‘O Mankind…’

August 18, 2009 § 7 Comments

This verse never fails to move me:

يَـٰٓأَيُّہَا ٱلنَّاسُ أَنتُمُ ٱلۡفُقَرَآءُ إِلَى ٱللَّهِۖ وَٱللَّهُ هُوَ ٱلۡغَنِىُّ ٱلۡحَمِيدُ

O mankind! it is you who stand in need of Allâh, But Allâh is Rich (Free of all needs), Worthy of all praise. (35:15)

The English translation does not do the verse justice. SubhanAllah, if we just ponder upon this verse, we can begin to understand the concept of Tawheed. It is us who are the fuqaraa’, the needy ones, the ones who don’t really own anything in this dunya. We take all our blessings for granted, not realising or contemplating on the fact that it is Allah subhanna wa ta’ala who has actually given us everything we have and he has the ability to take it away.

Why then do we still disobey Allah subhanna wa ta’ala? Why do we still have the strength to turn our heads away from his commandments?  To show pride and arrogance in his disobedience when it is he who brought us into creation from a nutfah? It is not him who is in need of us, but us in need of him because we are the fuqaraa’ – and he is Al-Ghani.



§ 7 Responses to ‘O Mankind…’

  • AD says:

    we are humans and we are designed to take most things wrong!
    but that isnt to make us feel better!
    we have gotta fight!

  • anasimtiaz says:

    SubhanAllah…Actually we disobey Allah when we feel like we dont need Him (which is never true). Suddenly, something happens and we are back on prayer mats within minutes.

    • PD says:

      Yes, and Allah mentions this in the Qu’ran:

      And when harm touches man, he invokes Us, lying down on his side, or sitting or standing. But when We have removed his harm from him, he passes on as if he had never invoked Us for a harm that touched him! Thus it is made fair-seeming to the Musrifûn[] that which they used to do. (Suran Yunus – 12)

  • Actually this verse blows that agnostic arguement out of the water… that if there was no God, There would have been a need to invent one.

    That we actually need Allah, a concept of one almighty to actually stay sane. But its not just this concept that is being put forward by this verse. Allah is rich can also mean, the concept of Allah is rich and can exist in any possible consistent set of rules of science.

    In the end even the agnostics and atheists need faith in science.

    So yes, All praise be to Allah.

    I could be wrong, Wallaho Alam.

    • PD says:

      What you say makes sense too actually. But, Wa Allahu Aalam.

      Sometimes I wonder how you can’t have any absolute faith at all, when they deny the concept of God, they are actually acknowledging there is God in their denial.

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