Exploring ‘Rahmah” in Surah al Kahf, Part 2
Dear brothers and sisters, Assalamu Alaikum.
There is so much to learn from Surah al Kahf.
In Part 1 our focus was on the word Rahmah as such being used in Surah al Kahf.
Let us now try to explore some more aspects of Rahmah, Inshaa’Allah…
This is from my personal study and understanding. I praise Allah for good things. May He forgive my shortcomings. Aameen.
There is no crookedness in the Qur’an. It is Straight and Crystal Clear from cover to cover! (18: 1, 2)
Consider those ‘Scriptures’ which are filled with illogical, complex arguments interspersed with unscientific, irrational theories and contradictory statements.
Allah, through His infinite Rahmah, saved the Muslim Ummah from the pitfalls and miseries of such crookedness.
Lesson: It is the Rahmah of Allah that Al Qur’an Al Kareem stands unique and that Islam is not a spiritually-challenged civilization!
It is a part of Allah’s Rahmah that the believers must be rewarded and the disbelievers punished. (18: 2, 3).
To punish someone is to be merciful? You may wonder!!
Is not mercy to wolf, cruelty to sheep?!
Lesson: If one applies his mind and follows the Book that Makes Everything Clear, he is saving himself from eternal damnation. Otherwise he is writing his own death warrant!
It is a part of Allah’s Rahmah that He tells clearly about Himself so that man not only recognises and believes in the One True Lord but also to save mankind from the cunningness of priests and so-called ‘godly men’! (18: 4)
Allah has no son, no partners whatsoever. Those who say that God has taken someone as a son are either telling out of ignorance or deliberately cooking up a lie! (18: 5)
Lesson 1: Ignorance is no bliss, it leads to blasphemy.
Lesson 2: Beware of liars more so in matters of religion! Don’t risk your life here and hereafter.
Prophet Muhammad, Sal-lal-laahu-Alaihi-Wa-Sallam, was the Prophet of Mercy: Rahmatul-lil-‘Aalameen. He was so concerned about people’s welfare.
He used to trouble himself a lot for the sake of people’s happiness and salvation so much so that the Most Merciful of the Merciful, Allah, had to intervene and stop him:
“Perhaps, you would kill yourself (O Muhammad) in grief, over their footsteps (for their turning away from you), because they believe not in this narration (the Qur’an).” (18: 6)
On the one hand, Surah al Kahf reveals the mercifulness of the one to whom it was revealed, and on the other hand, the One who revealed it showers His Mercy by stopping His concerned Messenger not to torment himself for the utter heedlessness of his people.
Lesson: Conveying the message – dawah – must be one’s prime concern, not crying over the people’s reaction!
The world is nothing but glitter and glamour.
It is nothing but Allah’s exclusive Rahmah on the one who overcomes all temptations and allurements and strives in this world keeping Aakhirah in perspective.
Wealth and children too are adornments of this world.
In short, this world is a test. When the test is over, the world wouldn’t be as it is now. (Refer 18: 7, 8, 46, and 47)
Lesson: This dunya is made for you, and you are made for the Aakhirah.
Al Qur’an, being available at all times in its pristine purity is the ever prevailing Rahmah of Allah upon the Muslim Ummah.
Qur’an is divinely powered by an eternally protected anti-virus software that no hacker worth the salt can wag his tail!
None can tamper with the Words of Allah! (18: 27)
Lesson: Be grateful to your Lord by reciting and following the inimitable Qur’an. Those following paths other than the Qur’anic path are running after mirages. Extend the wings of Rahmah by doing dawah.
Man is forgetful. He is haughty.
Being forgetful is not a problem. Being haughty is!
Man boasts that he can do this, he can do that: “I will do this tomorrow”!
Not so those upon whom is the shade of Allah’s Rahmah.
True believers know that the remote-control is in the hands of Allah. A true Muslim adds ‘Inshaa’Allah’ – If Allah Wills, I will be able to do that.
The hidden aspect of Allah’s Rahmah in the utterance of the clause ‘Inshaa’Allah’ is that Allah saves a Muslim from uttering a lie. Suppose you say you will do something, and then you don’t do that. Won’t it amount to telling a lie? That you said but you didn’t do!
When you add ‘Inshaa’Allah’ while stating your future plans, you will be free of any blame if the intended plan does not actually take place, since we only said we would do that if Allah wills it, and it is clear that Allah has not willed it!
Let me point out that some Muslims use this Islamic phrase to cheat people or wriggle out of a particular situation. Some even make fun saying: Inshaa’Allah, Inshaa’Allah…They in fact make a mockery of Islam.
Lesson: Say ‘Inshaa’Allah’ when you intend to do something in future. Know that Allah knows your thoughts and secrets and that He will help and reward you according to that which you intend for. Remember your Lord and hope that He will guide you aright in your affairs.
Being with Jama’ah is to live under Allah’s Rahmah. Islam is community-bound. We need to tie-up with our Community and not live like scattered individuals. (18: 28)
Lesson: Be with your community. Don’t get divided. Unity is strength.
Bad friendship, bad company is disastrous.
To have evil ones as one’s friends is to put one’s Aakhirah on stake.
There is abundance of Rahmah in the Zikr of Allah.
Those who follow their vain desires are heedless of Allah’s Remembrance. They unplug Allah’s Rahmah from the socket of their life. You cannot take such people as your friends! (18: 28)
Lesson: A drowning man cannot be your friend. Have friendship with those who have set ‘Pleasing Allah’ as their priority.
It is against the Hikmah as well as the Rahmah of Allah to impose things on people. He has sent down the Truth. Freedom is given to choose or reject. Allah wants man to become responsible for his or her own deeds. (18: 29)
If a teacher conducts an exam and he himself supplies answers without giving the students the freedom to write, will there be any meaning in conducting an examination?
When you conduct a test, you should give freedom.
When you have choice, you become responsible for your action!
Lesson: Man enjoys freedom to believe or disbelieve. He is responsible to make or mar his destiny. The onus lies with oneself.
To be continued…..Inshaa’Allah