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ظلم – The greatest wrong!

Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem

Insha’Allah I plan to discuss on some selected words from the Glorious Qur’an, on a fortnightly basis. Today’s word is  ظلم

وَإِذْ قَالَ لُقْمَانُ لابْنِهِ وَهُوَ يَعِظُهُ يَا بُنَيَّ لا تُشْرِكْ بِاللَّهِ إِنَّ الشِّرْكَ لَظُلْمٌ عَظِيمٌ

“And (remember) when Luqmân said to his son when He was advising him: “O My son! join not in Worship others with Allâh. Verily! joining others in Worship with Allâh is a great Zûlm (wrong) indeed.” (Surah Luqman: 31: 13)

We need to understand: Shirk and Zulm.

Shirk is:

Associating partners with Allah

Taking ‘gods’ other than Allah

Worshipping anyone other than Allah

‘Shirk’ is equated with Zulm!

What is Zulm?

The literal meaning of Zulm is ‘to keep a thing not in its place’.

It also means wrong, injustice, evil!

Shoe has to be kept on a shoe rack. If you keep your shoe on the dining table, it is injustice to dining table!

Creations have to be given only the respect they deserve. But if you give them a position on par with the Creator, you are actually insulting the real Creator!

Prostrating is for only Allah. If you prostrate to people, it is injustice and insult to Allah!

It is the right of Allah that He alone should be worshipped. If you snatch that right and give it to others, you are actually doing injustice with Allah!

The phrase used in the verse mentioned above is لَظُلْمٌ عَظِيمٌ

ظُلْمٌ عَظِيمٌ  means ‘the greatest wrong; the greatest injustice’.

In Arabic the prefix La – the laam of emphasis – is used to give stress and force to the statement.

So, لَظُلْمٌ عَظِيمٌ  means: Indeed the greatest wrong; Verily, the greatest injustice; Surely, the greatest evil!

Every human being has his or her own father. If you tell your father that he is not your real father, will he be happy with you? He will rather slap you for uttering the blasphemous statement!

Attributing someone else to be one’s father is in fact the greatest wrong a child can do to his real parent!

If someone associates anyone with Allah, it is in fact the greatest injustice, the greatest wrong a man can do to his Creator!

So, beware of committing ‘shirk’, for it is the greatest wrong!


June 4, 2011 - Posted by | Kalimaat: Qur'anic Words

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