In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful
Tafseer Surah Aal-Imran Ayaat 8 – 9
The previous ayah mentioned those well-grounded in knowledge who in spite of their excellent knowledge were not proud of their excellence. Instead, they elected to have faith in what comes from their Lord. The present ayaat mention other excellence of theirs – they pray for steadfastness on the Right Path, not for any worldly gains, but for salvation in the life-to-come.
Ayah 8 shows us that guidance and straying are from Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala. When He intends to guide someone, He makes his heart tilt towards what is good and right; and when He decides to let someone go astray, He turns his heart away from the straight path.
We learn from a hadeeth that the Prophet salAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said: There is no heart which is not in between Allah’s Fingers – He makes it firm on the truth as long as He wills, and turns it away from the truth when He wills.
He is Allah – Absolute in power. He does what He wills. Therefore, those who are concerned about how to remain firm in their faith, they go to the Source – requesting and praying for steadfastness.
These knowledgeable and humble servants of Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala make du’a to keep their hearts clean. They say,
Their acquiring knowledge does not make them arrogant or complacent. They still find themselves at risk, therefore, they ask Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala to protect their hearts from deviation after He has guided them to the Right Path. And to not make them like those who have wickedness in their hearts and they chase the Mutashabih. Do we make such du’as for ourselves? This du’a should be memorized and recited by everyone, especially the students of knowledge.
Knowledge should make us humble. We should not consider ourselves free from errors or protected from deviation. The more a person learns the more he is under Shaytan’s watch. Therefore, we need to be extra vigilant and seek protection with Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala. There will be challenges and traps, but we have to keep our eyes on the end goal – the pleasure of Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala and an eternal life of bliss, in sha Allah.
The Rahmah in the du’a has been explained as mercy as well as firmness and certainty in religion after which no deviation occurs. Truly, this is a great mercy of Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala to protect His servants against deviation. How else can we remain safe when Shaytan is always ready to make us slip?
The Prophet salAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam used to ask Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala to protect his heart from deviation. He would say:
Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala is Al-Wahhab [the Bestower]. Wahhab is from the root wau-ha-ba and it means “to give something without expecting anything in return.” This is a trait that only Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala possesses. All of us, when we give someone a present we are expecting something in return. It could be material thing that we are seeking or someone’s love and nearness. Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala gives without expecting anything in return. We cannot give anything to Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala except servitude and gratitude.
They acknowledge that Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala will gather all mankind on the Day of Judgment and decide over the matters that they dispute about today.
We ask Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala for afia, aameen.
-We are living in the times of Fitnah [corruption and mischief], you try coming closer to the Deen and people closer to you stop you. People say that religion is irrelevant. The teachings in the Qur’an (or any other religious scripture) do not apply to us. They were for the people of a certain era.
-When you sit with the people, they leave you confused. Do this, don’t do that – a person does not know for sure what is right and what is wrong. So what should one do understand such circumstances? Seek help from Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala. Ask the Controller of the Hearts do not let you deviate or get lost.
-The ayaat teach us that we should not our blessings for granted. Being born in a Muslim family or being guided to Islam is a special blessing of Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala. We must honor this gift by expressing our gratitude and asking Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala for firmness and understanding in Deen.
-Through this du’a we seek mercy in this world and the next. Mercy in this world is being firm on the Straight Path and the mercy in the next world would be being granted Jannat ul Firdous. May Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala make us firm in our Deen till our last breath and protect us from the Fitaan that surround us, ameen.
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رَبَّنَا تَقَبَّلْ مِنَّا ۖ إِنَّكَ أَنتَ السَّمِيعُ الْعَلِيم
“Our Lord, accept [this] from us. Indeed You are the All-Hearing, the All-Knowing.” [Al-Baqarah 2: 127]