Quranic reflections: Divine supremacy: Third Para
By Dr Abdul Saboor
Third Para is the witness of the fact that Allah has established the dominance of the Holy Prophet (ﷺ) over other messengers without denying the due importance of any of them. Allah talked to some of them personally. Some were given importance to others due to some reasons better known to Allah. He does whatsoever He wants for His people. The believers are cautioned to give alms out of what He has granted. This is blessing of Allah on us if we become cause some good charity.
The beauty of this Para lies in “the leading verse of the Holy Quran” which narrates Allah’s grand primacy and metaphysical supremacy in heart catching ways. This longest verse of the Quran also serves as a magic formula for securing oneself from the secret attacks of Satan and its hidden victims. In fact, Ayat-ul_Kursi is the key to Paradise if we are habitual of reciting it after every prayer, installing it in our soul, head and heart and thus developing rational thinking on the basis of its subject matter.
The tenderness and openness of religion is reflected when Allah says that there is no compulsion in religion and its affairs. But those of us who have been enlightened are the one who have developed faith on God by setting aside all deities. They have actually gripped a strong rope which will never be broken. Allah himself leads them to the path of the Light – knowledge and wisdom. Satans may be the masters of disbelievers who direct its friends toward Darkness. We need to learn how Allah strengthened the Faith of Abraham (RA) through life and death of four birds.
Neither Satan itself nor its friends like that of Nimrood can let the sun rise in the West as it always rises in the East with the sweet will of Allah. The victory of Abraham (AS) symbolizes the power of Divine Wisdom. All the wisdom comes from Allah due to His sweet will. One who gets wisdom from Him is the real victorious. And only wise persons take lesson from advice. Allah has legalized the trade but not the interest. He minimizes the interest but enhances the wealth given in charity.
Our wealth (including insight and intuition) would certainly be multiplied if we spend it in the way of Allah quite happily. We need not to do it for the purpose of show-off if we want to win real and eternal compensation from Allah. We will neither face fear nor be sad. Allah is watching all of our deeds. Satan may alarm us for being poor of giving charity. But we should learn that the givers can never losers rather they are always gainers and winners. Moreover, we are guided to be soft spoken and forgiver as compared to offering that Sadaqa which is troubling.
Economic, financial and trade related lessons can also be drawn from this Para. Allah emphasizes on legal documentation of all socio-economic deeds and deals with the signature and stamp of witnesses; the respect of whom would be obligatory to all of us. There is tough test for mankind in holding the assets and ownership of material things including wealth of gold and silver. One must realize that paradise contains much more assets than that of worldly stuff. Interest on borrowed money has been strictly prohibited. This would like a war with Allah.
Faith on this Divine lesson is attributed to the fact that only Allah gives all sorts of employment and income – all livelihood. Only He has entire power on everything. Only He can convert night into day and day into night. Only He could give life to the dead and death to the living being. One who still charges interest on money is like a person who has been caught by the Satan and who has finally left him alone in a mess. Whenever Allah leaves a lesson for us; He also shows His magnificent power in various ways. This implicitly shows that the perfect lessons and solutions are available with Allah’s orders.
Unbelievable treasure is found in the last two verses enshrined in Surah Al-Baqarah gifted at the worthy occasion of Miraj. Allah does not give pain to a person beyond his tolerance level. Take home lesson is that the comprehension of Deen strengthens our faith on Allah and His mystic words. Deen is a continuously flowing process from the era of Adam to the Holy Prophet (ﷺ). We should humbly bow our head in reciting the words, ‘May Allah put not any burden on us; offer His blessings on us and provide us victory over the double crossing of disbelievers.
Al-Imran starts with some Divine Lessons and clear-cut instructions of what to do and what not to do. In the soul-land, Allah took oath from all souls of messengers to obey the Holy Prophet (ﷺ). The supernatural and metaphysical power of Allah can be seen in terms of creation of various flora and fauna. History witnessed unseasoned fruits and a sacred life of human without conventional biological process. Allah is enjoying infinity powers of doing whatsoever He desires. There is no strictness in religion. In the sight of Allah, it is total submission and with this submission comes light of guidance.
All love and respect lies with Allah. He offers respect whosoever He wants. He gives disregard whosoever, he likes. We are lucky to have Allah’s kindness if we make a little struggle and do a little of good action. As for instance, spending in His way is pretty sacred for Him. We may get multiples of reward of what we offer in charity and Sadaqa in the way of Allah. Certainly “sweet talk” is also a kind of charity. This is also a tremendous source of wiping out hatred and growing up love with one another. Let us practice morality with full spirit so as to win Allah’s pleasure. His happiness is everything for us.
If we really love God we should follow His Supremacy, God will love us and forgive us our sins for He is Forgiving and Merciful. We will have to seek refuge with Him; We should seek help from none else but Allah. This is a great favour that Allah has sent a Messenger from among His People, who recites His signs to us, purifies us, teaches us the Book and Wisdom.
Dr Abdul Saboor is Professor of Economics and Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, PMAS Arid Agriculture University, Rawalpindi. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org