We Need God,
God Doesn’t Need Us.
If We Reject Him,
He Will Reject Us.
He offered us a win/win deal,
An all-profit and no-loss trade!
Lessons From Surah al-Fatir
(The Originator, The Initiator)
(M. Javed Naseem)
|(Arabic caligraphy: La ilaha illa-Allah - There's no god but Allah.)|
Most of the chapters (Surahs) of the Holy Quran are not confined to one particular subject. They are rather multi-subject narrations. This way, if a non-Muslim (stranger to the Quran) gets hold of a chapter, he can benefit from the narrations that cover a range of subjects.
Surah al-Fatir is the 35th chapter among the 114 chapters of the Quran. The Arabic word ‘Fatir’ means the Originator, the Initiator. And that refers to the Supreme Creator – Allah!
He Is The One. Acknowledge Him!
Allah created everything – everything meaning the things we have seen and the things we have not seen or even cannot see. As His creation, it is only logical that we glorify His name as everything in the universe does it.
“Praise be to Allah, Who created (out of nothing)
the heavens and the earth, Who made the angels,
messengers with wings - two, or three, or four
(pairs). He adds to Creation as He pleases,
for Allah has power over all things.”
He reminds us that there is no power besides Him who can run the affairs of this universe and sustain all creation.
“It is Allah Who sustains the heavens and
the earth, lest they cease (to function); and
if they should fail, there is none - not one –
who can sustain them thereafter. Verily
He is Most Forbearing, Oft-Forgiving.”
Be Grateful For His Blessings!
If we realistically look at ourselves, we would immediately know that we survive with His mercy and blessings only. He is our sole-Provider. Therefore, He merits all praise and glory. We are His humble servants.
“O mankind! Call to mind the grace of Allah
unto you! Is there a creator, other than Allah,
to give you sustenance from heaven or earth?
There is no god but He. How then are you
deluded away from the Truth?”
His Promise Is True!
We better believe Him when He tells that our life on this world is like an illusion. The real life is in the Hereafter and we should be striving for that. The only person that hinders our path is the Satan (Devil).
“O mankind! Certainly the promise of Allah
is true. Let not then this present life deceive
you, nor let the Chief Deceiver deceive you
Satan Is Our Enemy!
Satan (the Devil) became the enemy of mankind since the day God created Adam. For his disobedience, God destined Satan to Hell but was given respite till the Day of Judgment. Until then, he is trying his best to prove his point that it is not only him who disobeyed God but man is also disobedient to God. And we all know how far he is right!
“Verily Satan is an enemy to you, so treat
him as an enemy! He only invites his adherents,
that they may become Companions of the
Don’t Deny Him!
He is the Creator, the Cherisher, the Sustainer, the Provider, the Beneficent and the Merciful. So, pay Him His due! If you reject or deny Him, you will be rejected and denied!
“For those who reject Allah, there is a terrible
Penalty but for those who believe and work
righteous deeds, is forgiveness, and a
Don’t Plot Evil For Others!
He is the Most Merciful and He loves that His Creation (Humans) are merciful to each other too. He likes piety and righteousness and He rewards for that generously. But if one tries to hurt fellow human beings, he will be punished.
“Whoever seeks glory and power (should know)
that to Allah belongs all glory and power. To Him
mount up (all) good words. It is He Who exalts
each deed of righteousness. Those who lay plots
of Evil, for them is a Penalty terrible; and the
plotting of such will be void (of result).”
You Are Dust, So Be Humble!
Always remember what you are and who you are! You were created from dust and to dust will you go back. Be humble and treat others nicely!
“And Allah did create you from dust; then from
a sperm-drop; then He made you in pairs. And
no female conceives, or lays down (her load),
but with His knowledge. Nor is a man long-lived
granted length of days, nor is a part cut off from
his life, but is in a Decree (ordained).
All this is easy to Allah.”
Glorify The Supreme Creator!
You know that He is the Supreme Creator but you really don’t know how much and what else, apart from your own world, He has created. Travel to see His creation!
