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Being a Slave of Allah

Being a Slave of Allah

Surah Maaidah, 118

إِن تُعَذِّبۡہُمۡ فَإِنَّہُمۡ عِبَادُكَ‌ۖ وَإِن تَغۡفِرۡ لَهُمۡ فَإِنَّكَ أَنتَ ٱلۡعَزِيزُ ٱلۡحَكِيمُ

If You punish them, they are Your slaves, and if You forgive them, verily You, only You are the All¬Mighty, the All¬Wise.

  • Dialogue that will take place between Allah and ‘Eesa ibn Maryam on DOJ and the indiscretion of his followers
  • If you punish them, they are your slaves. If you forgive them, you are ‘Azeezul Hakeem.
  • What ‘Eesa is saying is that if you choose to punish them, they are your slaves – instilling here the concept of Rububiyyah
  • ‘Abd means slave – that is the literal translation – we are the slaves of Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala
  • A slave is someone who is considered the property of someone else.
  • What is our relationship with Allah? What role do we play? We are the slave of Allah! We aren’t entitled anything, we can’t demand anything from Him. He can treat us however He wants.
  • We start to think we’re entitled to certain blessings. We need to think that if Allah chose to make us blind then khalas, that is it. If He did give us sight, then we should be grateful.
  • Allah can deal with us however He pleases but He is also Al Wadood, Al ‘Azeez, Al Haqq, Al Hakeem, Al Ghafoor.
  • When you understand this, you are thankful for every single moment of your life. It keeps you obedient and mindful of every single one of your actions.
  • Allah rewards us to spend us with the money HE blessed us with! SubhanAllah! Look how generous and merciful He is.
  • Typically when forgiveness is spoken about, the attributes mentioned are like Al Ghafoor, etc but here it is mentioned ‘Azeez and Hakeem – showing He is still completely capable of punishment but He chose to forgive them – He is the Most Wise – He knows why to forgive.
  • The Hikmah of Allah goes beyong our logic and understanding.
  • We are the slaves of Allah.
  • In life, we have specific restrictions. In fasting, even what is allowed, Allah asks you to give it up. It builds the concept of slavery. So afterwards, you can stay away from what you need to. You do as Allah says – submit to Him in every way.
  • Let us utilize this month to build this attitude of slavery – Prophet (S) prided himself on being a slave.
  • On the day Prophet (S) conquered Makkah, he entered at the back of the army, and his head was so low, he was reciting and praising Allah saying He fulfilled his promise and helped his slave – the Prophet.
  • The dignity and respect of a human comes with being a slave of Allah.
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