Allah’s (subhanahu wa ta’ala) assurance of His Mercy upon His Slaves
While Shaytan conspires for our downfall, what does Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) assure us of? “Declare (O Muhammad ﷺ) unto My slaves, that truly, I am the Oft-Forgiving, the Most-Merciful.” (Al-Hijr 15:49)
Reading this ayah what should we say? We should hasten to make the Dua: O Allah! Forgive me and have mercy on me. Grant me peace in this world and the next. Ameen. Again, this is not a license to continue sinning.
We live in times, where mosque which is free to enter, but is empty; while clubs which cost several thousands to enter, but are packed. This is why the ayah right after the previous one warns us, “And that My Torment is indeed the most painful torment.” (Al-Hijr 15:50) Thus, we must not indulge in acts that can lead to His painful punishment.
Islam is protected by Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) Alone
Next, we learn about a miracle that was given to Muhammad ﷺ, “Truly! We will suffice you against the scoffers.” (Al-Hijr 15:95) Each time the scoffers mocked the Prophet ﷺ – they were either punished for the words they uttered, or they were guided because of that. How were they guided? Each time someone decides to damage Islam by drawing caricatures, more people become interested in Islam and embrace it. There were many people during the time of the Prophet ﷺ, who wanted to harm him; but within moments, they were testifying that Muhammad ﷺ is the Prophet of Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala). While such incidents of blasphemy hurt us, we must remember Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) is the In-Charge here, He will hold the perpetrators accountable.
The matter that requires our attention is that when a non-Muslim disrespects Islam, we come out on the streets, carry out protestations, burn vehicles, damage property and gather all the energy to endure heat and discomfort. But when the call to prayer is given in the mosque, we don’t budge. We are so far away from our own religion, why criticise the non-Muslims? Reverts are much better than some of the born Muslims.
May Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) guide us. Ameen.
Gain Awareness – Ignorance is not Bliss
In Surah An-Nahl, Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) warns us against jumping to conclusions, “And We sent not (as Our Messengers) before you (O Muhammad ﷺ) any but men, whom We inspired. So ask of those who know the Scripture, if you know not.” (An-Nahl 16:43) Here we learn the significance of being knowledgeable. People who acquire knowledge have a status above the ignorant ones.
Talking about ignorance, one of the practices in the days of ignorance was to bury the female child alive. “And when the news of (the birth of) a female (child) is brought to any of them, his face becomes dark, and he is filled with inward grief!” (An-Nahl 16:58)
Our Prophet ﷺ strove to banish this evil custom from the Arabian Peninsula; sadly however, it has crept into our societies today. Despite all the awareness, people still make faces when a daughter is born. Women are divorced for delivering a baby girl; even though they are not given a choice!
Our Journey – to this World and Back
There are times when one does not have anything. He is low in terms of his worldly status. Then Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) expands his provision and instead of being grateful, he becomes haughty. “Whatever is with you, will be exhausted, and whatever with Allah will remain. And those who are patient, We will certainly pay them a reward in proportion to the best of what they used to do.” (An-Nahl 16:96)
Presently, man misses his prayer for one more phone call, one more email, one more business transaction and one more task of the world. When he will enter Paradise, he will forget everything that he was given in the world. Jannah contains that which no eye has ever seen. It’s precious and free from filth. Man would look at his own wife and feel as if he is looking at her for the first time. No rancour or grudges. Let us not become arrogant for the blessings that Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) has gifted us. Rather, let us use those blessings for His cause. Give Him your wealth, your skills and your resources for a better return in the Hereafter.
Don’t Strive for more – the Day is Close
Let us not waste our time here because Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) says, “(Remember) the Day when every person will come up pleading for himself, and everyone will be paid in full for what he did and they will not be dealt with unjustly.” (An-Nahl 16:111)
The more things we possess, the more answerable we will be on that Day. It will be said, “Read your book. You yourself are sufficient as a reckoner against you this Day.” (Al-Isra 17:14).
Polite Invitation towards Deen
As Quran touches our hearts, it is equally important to speak to people in such a way that it has a positive effect on their hearts; especially when one is calling them towards Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala).
ادْعُ إِلَىٰ سَبِيلِ رَبِّكَ بِالْحِكْمَةِ وَالْمَوْعِظَةِ الْحَسَنَةِ ۖ وَجَادِلْهُم بِالَّتِي هِيَ أَحْسَنُ ۚ إِنَّ رَبَّكَ هُوَ أَعْلَمُ بِمَن ضَلَّ عَن سَبِيلِهِ ۖ وَهُوَ أَعْلَمُ بِالْمُهْتَدِينَ
“Invite to the Way of your Lord with wisdom and fair preaching, and argue with them in a way that is better. Truly, your Lord knows best who has gone astray from His Path, and He is the Best Aware of those who are guided.” (An-Nahl 16:125)
Use kind words and good speech to win hearts. Do not be harsh and condescending. The Prophet ﷺ won people over by his beautiful conduct and gentleness.