Ramadhan desserts (part6)
أبو حنظلة محمد زهري
إِيَّاكَ نَعْبُدُ وَإِيَّاكَ نَسْتَعِينُ
You do we serve and You do we beseech for help.
In this verse Allah swt had put forward the pronoun (ك) - 'you' in front of the noun (فعل) and this uslub or method / style / manner is to indicate specification and emphasis on the pronoun. For clarity, we can see the difference between (1) we worship you Allah & (2) you Allah (only) we worship. The former only indicate that worship is for Allah swt whereas the latter clearly indicate specification and emphasis, that is to Allah only we worship. Therefore the verse clearly teaches us worship is solely for Him and to seek help only from Him. As we always read
إن صلاتي و نسكي و محياي و مماتي لله رب العالمين
Verily my solat and my sacrifice and my life and death is for Allah Rab of the worlds.
And acceptance of worship when it fulfills 2 conditions- 1) according to the Quran and Sunnah 2) sincerity - ikhlas, solely for His pleasure. So a Muslim after making hamd to Allah, knowing Him for His greatness and His attributes, and constantly in conscience of the judgement day where he will be judge accordingly, now he has to have a proper worship just for Him. And that is the reason He created mankind when he said 'verily I had not created jinn and mankind only for his worship'
and the greatest form of worship is doa. Asking him for His forgiveness, mercy and help. And that is why He commanded us to ask from Him only for help. Why not as He is the Creator, controller and Holder of all things and it is illogical to ask other makhluk as they can't do anything except with His permission. And this is the characteristics of 'tawakkul'- reliance to Him- and 'iman'- faith.
And the Prophet saw has inculcate this belief deep rooted inside his companions' hearts. Once he say to Ibn Abbas who was a small boy at that time:
يـا غـلام ! إني اعـلمك كــلمات : احـفـظ الله يـحـفـظـك ، احـفـظ الله تجده تجاهـك ، إذا سـألت فـاسأل الله ، وإذا اسـتعـنت فـاسـتـعـن بالله ، واعـلم أن الأمـة لـو اجـتمـعـت عـلى أن يـنـفـعـوك بشيء لم يـنـفـعـوك إلا بشيء قـد كـتـبـه الله لك ، وإن اجتمعـوا عـلى أن يـضـروك بشيء لـم يـضـروك إلا بشيء قـد كـتـبـه الله عـلـيـك ؛ رفـعـت الأقــلام ، وجـفـت الـصـحـف
O young man, I shall teach you some words [of advice]: Be Mindful of ALLAH and ALLAH will protect you. Be Mindful of ALLAH and you will find Him in front of you. If you ask, then ask ALLAH [alone]; and if you seek help, then seek help from ALLAH [alone]. And know that if the Nation were to gather together to benefit you with anything, they would not benefit you except with what ALLAH had already prescribed for you. And if they were to gather together to harm you with anything, they would not harm you except with what ALLAH had already prescribed against you. The Pens have been lifted and the Pages have dried.
And there are numerous verses in the Quran warning us from calling and beseeching other than Allah swt in doa, whether directly or indirectly....
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