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.