Surah Zumar: Aayaat 64-67

أعوذ بالله من الشيطان الرجيم

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Qul afaghayra Allahi tamuroonnee aAAbudu ayyuha aljahiloona

Say (O Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم to the polytheists): “Do you order me to worship other than Allah? O you fools!”

Walaqad oohiya ilayka waila allatheena min qablika lain ashrakta layahbatanna AAamaluka walatakoonanna mina alkhasireena

And indeed it has been revealed to you (O Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم), as it was to those (Allah’s Messengers) before you: “If you join others in worship with Allah, (then) surely (all) your deeds will be in vain, and you will certainly be among the losers.”

Bali Allaha faoAAbud wakun mina alshshakireena

Nay! But worship Allah (Alone and none else), and be among the grateful.

Wama qadaroo Allaha haqqa qadrihi waalardu jameeAAan qabdatuhu yawma alqiyamati waalssamawatu matwiyyatun biyameenihi subhanahu wataAAala AAamma yushrikoona

They made not a just estimate of Allah such as is due to Him. And on the Day of Resurrection the whole of the earth will be grasped by His Hand and the heavens will be rolled up in His Right Hand. Glorified be He, and High be He above all that they associate as partners with Him!

Prophet ﷺ never took revenge for his own self; he was not harsh with people. But when it comes to the matter of deen, the beloved Prophet ﷺ was commanded by Allah ﷻ in many instances to say to the disbelievers as, “O disbelievers”, “O ignorant fools”. Prophet ﷺ was not harsh with the people but when it comes to deen, sometimes his blessed face would turn red out of anger and for sake of deen, he even behaved strict and this is called hikmat (wisdom) and in Quran, it says, “Call towards Allah ﷻ with hikmat”. That father is ignorant who always behaved softly with his kid and the child gets spoilt. That father is hakeem (wise) who behaves soft when he has to behave soft and harsh when he has to behave harsh. The hikmat is to behave harshly when it needs to be behaved harsh and softly when it needs to be behaved soft. The father is clearly ignorant when he sees that the child is getting spoilt because of his soft attitude but still he behaves very soft. He doesn’t have wisdom even a little. Hikmat is to know when to give and when not to give; when to feed the child politely and when to act harsh for he is doing for the betterment of his deen and he understands that.

Did Allah ﷻ give more wisdom to anyone than His beloved Prophet ﷺ for he is the wisest of this ummah, the best doctor of this ummat and the most beneficent of this ummat. When Allah ﷻ gives someone hikmat, it is the greatest wealth. waman yuta alhikmata faqad ootiya khayran katheeran- he, to whom Hikmah is granted, is indeed granted abundant good (Al-Quran:2-269). Hikmat is to know how to talk according to the situation so the person understands. Here Allah ﷻ is saying, “O Nabi, tell these jaahils (ignorant fools)” and this is a harsh sentence. “And tell them that I can’t worship other than Allah.” Allah ﷻ has ascended this towards us and all His Prophets that, “even if you did commit shirk, your good deeds too will go in vain”. Shirk is such a balaa (misfortune) than no deed is spared by it. Shirk is such a great injustice. Shirk is not just that we ascribe partners to Allah ﷻ that there is not one Allah ﷻ but two or three Allah for only this is not called the shirk. Such a shirk was not that established norm in the world that there is someone like Allah ﷻ and this was only very rare. The norm that was seen more among the mushrikeen of the past and the present is to set partners to Allah ﷻ in His ﷻ attributes or to set partners in those form of worship which is very peculiar to Allah ﷻ like qayam (standing), ruku (bowing), sujud (prostrating), niyaaz (offering), tawaaf (circumambulation) of Allah’s ﷻ house. That is why we say, “At-tahiyatu lillahi wassalawatu wat-taiyyabatu” All reverence, all worship be it physical worship or material or with those of words is due to Allah and all sanctity is due to Allah. Every act of worship that comes from our body belongs to Allah ﷻ, every act of worship that comes from the tongue belongs to Allah ﷻ carrying the praise of Allah ﷻ and all sort of maali worship belongs purely to Allah ﷻ. So this was the shirk widely existed in this world.

Wherever in the Quran, the shirk was condemned, there was mention of the praises of Allah ﷻ. When Allah ﷻ is praise worthy, then who is there who can be a partner to Him ﷻ. That is why Allah ﷻ says Wama qadaroo Allaha haqqa qadrihi waalardu- They made not a just estimate of Allah such as is due to Him. Alas that they did not recognize Allah ﷻ as He ﷻ should be recognized. If they had acquaintance with Allah ﷻ, they wouldn’t have associated partners with Him ﷻ. Allah ﷻ has such a Greatness, Glory and Attributes. It is a regret that they didn’t recognize Allah ﷻ. The mushrik gets immersed in the shirk because of two things: 1) He doesn’t recognize Allah ﷻ. 2) The mushrik’s psychology is that to please Allah ﷻ, he should change his whole lifestyle while he can get away with few things in the state of shirk, with few utensils and by wrapping few sheets. So this is the psychology of a mushrik that either he doesn’t know Allah ﷻ or he has to change his life to please Allah ﷻ. While things are very easy here like give some offering, do some slaughtering at the grave and work will be done. That is why even today none acts on the Sunnah of Prophet ﷺ.

He can read the wazeefah of amils but he won’t act on the Sunnah of ﷺ. If has to stand on one leg and read the wazeefahs of amils, he will do it; he will dissolve saffron (Kaiser, zafraan) and can keep drinking it but he won’t remove TV from his house which brings in adversity because of it’s music. He won’t remove the dirty magazines from his house because of which the angels of mercy do not come. There won’t be any end of backbiting in the house because of which the mercy of Allah ﷻ is lifted up, the fajr salahs become qaza because of which the mercy of Allah ﷻ does not turn towards him. He won’t leave these sins but he will keep reading wazeefahs moving from one amil to the other. Today the muslim doesn’t want to leave sins but the can do wazeefahs and a mushrik doesn’t want to give up shirk because he is either not acquainted with Allah ﷻ or that he has to give up his style of life for Allah ﷻ .

It is easy to convince Allah ﷻ than convincing one’s mother who is upset with him. It is just that he has to regret and repent for his sins. Rabb doesn’t even taunt that only now you have come to Me after these many years. Rabb says, “O My slave, there is only delay of you in coming to me but there is no delay of Me to forgive you.” He is such a Kareem (generous) is a kareem dhaata (Lord) and that is why when He ﷻ mentioned about His ﷻ tarruf (recognition), He ﷻ said, “Bismillah, Arrahman, Arraheem”. Allah is the name of Allah and then He ﷻ says Arrahman, the most merciful in such a soft tone so His ﷻ slaves don’t become despair of His ﷻ mercy losing all hope. Surah Fatiha was started with Alhamdulillahi Rabbil Alameen and then comes again as Arrahman, Arraheem so His ﷻ slaves don’t lose hope.  I am the most beneficent and the most merciful. Allah ﷻ mentions with such love and passion so His ﷻ slaves don’t leave His ﷻ abode and go somewhere else.

So it is just that one doesn’t recognize Allah ﷻ when His ﷻ greatness is such that the entire world is in His ﷻ grasp and the heavens will be rolled up in His right hand on that Day. He ﷻ is glorified and pure from what they associate with Him ﷻ. All praise to Allah ﷻ, the Lord of the heavens and the earth and let Allah ﷻ send His blessings on His beloved Prophet ﷺ, His family and His honorable companions. All praise and thanks are to Allah ﷻ and glory is to Him ﷻ. Let Allah forgive us all. Amin, Amin, thumma Amin.

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