An effort in f a c i l i t a t i o n

The weak combo!

To be weak is to do nothing. It is an expression of one’s helplessness.

When judges are not presented with credible evidence, they call the case weak and dismiss it! When a person is not able to sit, the doctors say that the patient is weak.

The Qur’an gives vivid descriptions of some terribly weak cases. 

A. Let us read this beautiful ayah first: 

“O people, a parable is set forth: pay heed to it. Those who call upon aught other than Allah shall never be able to create even a fly, even if all of them were to come together to do that. And if the fly were to snatch away anything from them, they would not be able to recover that from it. Powerless is the supplicant; and powerless is he to whom he supplicates.” (Surah al Hajj 22: 73)

The above mentioned ayah speaks about:

1) The powerlessness of the seeker, the worshipper, the pursuer:

The idol-worshiper is so weak that he hardly uses his brain. He bows and submits before an idol which is lifeless, worthless!

Those who call upon others besides Allah are indeed the weaklings among humanity!

Those who do not worship Allah, worship anything!

Cows, monkeys, snakes, trees, stones, sun, moon, human beings, etc. etc. Some ‘intelligent’ guys worship sexual organs even!

Some human beings worship other human beings. Those who are like them – those who walk, eat, sleep and go to toilet! And those who die and are buried!

These seekers have heart with which they do not understand!  They have eyes with which they do not see! They have ears with which they no not hear! They are like animals. Nay, more misguided!

2) The powerlessness of the sought, the worshipped, the pursued:

The idol or the one pursued is so weak that even if an insignificant creature like a fly were to snatch something from it/him, it/he is so impotent to recover it back. Such a powerless dummy it/he is!

B. In Surah Faathir, the bankruptcy of the ones whom people invoke other than Allah is mentioned in an eloquent manner. 


“He causes the night to enter the day, and He causes the day to enter the night and has subjected the sun and the moon – each running [its course] for a specified term. That is Allah, your Lord; to Him belongs sovereignty. And those whom you invoke other than Him do not possess [as much as] the membrane of a date seed.” (Surah Faathir 35: 13)

The false ‘gods/lords’ do not own anything! Not even the peel of a date seed!

Have you noticed a date seed? Try to remove its outer covering. It is so feeble and insignificant.

C. The combo’s helplessness is best explained in the story of Prophet Ibraheem alaihis salam.

“They said, “Have you done this to our gods, O Ibraheem?” (Surah al Ambiyaa 21: 62)

One fine day, when they saw all their idols except one broken and lying on the ground helplessly, they asked this question to Prophet Ibraheem:

What have you done to our ‘gods’? They are razed to ground. They are lying helplessly.

We made our ‘gods’, and you broke them!

The great Prophet (peace be upon him) immediately reminded them of their brains.

Why are you asking me? Ask them! The bigger idol must have done it! Seek answer from your ‘gods’!

They understood the weakness of their case but persisted in their idolatry:

They said ‘You know well that they do not speak’. (21: 65)

“He (Prophet Ibraheem) said, “Then do you worship instead of Allah that which does not benefit you at all or harm you? (21: 66)

You are worshipping such weaklings that can neither help you nor harm you!

“Fie upon you and upon all that you worship beside Allah. Don’t you have brains?” (Surah al Ambiyaa 21: 67)

The truth is as clear as broad daylight. If only man uses his senses!

May Allah save us all from the pitfalls of Shirk, associating partners with Him. Aameen.

May Allah guide us and bless us all. Aameen.

Jazakallahu Khayra for reading this post of mine.

April 9, 2013 - Posted by | Reflections | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,


  1. Ameen great post 🙂

    Comment by anonymous970 | April 10, 2013 | Reply

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