Quranic reflections: Divine alerts – seventh Para
By Dr Abdul Saboor
Quran’s description of Surah Al-Maidah is amazing as being explained in this magnificent Para. Soft hearted people of the Christian Delegation start weeping when the verses of Quran are recited before them (Recall Nijashi of Habsha). Recognizing the Divine Truth, they accept Quranic verses. They feel no hesitation to say that their names should be written among the people who offer witness for Islam. This is how Divine Wisdom makes people alert and finally they found the secret of Allah’s supremacy. They learn the lesson that disbelievers and those who deny God’s signs will be punished in Hellfire in the life hereafter.
Allah warns us that we should not forbid good things that He has made lawful for us. We should not transgress as He does not like the transgressors. We are allowed to eat what has been made lawful by Allah. Be careful! Drinking wine, playing gambling, and pursuing “game of chance” are satanic routes to destruction. What a marvelous conversation style! Would you avoid it (wine)? All kinds of lottery and gift schemes are not sacred for us though pure investment is justified. There are some dirty satanic things which keep us away from good virtues and prayers. Such kinds of things may dim the paint of our faith gradually.
We must realize that sacred and secular paths cannot be of the same nature and of same destiny. When the verses on denial of the Idea of Trinity were revealed: Jesus argued that he had asked people to pray one God, the Holy Prophet (PBUH) keeps on weeping the whole night for fear of the fact that his followers might not be slipped and detracted like that of the People of Jesus (RA). This truly reflects the Prophet’s (PBUH) deep love and affection for his followers.
God knows each and everything. He knows what we conceal or what we disclose. He has given us control over our souls. If we are rightly guided, none can harm us. We all are to go to Allah ultimately Who will remind us of what we have used to do. Surah Al-Maidah ends with a final statement of Allah’s complete Sovereignty and Power over all things. Our souls should completely be absorbed in the Totality of God’s Reality. This is the way the great triumph can be achieved when Allah is pleased with the truthful who ultimately is content with Him.
Surah Al-Inam of this Para explains the oneness of Allah Who is the Master of All hidden treasures. Only He has keys of everything including faith and wisdom. His unique wisdom is dominating on everything. He knows each and everything-tangible as well as intangible. Allah makes an examination of His people by giving them authority, rights and resources on this earth and in deep seas. How we are using such authorities is the real test of leadership. Allah has given preference to some of us over the others. This grant may be associated to the optimal use of rights and resources.
All orders are from Allah as all of His blessings. Only He could make good orders and best decisions. If He wants to give reward to us, no one can stop Him. Only He may show us the right direction of life; only He may divert anyone of us to wrong path. He can snatch the sight of our eyes and hearing power of our ears. But at the same time, he is the superb mathematician Who counts every fraction of our intentions. Even our good intentions are rewarded before these could take the shape of virtues.
Thanklessness to Allah leads us to wrong direction. Deaf, dumb and blind are those who do not find Allah from numerous clues and hints being shown in this universe. His reflection is appearing in the rise and fall of sun, in the giant range of mountains, in skies, in flora and fauna. Whatsoever is available between the Sky and the Earth or even beyond these boundaries is from Allah.
This Surah further documents the final charge sheet against non-believers who create doubt in all matters. There is a red alert in the shape of explanation of ruins of six ancient empires: a sort of last warning to non-believers. Today, humanity can learn a lot from the ruins of these nations. The common take home message being drawn from these events is the complete submission of us to the sovereignty of Allah.
Many a thanks to Allah Jee for the blessed alerts given in this Para. We have been warned that we should not say bad words to the gods of non-believers otherwise they would use wrong words for your True God. This connotation is linked to a broad implicit message that we should not waste our energies and time in blaming others. We should demonstrate truthfulness. We should present the True Picture of our Rub to others which is only possible if we follow these verses of Quran in true spirit. Such a demonstration would automatically convince the non-believers for the sanctity of Muslim’s Allah.
Besides lot of Divine Alerts coined in this Para, good news also springs up from Allah. He would demonstrate His Super Blessing at the Day of Judgment. He has made such kinds of grants of blessing compulsory on Himself. This Rahmat means to save the people from harm in this world and from fire in the world hereafter. The secret of winning such Rahmat lies in taking care of Divine Alerts.
In this Para we are being warned to keep away from those people who have made religion a fair and festival. The worldly life has engulfed them in deception and illusion. We should preach them through Quran. But if we see some of them denying the Divine Verses, keep away from such kind of people. We should say prayers and have fear of Allah for His path is the right path. One day, we will be gathered before Him Who has covered everything of this universe through His wisdom. .
Allah’s Rahmat is reflective of the typical divine gesture that He offers ten times reward to our virtues but the punishment of a sin is merely counted for a single time. But at the peak of His Rahmat (Keep strong faith on this narrative), He may convert all of our sins into virtues provided that we turn to Him in total commitment and seek His forgiveness. His Rahmat is prominently dominant on His anger. Keeping Divine alerts in view, let us change our life for endearing Allah’s blessings and bounties.
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