“Nor are the two bodies of flowing water
alike - the one palatable, sweet, and pleasant
to drink, and the other, salt and bitter. Yet from
each (kind of water) do you eat flesh fresh and
tender, and you extract ornaments to wear; and
you see the ships therein that plough the waves,
that you may seek (thus) of the Bounty of Allah
that you may be grateful.”
You Need Allah, He’s Free of Needs!
He is the King of the Kings and we are the beggars, no matter how much we accumulate. We always need Him because He is our Sustainer and Provider.
“O people! It is you that have need of Allah
but Allah is the One Free of all wants,
worthy of all praise. If He so pleased, He
could blot you out and bring in a new creation.
Nor is that (at all) difficult for Allah.”
Call On The Ever-Living!
The Dead Can’t Hear You!
Need help? Call on Him, any time, any day, anywhere! Ask Him and not his creation, especially the dead saints! A dead man can’t help the living!
“Nor are alike those that are living and
those that are dead. Allah can make any
that He wills to hear; but you cannot make
those to hear who are (buried) in graves.”
Rejection Merits Punishment!
Allah sent His Message to the mankind through Messengers and Prophets. Many people, in every age and era, rejected those Messengers and Prophets and denied His clear signs. Such deniers and rejecters merit punishment.
“And if they reject you, so did their
predecessors, to whom came their
messengers with clear signs, Books of
dark prophecies, and the Book of
Enlightenment. In the end did I punish
those who rejected Faith; and how
(terrible) was My rejection (of them)!”
The Key To Success!
You want success in this world and in the Hereafter, then here’s what Allah tells you to do.
“Those who rehearse the Book of Allah,
establish regular prayer, and spend (in
charity) out of what We have provided
for them, secretly and openly, hope for
a commerce that will never fail. For He
will pay them their wages, nay, He will
will pay them their wages, nay, He will
give them (even) more out of His Bounty,
for He is Oft-Forgiving, Most Ready
to appreciate (service).”
Hellfire For The Ungrateful.
If you don’t appreciate what Allah gave you in this world, you are ungrateful. Allah does not like ungrateful people because they deny His blessings and favors. And that’s rejection! A severe punishment awaits those who reject signs of Allah.
“But those who reject (Allah), for them
will be the Fire of Hell. No term shall be
determined for them, so they should die,
nor shall its Penalty be lightened for them.
Thus do We reward every ungrateful one!”
“Therein will they cry aloud (for help): Our
“Therein will they cry aloud (for help): Our
Lord! Bring us out! We shall work righteousness,
not the (deeds) we used to do! "Did We not give
you long enough life so that he that would,
should receive admonition? And (moreover) the
Warner came to you. So taste (the fruits of your
deeds), for the wrong-doers there is no helper."
Allah’s Way: Good Is Rewarded With Good,
Evil With Evil.
Good is rewarded with good and evil is punished. That’s the law of Allah and He never changed it. Be afraid of Him if you commit evil.
“They showed their arrogance in the land
and their plotting of Evil, but the plotting
of Evil backfires on those only who make it.
Now are they but looking for the way the
ancients were dealt with? But no change
will you find in Allah's way (of dealing);
no turning off will you find in Allah's
way (of dealing).”
|(There were nations that carved houses in the mountains)|
Travel And Learn From Ruins!
Travel is education! You get the first-hand experience and knowledge of things that have been mentioned in the Scriptures. Go places and learn from the ruins!
|(Petra of Jordan - Nations of Aad and Thamoud lived there)|
“Do they not travel through the earth, and see
what was the end of those before them, though
they were superior to them in strength? Nor is
Allah to be frustrated by anything whatever in
the heavens or on earth, for He is All-Knowing,
The Merciful Always Gives You A Break! Another Chance!
At the end of the day, it’s you in front of Him! Be prepared for that. He knows that you always falter. But He reminds you that never despair His mercy! If you regret and repent, He will forgive you. He’ll give you a break. He always gives you a second chance because He is the infinite Mercy!
“If Allah were to punish people according to
what they deserve, He would not leave on the
face of the (earth) a single living creature But
He gives them respite for a stated Term.
When their Term expires, verily Allah
has in His sight all His Servants.”