Wednesday 8 November 2023

Do not you know that none apart from Allah is your protector or helper?

True belief in Allah is one of the most difficult things to achieve. Although, many, including Muslims, believe that Allah is the Creator of the universe and thus it is only He who can help and protect us from any calamity or bad time, yet our faith wavers much too often. It is often seen that when a believer is in distress, while invoking the mercy of Allah, he also seeks help from worldly gods. This is something that is least liked by Allah for He had commanded His servants at many places in the Qur'an that one must seek His help when so needed for none but He is our protector and helper.

Please read the following verse, the 107th verse of Surah 2. Al Baqarah (The Cow) which is based on the same theme as of the premise:

اَلَمۡ تَعۡلَمۡ اَنَّ اللّٰهَ لَهٗ مُلۡكُ السَّمٰوٰتِ وَالۡاَرۡضِ​ؕ وَمَا لَـکُمۡ مِّنۡ دُوۡنِ اللّٰهِ مِنۡ وَّلِىٍّ وَّلَا نَصِيۡرٍ‏ 
(2:107) Are you not aware that the dominion of the heavens and the earth belongs to Allah, and that none apart from Allah is your protector or helper?

This verse is most often not read out by the interpreters and religious men so as to keep their hold on the people around them and fleece money in the name of Allah. In many countries of Asia, believers, with weak faith still cling to culture of non-Muslims and rely on giving alms and charity in the name of some saint which is strictly against the teachings of Islam. Anything which is to be sacrificed or given out in charity has to be done only in the name of Allah and no other worldly deity.

Many Muslims are seen observing the charities on 11th of the month, or the arranging feasts on 40th day of the death of near or dear one, or even hanging charms to ward off evil in their shops or houses. All these accts are inherited from the pagans of Araba of the pre-Islamic era or from non-Muslims, especially Hindus of Indian sub-continent. This happens when belief in Allah is weak and one depends more on worldly gods. A lot of people go to the extreme of visiting the graves of the saints and beg them to pray for them. Imagine how a dead being can be of any help when his own record in the world has been sealed. This is the extreme of SHIRK, an unforgiveable acct by Allah for asking someone other than He to fulfill their needs. 

Let us purify ourselves from all such acts that were shunned by Prophet Muhammad when he proclaimed victory over the pagans and non-Muslims of Arabia and believers were asked not to follow the culture and traditions of their previous faith. From thenceforth, they were to take Allah, and no one else, as their guardian, helper and protector. Anyone who is still indulged in activities of the pagan Arab era or the Hindu culture, his faith is seriously at risk.
May Allāh (سبحانه و تعالى‎) help us understand Qur'ān and follow the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ, which is embodiment of commandments of Allah contained in the Qur'ān. May Allah help us to be like the ones He loves and let our lives be lived helping others and not making others' lives miserable or unlivable. May all our wrong doings, whether intentional or unintentional, be forgiven before the angel of death knocks on our door. 
وَمَا عَلَيۡنَاۤ اِلَّا الۡبَلٰغُ الۡمُبِيۡنُ‏ 
(36:17) and our duty is no more than to clearly convey the Message.”
That is Our duty is only to convey to you the message that Allah has entrusted us with. Then it is for you to accept it or reject it. We have not been made responsible for making you accept it forcibly, and if you do not accept it, we shall not be seized in consequence of your disbelief, you will yourselves be answerable for your actions on Day of Resurrection.

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. It will also help the Muslims to have grasp over social issues and their answers discussed in the Qur'an and other matter related to inter faith so that they are able to discuss issues with non-Muslims with authority based on refences from Qur'an.

May Allah forgive me if my posts ever imply a piety far greater than I possess. I am most in need of guidance.

Note: When we mention God in our posts, we mean One True God, we call Allah in Islam, with no associates. Allah is the Sole Creator of all things, and that Allah is all-powerful and all-knowing. Allah has no offspring, no race, no gender, no body, and is unaffected by the characteristics of human life.

You may refer to our reference page: Faith in Allah to read more directives on the subject.

For more Selected Verses, please refer to our reference page: Selected Verses from the Qur'anYou may also refer to our Reference Pages  and Understanding Al Qur'an for knowing more about Islam and Qur'ān.
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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 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.  
In order to augment and add more explanation as already provided, additional input has been interjected from the following sources: 
  • Tafsir Ibn Khatir
  • Muhammad Asad Translation
  • Yusuf Ali Translation
  • Translation Javed Ahmad Ghamidi / Al Mawrid
  • Qur'an Wiki
  • Verse by Verse Qur'an Study Circle
  • Towards Understanding the Quran
In addition, 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.

Disclaimer: The material for this post has been collected from the references given above. If anyone differs with the material contained in this post, one may consult the references and their authors.  If someone has more material about the subject, he/she is most welcome to share in the comments box to make the post all encompassing.

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