Through Surah al Kahf and Throughout our life!
Reading Surah al Kahf every Friday is always rewarding, refreshing, rejuvenating, reinforcing.
Instilling, inspiring, involving, incorporating.
Every week the regular reader is reminded that everything in this world happens with the knowledge and permission of Allah. Without the Will of Allah, nothing happens!
Muslims are enjoined to say MaaShaaAllah and InShaaAllah in their day to day life. When making a plan, say Inshaa’Allah. If Allah wills, it will happen. Upon witnessing something pleasant or unpleasant, say MaaShaa’Allah. What Allah willed, has happened/What Allah wills, will happen!
If you say these phrases by truly understanding its meaning and significance, then you will definitely feel a kind of closeness with your Lord, with Whose help, support, knowledge and permission everything happens!
Some Muslims, you might have noticed, say Inshaa’Allah in a jest or as a joke. In such ridiculous a way that either you feel like slapping them or feeling bad about their attitude! Such Muslims must realise that by making a mockery of genuine Islamic phrases, they are in fact making fun of themselves!!
In Surah al Kahf, through the story of two men, Allah teaches us the value of saying MaaShaaAllah, and through the story of Prophet Moosa and Khidr, Allah reveals the importance of saying InshaaAllah.
History is witness to the fact that the true followers of Islam, whether they lived before or after the times of Prophet Muhammad (sal-lal-laahu-alaihi-wa-sallam), did attach great value in saying these two phrases in their practical life.
When Prophet Ibraheem alaihis salam asked his son Ismaeel alaihis salam about the latter’s willingness to get slaughtered in the way of Allah, he said:
افْعَلْ مَا تُؤْمَرُ ۖ سَتَجِدُنِي إِنْ شَاءَ اللَّـهُ مِنَ الصَّابِرِينَ
“O (my father) do as you are commanded. If Allah wills, you will find me of the steadfast”. (Read the full ayah here)
While proposing one of his daughters in marriage to Moosa alaihis salam, the pious old man (whom Ibn Kathir identifies as Prophet Shu’ayb alaihis salam) said
سَتَجِدُنِي إِنْ شَاءَ اللَّـهُ مِنَ الصَّالِحِينَ “If Allah wills, you will find me of the righteous”. (Read full ayah here)
In a beautiful hadeeth narrated by Abu Hurairah (radhiyallahu anhu) and mentioned in Sahih Muslim, the Prophet Muhammad (sal-lal-laahu-alaihi-wa-sallam) said:
“A strong believer is better and is more lovable to Allah than a weak believer, and there is good in everyone, (but) cherish that which gives you benefit (in the Hereafter) and seek help from Allah and do not lose heart, and if anything (in the form of trouble) comes to you, don’t say: If I had not done that, it would not have happened so and so, but say: Allah did that what He had ordained to do, for your ” if” opens the (gate) of the doings of Satan”. (Read the Arabic text here)
Before proceeding further, let me highlight some linguistic facts:
The triliteral root shīn yā hamza (ش ي أ) occurs 519 times in the Quran, in two derived forms:
1) 236 times as the verb shāa (شَآءَ)
2) 283 times as the noun shay (شَىْء)
Shaa’a means ‘to will’, ‘to wish’.
Shay’ means ‘thing’, ‘something’.
The words Shaa’a and Shay coming from the same root has got interesting connection. This fascinates me.
If anything or something is to ever happen, it needs the will and wish of Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aala.
Without the Mashee’ah of Allah, nothing happens!
Without the Shaa’a of Allah, no Shay can come into existence! Subhaanallah!
Please be reminded that man can also have his will. As Allah says in Surah at-Takweer:
لِمَنْ شَاءَ مِنْكُمْ أَنْ يَسْتَقِيمَ “For whoever wills among you to take a right course”.
But immediately after saying this, Allah continues: وَمَا تَشَاءُونَ إِلَّا أَنْ يَشَاءَ اللَّـهُ رَبُّ الْعَالَمِينَ
“And you do not will except that Allah wills – Lord of the worlds”. (Refer last three verses of Surah at Takweer)
Man must understand that his will is subject to the will of Allah.
No wonder then that the Qur’an repeatedly mentions this phrase:
إِنَّ اللَّهَ عَلَىٰ كُلِّ شَيْءٍ قَدِيرٌ
“Certainly Allah has power over all things”.
In our day to day life, we witness many practical things which reinforces our belief that it is only the Will of Allah that is supreme.
* He provides abundant sustenance to whomsoever He wills.
* To whomsoever He wills, He bestows happiness. To whomsoever He wills, he puts them into trials and tribulations.
* Whatever man does in regard to his/her marriage, only that which is ordained takes place.
* Whatever man does with regard to having children, it is only the Will of Allah that works.
* He gives boys to some as per His will. He gives daughters to some as per His will.
* He gives daughters and sons to some as per His will.
* And He keeps some childless as per His will.
* He gives long life to some as per His will. He gives death according to His plan.
“He is the Doer of what He intends” (Surah al Burooj 85: 16)
He knows what is best and does what is best.
There is none worthy of worship and obedience except Allah.
He is our Helper, our Nourisher, our Sustainer.
We need to seek His help, now and always.
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