saves us from the impending catastrophe: None but Allah for He alone can tame the waves for us if He so wanted. No one besides Allah can prevent a disaster from coming, nor does anyone know when it will come, except Him. 

But at the same time, when Allah decides to punish a people, then no one else but He can avert His disaster. Look around the ruins of once greatest empires where now only billowing whistling winds have their abode. The mighty people of Ad and Thamud are no more except the ruins of their mighty structures that could not save them from the wrath of Allah.
And if Allah were to punish men for that which they earned, He would not leave a moving (living) creature on the surface of the earth, but He gives them respite to an appointed term, and when their term comes, then verily, Allah is Ever All Seer of His slaves. (Fatir 35:45)
So believe in Allah with unswerving faith that He alone can help us and save us - no worldly deities can come forward and save us when Allah decides to punish a people. Let us be always thankful to Allah for He saves us from many misfortune which we not know. May Allah help us understand Qur'ān and help us to act upon the commandments of Allah contained therein. Aameen.

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Reading the Qur'ān 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 surahs of the Qur'ān from authentic sources and then present a least possible condensed explanation of the surah. In that:
  • The plain translation has been taken from the Qur'ān officially published by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. [1]
  • The exegesis of the chapters of the Quran is mainly based on the "Tafhim al-Qur'an - The Meaning of the Qur'an" by one of the most enlightened scholars of the Muslim World Sayyid Abul Ala Maududi. [2]  
In order to augment and add more explanation as already provided by [2], additional input has been interjected from following sources: 
  • Towards Understanding the Quran
  • Tafsir Ibn Khatir
  • Muhammad Asad Translation
  • Javed Ahmad Ghamidi / Al Mawrid
  • Al-Quran, Yusuf Ali Translation
  • Verse by Verse Qur'an Study Circle
In addition the references of  other sources which have been explored have also been given above. Those desirous of detailed explanations and tafsir (exegesis), may refer to these sites.

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