Monday 21 February 2022

Allah alone is the Deliverer - Yet you associate others with Allah in His Divinity

Shirk, associating someone other than Allah inn His Divinity, is one of the gravest and unpardonable sin. Yet people right from olden days till today try to find others besides Allah for deliverance and ease of their hardships and wordily wants. Despite all Divine Scriptures that strictly forbid man from committing this grave shirk, man continues to commit shirk with no fear of wrath from one true God, Who has no associates or likes of Him.

We have been sharing verses from Qur'an on shirk, and yet again we select a verse (64th verse from Surah 6. Al An'Am) to remind the man to open their eyes and seek forgiveness of the sin they have been committing. And the sad thing is that a large number of Muslims, specially from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh with weak faith in Allah waver in face of difficulties and seek help from their wordily gods.

The selected verse in fact is the continuation of the previous 63rd verse, which says  your calling upon Him in times of danger shows that in the depths of your hearts you feel His need; (1) God's Providence saves you, and yet you ungratefully run after false gods; (2) it is not only physical calamities that you have to fear; your mutual discords and vengeances are even more destructive, and only faith in God can save you from them.

قُلۡ مَنۡ يُّنَجِّيۡكُمۡ مِّنۡ ظُلُمٰتِ الۡبَرِّ وَالۡبَحۡرِ تَدۡعُوۡنَهٗ تَضَرُّعًا وَّخُفۡيَةً ۚ لَـئِنۡ اَنۡجٰٮنَا مِنۡ هٰذِهٖ لَـنَكُوۡنَنَّ مِنَ الشّٰكِرِيۡنَ‏  
(6:63) Ask them (O Muhammad!): 'Who is it that delivers you from dangers in the deep darknesses of the land and the sea, and to whom do you call in humility and in the secrecy of your hearts? To whom do you pray: "If He will but save us from this distress, we shall most certainly be among the thankful?"

And then Allah asks:
قُلِ اللّٰهُ يُنَجِّيۡكُمۡ مِّنۡهَا وَمِنۡ كُلِّ كَرۡبٍ ثُمَّ اَنۡـتُمۡ تُشۡرِكُوۡنَ‏  
(6:64) Say: "It is Allah alone Who delivers you from this and from every distress, and yet you associate others with Allah in His divinity."
That is, "You yourselves are a witness that Allah alone is All-Powerful: He alone has the sole authority and your prosperity and adversity wholly lie in His power and He alone is the maker of your destinies. That is why you turn to Him in your affliction, when you find that no other means of rescue has been left for you. In the face of this clear Sign, you have set up, without any reason or rhyme, others as partners in His Godhead. You live on His provisions but treat others as your providers: you get help from Him in your need, but set up others as your helpers and protectors: He rescues you from your distress, yet you regard others (besides Him) as your rescuers: it is He Whom you humbly invoke in your affliction, yet you take your offerings to others when he removes it. In short, you witness the proofs of His Godhead, day and night, yet you serve and bow down before others.

Qur'an Wiki:
God commands His Messenger to remind them of the truth: “Say: God alone saves you from these and from every distress.” There is no one to respond to them other than He, and no one else to remove their distress.
But the Prophet is also commanded to remind them of their singularly queer attitude: “Still, you associate partners with Him.” 
At times, it is sufficient to visualize danger and remember distress to soften people’s hearts and help them restrain their wild desires. People can then remember their feelings of weakness as they remember God’s grace when He alleviates their distress.

The above verse thus clearly mentions that it is only Allah Who can be your deliverer and no wordily god can ease your sufferings and difficulties no matter how pious they may be. And even if they pray for you, even then it would be Allah alone Who will be your ultimate helper. So believe in Him and do not associate anyone with Allah in His  Divinity.

You may listen to explanation of the verse by eminent Muslim scholar Nouman Ali Khan:
May Allah help us understand Qur'ān and help us to act upon the commandments of Allah contained therein. Aameen.

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  • Al-Quran, Yusuf Ali Translation
  • Verse by Verse Qur'an Study Circle
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